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NYPD Unveils New $40 Million Super Computer System That Uses Data from Network of Cameras, License Plate Readers and Crime Reports
August 10, 2012 | William Zimmerman
Domain Awareness System is a joint venture between city and Microsoft. Commissioner Ray Kelly says system is able to access information through live video feeds and allow cops to get reading on radioactive substances
The NYPD is starting to look like a flashy, forensic crime TV show thanks to a new super computer system unveiled Wednesday near Wall St.
The Domain Awareness System designed by the NYPD and Microsoft Corp. uses data from a network of cameras, radiation detectors, license plate readers and crime reports, officials said.
"We're not your mom and pop police department anymore," Mayor Bloomberg crowed. "We are in the next century. We are leading the pack."
The system, which cost somewhere between $30 and $40 million to develop, could also help pay for itself with the city expecting to earn 30% of the profits on Microsoft sales to other city's and countries, Bloomberg said.
The joint venture began when the NYPD approached Microsoft about the effort, officials said.
Cops were involved with the programmers throughout the process, earning the city its cut of the proceeds.
Officials declined to predict how much the city's share of the system could be worth.
"For years, we've been stovepiped as far as databases are concerned," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. "Now, everything that we have about an incident, an event, an individual comes together on that workbench, so it's one-stop shopping for investigators."
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