‘Fal­con Eye’ to catch of­fend­ers

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So­lar Im­pulse 2 - the so­lar plane of Swiss pi­o­neers Ber­trand Pic­card and An­dré Borschberg - is to re­turn to Abu Dhabi in the com­ing days after suc­cess­fully touch­ing down in Egypt yes­ter­day.

Borschberg ar­rived at Cairo In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 7.10am lo­cal time after an iconic mo­ment fly­ing over the pyra­mids.

The plane had spent two days and days nights over the Mediter­ranean after set­ting off from Seville. This flight marks the penul­ti­mate leg of the first roundthe-world so­lar flight.

It was also Borschberg’s last flight of the jour­ney as he will hand over the con­trols to Pic­card for the fi­nal leg to the UAE cap­i­tal.

Borschberg said: “This was an emo­tional and mean­ing­ful leg for me, be­ing able to en­joy once more the in­cred­i­ble sen­sa­tion of fly­ing day and night thanks only to the en­ergy of the sun and en­joy­ing fully the present mo­ment.

“But it also brought back many mem­o­ries about the project: from the mo­ment I heard about Ber­trand’s in­cred­i­ble vi­sion of a plane with per­pet­ual en­durance, to the cre­ativ­ity, mo­ti­va­tion and spirit demon­strated by the en­tire team and part­ners through­out this ad­ven­ture.”

The team will wait for the weather to be right but pro­vi­sion­ally hope to touch down on Sun­day in Abu Dhabi where the ad­ven­ture be­gan in March 2015. Au­thor­i­ties in Abu Dhabi will be able to tap into CCTV cam­eras across the city as part of ef­forts to im­prove safety and crack down on bad driv­ers. The ‘Fal­con Eye’ sys­tem has been launched by the The Abu Dhabi Mon­i­tor­ing and Con­trol Cen­tre. State news agency WAM re­ported: “The sys­tem will help con­trol roads by mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic vi­o­la­tions such as the use of hard shoul­ders, il­le­gal park­ing, and the mis­use of roads, and by help­ing to deal with traf­fic ac­ci­dents live. “The sys­tem will also mon­i­tor sig­nif­i­cant be­hav­iours in the city such as pub­lic hy­giene, and hu­man assem­blies in non-ded­i­cated ar­eas.” Last month, Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Di­rec­tor of Traf­fic De­part­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said 2,000 cam­eras are be­ing used in a sim­i­lar man­ner to catch bad driv­ers.

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