New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday a new crime monitoring system — developed with Microsoft — designed to allow law enforcement to better collect data and review the city in real time, using a collection of cameras, license-plate readers and other resources.
“This new system capitalizes on new powerful policing software that allows police officers and other personnel to more quickly access relevant information gathered from existing cameras, 911 calls, previous crime reports and other existing tools and technology,” Bloomberg said Wednesday.
The Domain Awareness System is said to allow authorities to review live video feeds and quickly check suspect arrest records, while expanding New York City’s radiation detection equipment and enlarging its existing database.
Bloomberg said that the city will take a cut from profits if the technology will be sold to other administrations. The new toy of New York police officers can display important information in real time, either visually or chronologically, to allow them to centralize information about crimes as they happen or are being reported. This is made possible by many screens, flashing visulas, and maps that make the room like a futuristic command-and-control hub. Named as the Domain Awareness System, this new tool was jointly developed by Microsoft engineers and New York police officers.