The Domain Awareness System is a crime-fighting system that has been developed as part of a partnership between Microsoft and the New York Police Department. The newest version of the project has been in use for about a year. The system allows a 911 call to instantly trigger alerts on computer screens across the NYPD, showing officers an interactive map of the neighborhood that the call came from, video from nearby security cameras and lots of other information that they can use when investigating.
Known as the dashboard, The Doman Awareness Systems provides quick access to the NYPD’s arrest records, 911 call logs, license plate readers and more than 3,000 security cameras spread across the city. According to Fox News, the project could have some benefits besides cutting down on crime. An unprecedented marketing deal that allows Microsoft to sell the system to civilian companies and law enforcement agencies around the world is in place. Under the terms of that deal, New York City will get a 30 percent cut of the profits.
Currently the system is mainly used in the offices of the NYPD’s counterterrorism unit, but it could eventually end up giving officer’s real time crime-fighting info on the laptops in their cars and the mobile devices in their pockets.
“This is the kind of stuff you used to only see in movies,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group, a technology analysis firm. “Getting it to work in a way that police departments can use in real time is huge.”
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“Usually, you purchase software that you try to work with, but we wanted this to be something that really worked well for us, so we set about creating it with them,” said Richard Daddario, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism.
It’s a good thing the system is working well. The department reportedly spent between $30 and $40 million working on its development.
Source: (Fox News)