Abu Dhabi uses surveillance tech to protect Grand Prix

Police use surveillance technology and monitoring software to ensure public safety when Formula One visits the UAE each year

Abu Dhabi is traditionally security-conscious, but its protection strategies are ramped up when its Formula One Grand Prix takes place.

The annual race transforms the UAE’s capital emirate for just under a week every autumn as thousands of spectators from all over the world visit its state-of-the-art Yas Marina circuit.

The city’s police force is in charge of the logistics for protecting both the circuit and the emirate’s general civic surroundings during the event.

It is a huge operation that involves vast manpower and tailored technology, according to Khalfan Al Hassani, head of ICT at Abu Dhabi Police. “Year on year, security is enhanced by the introduction of new technologies, features and accessibility,” he said. “The Monitoring and Control Centre (MCC) looks to incorporate the right solutions to meet growing security demands.”

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