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Dubai launches robot to reduce water pollution

The scraper's secondary systems include an intelligent marine survey system that identifies waste sites. (Image source: Dubai Municipality)

Dubai Municipality has unveiled its latest environmental innovation, the smart marine scraper.

Developed locally by Emirati talents in collaboration with Al Khattal Boat Factory, this advanced scraper represents a significant leap forward in the municipality's efforts towards environmental preservation.

Operated remotely, the smart marine scraper boasts unlimited range control and real-time monitoring capabilities facilitated by satellite technology. Its sophisticated control system utilises 5G networks to execute precise marine manoeuvres, ensuring effective waste collection.

Use of AI

The scraper's secondary systems include an intelligent marine survey system that identifies waste sites and initiates the removal process. Additionally, an interactive external environment system enhances marine safety by automatically preventing collisions. With enhanced productivity, the scraper can efficiently collect and transfer up to 1,000 kilograms of floating marine waste.

The introduction of the smart scraper underscores Dubai Municipality's commitment to technological innovation and the development of sustainable solutions to enhance municipal operations' efficiency. Aligned with its waste management objectives, environmental preservation, and pollution reduction, the municipality aims to maintain Dubai's cleanliness and sustainability while improving its appeal and quality of life.

Dubai Municipality has deployed a dedicated team responsible for overseeing the cleanliness of water canals and creeks spanning over 35 kilometres (19 nautical miles). Comprising 12 marine captains, 25 workers and sailors, and 12 marine vehicles, this team ensures daily cleaning tasks are executed according to the work plan, with round-the-clock field follow-ups to safeguard Dubai's marine and natural environments from pollution caused by floating waste.