New York Police Department (NYPD) has collaborated with the software giant, Microsoft, in creating new software which is being called ‘Domain Awareness System.’ The software is essentially meant to let NYPD officers analyse vast amounts of data, dig into all information related to a lead and eventually, to pre-empt crimes and prevent them.
The ‘Domain Awareness System’ presents relevant information geographically so that if a 911 call comes from a certain region, the system is able to map it, find the circumstances in that vicinity, pull up CCTV camera feed in that area and reveal the officials working there. In this way, it is able to organize and present all the relevant data in an effective manner.
While demonstrating the software, it was showed that the system was capable of pulling up all the historic relevant data as well as feed from 3,000 cameras around the city. It further provides information regarding license plate hits from the database and lets the investigators get radioactive alerts shall the risk arise anywhere in the city.
In a news conference, the mayor of the city announced this new software and commended the efforts of both NYPD and Microsoft in creating this software. He stated that the police department itself was the ‘architect’ of the software whereas Microsoft provided the engineering and development support.
Naturally, the scope of such software extends well beyond NYPD. Police departments in a number of other regions would want to lay their hands on it. And so, Microsoft has plans of selling it elsewhere too. 30 percent of the proceeds from such sales would go to NYPD.
Courtesy: The Verge