At a news conference this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a partnership between Microsoft and the New York City Police Department that has developed, and now plans to sell to law enforcement agencies, a system using real-time data to help with crime and terrorism prevention.
According to the news release from Bloomberg’s office:
The NYPD and Microsoft worked together to develop the Domain Awareness System, a sophisticated law enforcement technology solution that aggregates and analyzes existing public safety data streams in real time, providing NYPD investigators and analysts with a comprehensive view of potential threats and criminal activity.
For example, analysts are quickly notified of suspicious packages and vehicles and NYPD personnel can actively search for suspects using advanced technologies like smart cameras and license plate readers.
As part of the partnership, New York City will receive 30 percent of all revenue of Microsoft’s sales of the Domain Awareness System.
“We think we can recoup all of our expenses over time and maybe even make a few bucks,” Bloomberg said during the news conference, which was streamed live.