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Dubai Customs launches AI security system to protect port and ensure trade

Dubai Customs has launched Siyaj, an AI-based integrated control system to protect and secure the country’s ports and trade gateways, according to a statement from the government.

The government said the new system is based on a number of “sophisticated AI technologies, rapid intervention teams and drones”, as well as rapid intervention teams and a sniffing dog unit.

It said the Siyaj will enhance Dubai and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) security and help protect ports from illegal shipments while ensuring trade continues to run smoothly.

Additionally, Siyaj has integrated features such as the advanced ‘technological unit system’ and the ‘highly qualified skilled team unit’. All are based on “a deep learning central data base” that is regularly fed with updated information.

Furthermore, it also includes a security vessel equipped with advanced technologies to track and control ships before they arrive at port. The rapid intervention teams are available 7 days a week and coordinate with the intelligence department to take action when there is a report of any suspicious goods. 

“We feel proud today that our borders are more secure and our trade is streamlined following the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” said HE Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.

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