New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today at a press conference that the city’s police force has been collaborating with Microsoft on a new system that analyzes public safety data streams in real time.
Speaking from the city’s Lower Manhattan Security Command Center, Mayor Bloomberg explained that the joint effort between the NYPD and Microsoft would essentially leverage existing counterterrorism measures in the effort to combat everyday crime.
The Domain Awareness System taps into existing data, such as video surveillance feeds and 911 calls, and analyzes them in real time. Examples of its applications include immediate notification regarding suspicious packages and vehicles, tracking a car’s location over a number of months, and improving deployment of emergency services.
The city has thousands of cameras, more than a hundred license plate readers, and has now deployed 2600 radiation detectors with officers on patrol. Anything from a 911 call to a suspiciously parked vehicle to a license plate on a watch list will alert people monitoring the system, and resources can be deployed immediately. Records and reports that mention a piece of data like a license or address will immediately be displayed as well.