Microsoft and the New York Police Department have developed a new computer system that pulls together data from various public safety systems in an effort to give law enforcement better real-time information about what’s happening on the streets at any given moment.
The “Domain Awareness System” was announced in New York today, a joint effort that comes with an unusual clause that gives the city 30 percent of Microsoft’s future sales of the system to other cities and police departments.
Here’s a statement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the city’s perspective:
“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. It will help the NYPD do more to prevent crimes from occurring and help them respond to crimes even more effectively. And because the NYPD built the system in partnership with Microsoft, the sale of the product will generate revenue for the City that will fund more new crime-prevention and counter-terrorism programs.”
More details on the initiative in this news release.