All new vehicles in Qatar, which have not been previously registered, will have number plates bearing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo starting from June, in addition to the special plates announced at a recent auction.
This was announced by a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official at Milipol Qatar 2022 Wednesday.
Various MoI departments are showcasing the latest technologies and equipment in the field of internal security and civil defence at Milipol Qatar 2022 with the aim of enhancing its security, police and service efforts and speed up the completion of transactions.
These include equipment and technologies that have been already launched as well as those in the pipeline.
The MoI pavilion at Milipol Qatar 2022 is one of largest pavilions participating in this year's edition, housing the ministry's various departments.
Lieutenant Faisal Abdulaziz al-Haydous, an officer at the Vehicles Number Plate Workshop, explained that the pavilion includes samples of the plates that were recently put up for electronic auction to sell special numbers, organised by the General Directorate of Traffic. The new plates will bear the logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
A gyrocopter on display. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
The smart test car is one of the highlights. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
A latest firefighting vehicle. Supplied picture
Lt al-Haydous said that all new - and not previously registered - vehicles will have plates with the championship's logo starting next month, in addition to the distinguished plates announced in the auction.
The General Directorate of Traffic is also showcasing the smart test car, which will be used for tests in driving schools. Captain Salem Hamad al-Jahweel, the licensing officer, said the car has the feature of monitoring drivers' errors without any human intervention, as it is equipped with high-resolution sensors and cameras. The car has a map system that includes data on all roads in the country, including the speeds specified on all roads.
The smart test car can also archive tests for future use, and is linked to a smart application that enables the driver to know and view the test result directly, as well as know the errors in case of failure. Further, it transmits a live image to the traffic authority concerned, which enables direct communication with the driver inside the car.
For its part, the General Directorate of Civil Defence unveiled a modern firefighting and rescue vehicle, the first of its kind in Qatar. The vehicle is designed for rugged areas, especially sandy ones. The directorate is also showcasing a modern fire-monitoring drone.
Captain Abdulhadi Ali Al Marri explained that the new vehicle is a four-wheel drive vehicle equipped with a pump and assistant tank with a capacity of 200 litres, and a foam tank with a capacity of 20 litres. It is intended for rugged wilderness areas, and contains integrated rescue equipment to remove the injured from vehicles that have suffered serious accidents. The vehicle also includes all modern technologies that will help it perform its tasks.
With regard to the drone, he said it is a modern aircraft equipped with thermal cameras and high-precision sensors, and is dedicated to monitoring fires from above, determining the location of a fire with high accuracy, and transmitting a direct image for fire and rescue vehicles to alert areas threatened by fire and people at risk. In addition to video, it can monitor sounds via a high-resolution microphone.
He added that the pavilion also includes a device to detect the leakage of hazardous materials in industrial areas, which can measure at a distance of more than 300m.
The pavilion also introduce visitors to the tasks and services of the Prevention Department and the Preventive Education Department, in addition to a section dedicated to the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College, which reviews the most prominent student programmes and registration requirements for admission.
For its part, the General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security is showcasing a gyrocopter, a new introduction to the directorate that is dedicated to search and exploration operations. It is characterised by its ability to fly at a low altitude, does not need a runway for landing and can land on water, and is equipped with high-resolution cameras.
Moreover, First-Lieutenant Hamid al-Humaidi said General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security also has long-range boats whose mission is to protect the Qatari borders and territorial waters to combat smuggling and crime and reduce illegal fishing.
He explained that this type of boat consists of three classes (48/34/24m), with a speed of 35 knots. It is characterised by easy maneuverability and includes the latest radars, communication systems and electronic maps.
The General Directorate of Industrial Security is also participating in Milipol Qatar with a section introducing visitors to the tasks and duties of the directorate, which include protecting industrial cities and pipelines and inspection methods, as well as the procedures required to obtain permits to enter the industrial areas, according to Major Ali Hisham al-Mannai, director of the Ras Laffan Security and Operations Department at the General Directorate of Industrial Security.
Visitors to the pavilion are also introduced to Al-Adheed Service, which is a communication service between the MoI and members of society. The service allows the public to easily pass and transfer notes of all kinds (security, criminal, social, etc) in addition to complaints, suggestions and information to the competent authorities.
On the other hand, the Department of Criminal Evidence and Information at the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation reviews the latest technologies used by the department in performing its tasks, the technological development of devices used, and the nature of daily work.
The National Command Centre is seeking to familiarise visitors with the tasks and duties it performs in the process of enhancing security and safety in the country, in addition to showcasing the latest technologies it uses.