WATCH: DHA Launches 3D Masks For Frontliners

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
WATCH: DHA Launches 3D Masks For Frontliners

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched a new face gear for all frontliners. The new 3D mask is made using 3D printing technology. The production is ongoing and DHA said they are able to manufacture 50 masks every 48 hours. They aim to supply about 500 masks for medical personnel who are in direct contact with Covid-19 patients.

What’s In It?

The 3D masks provide additional protection to the eyes. The light-weight mask has two parts- one of which can be re-used after sterilization. The transparent visor however must be disposed after single use. The Dubai Police distributed 1,000 masks for its frontline officials fighting the pandemic.

“The 3D-printed face shields aim to ensure the safety of our police officers who are working on the frontlines. Unlike the regular face masks which provide limited protection by merely covering the nose and mouth, these face shields protect other exposed areas by covering the entire face,” a Dubai Police official said.

What Else?

The UAE is leaving no stone unturned to safe guard the front liners. Earlier this month, Dubai Police introduced smart helmets to detect Covid. The helmet is fitted with an infra-red camera that can scan the temperature of the driver. The helmet also has Artificial Intelligence technologies like face recognition and car number reading.

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أشاد معالي الفريق ضاحي خلفان تميم، نائب رئيس الشرطة والأمن العام بدبي، بادارة امن المواصلات بشرطة دبي، على استخدامها الخوذة الذكية ضمن التقنيات الحديثة في تامين قطاع النقل والمواصلات والتي تعتبر الأولى من نوعها على مستوى المنطقة. وصرح العميد عبيد الحثبور، مدير إدارة أمن المواصلات بشرطة دبي، ان الخوذ الذكية تقوم بمسح درجة حرارة مستخدمي المواصلات العامة وقياس درجة حرارة الجمهور بكفاءة عالية، بالإضافة إلي وجود تقنيات الذكاء الاصطناعي مثل تقنية التعرف على الوجوه وتقنية قراءة ارقام السيارات. وتأتي هذه الخطوة تحقيقًا لاستراتيجية الادارة لتامين قطاع امن النقل والمواصلات وفق افضل المعايير والممارسات العالمية لمواجهة انتشار فايروس كورونا.

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The UAE is the first to use this technology in detecting the dreaded pandemic. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, praised the Department of Transportation Security at Dubai Police, for using the smart helmet as part of modern technologies in securing the transport sector.

On another note, Dubai Police shared a heart-warming video thanking the frontlines in the fight against covid-19. Through their official Twitter handle- @DubaiPoliceHQ, they uploaded a one-minute-fifty-four second video with a lovely message. The video features children from various nationalities, thanking the frontlines in different languages.

The video was captioned: “In all world languages, our children share a message of thanks and appreciation for all those on the frontline of defense. They also advise you to #StayHome. With regards from Hemaya International Centre, an affiliate of Dubai Police’s Anti-Narcotics Department.”

The video showcases about 12 different languages including- Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese and Thai. The kids send across thank you messages in each of these languages as UAE’s national anthem plays in the background. Twitterati immediately began circulating the video and it garnered more than 5,000 views. People praised UAE for all the efforts taken so far to curb the spread of covid.