Ships carrying hazardous and illegal substances can now be stopped from a distance of 300 metres with the launch of the first-of-its-kind amphibious vehicle designed by Dubai Customs.
Dubai Customs has launched an amphibious car for detecting illicit and hazardous substances in Dubai Creek and surrounding areas. The vehicle, which functions as a mobile lab, is equipped with high-end solar-powered technologies and can detect prohibited substances from up to a distance of 300 metres. The objective of the project is to aid Customs inspectors in the execution of their duties and responsibilities as well as putting an end to illegal goods entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The amphibious car will monitor ships and vehicles and remotely detect substances considered to be a threat to the region. The equipment on board the mobile lab is capable of scanning the perimeter, body and internal parts of a sea vessel. More than 10 high-tech inspection devices are part of this unique and innovative project, which is the first of its kind in the world. The lab equipment can analyse and give speedy results for over 60,000 chemical substances.
“It is the first amphibious laboratory in the world that can detect illegal and hazardous substances, such as drugs and radioactive materials, smuggled in steamboats and wooden dhows. It is equipped with advanced cameras that can send live videos and images to the main control room,” said Sami Eisa, the person behind the idea and Manager of the Intelligence Department in Dubai Customs.