|Dubai's customs department upgraded their technology for better security of the city. / Photo by: Dom Pates via Flickr|
An article posted on tahawultec.com reported that Dubai Customs has recently launched a new high-tech smart inspection device that features 3D CT scanning.
This was made to get better control over cargo movements all across the ports and terminals in the emirate.
The current Executive Director of Clients Management Division, Abdullah Mohammed Al Khaja, announced the launch of the new device at the Um Al Rumoul post office to a large audience that included heads of customs departments and centers in Dubai Customs.
Al Khaja stated, “The advanced technology incorporated in this new device will be a turning point in the inspection field and will significantly support Dubai Customs inspection officers in their work.”
He continued: “There are 944 inspection systems used in Dubai Customs: 6 container scanning systems, 24 small shipment scanning systems, 23 drug and explosives detectors, 4 big shipments scanning systems, and 700 radioactivity detectors, plus 187 communication devices.”
He added that the move was aimed to strengthen Dubai Customs vision to be one of the leading customs administrations in the whole world to better support legitimate trade.
Al Khaja further said, “It also supports our mission of protecting the society and sustaining economic development through compliance, facilitation, and innovation.
For that, we dedicated AED 79M (about US$21.5 million) between 2018 and 2021 to purchase and develop new systems.”
Adel Al Suwaidi, engineer and director of the Technical Support Department, then showed that the new inspection device will be the first of its kind in the whole of the Middle East, and only second in the entire world.
The Director of Air Customs Center Management at Dubai Customs, Humaid Al Rashid, said that the new system will greatly enhance overall inspection performance and better enable inspection officers to do their jobs more safely and efficiently.
Dubai Customs inspection officers are improving in their respective field with 1,628 drug seizures in 2017 compared to 1,347 in 2016.