Microsoft and New York City have unveiled on Wednesday, the "Domain Awareness System". It's a system that aggregates data from a multitude of the city's already existing public cameras of more than 3,000 CCTV cameras around. The system will also analyze the feed in real time.
The Domain Awareness System could automatically say for example, track a vehicle with the city’s network of cameras and smart license plate readers as well as figure out where the vehicle’s been in the past and possibly determine information about the driver, all while feeding that information to police.
Developed as a joint project between Microsoft and the NYPD, it does seem to have some usefulness. Now all there's left is the hope that Microsoft will sell this sort of system to us, what with the crime rates / stories that seem to be extremely rampant these days.
Mayor Bloomberg in New York hailed the DAS as a technological improvement to the City’s police force.
“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,” said Mayor Bloomberg of the system. “It will help the NYPD do more to prevent crimes from occurring and help them respond to crimes even more effectively.”
New York City touted the DAS as a counterterrorism measure in a press release.
Do you think a connected data stream could better protect a city from terrorist attacks, crime, and more? Or does this seem very invasive?