The New York Police Department is in the process of fully deploying a new technology that instantaneously mines data from the department’s collection of arrest records, 9-1-1 calls, more than 3,000 security cameras, license plate readers and portable radiation detectors and aggregates it into a user-friendly, readable form in the control room.
In 2009, the department began work on the system, which is called “the dashboard,” and officers were involved throughout the process providing Microsoft programmers input on what they needed during an emergency, law enforcement officials say. As a result, the system is user friendly, they add.
The dashboard was rolled out about six months ago, and among its features is the ability to sound an alert if its sensors detect that a bag or other item has been left unattended for a certain period of time. That has made the system attractive to the department’s counter-terrorism bureau, police say.
Eventually, officers will view that data in real time in their vehicles’ computers and on mobile devices as they walk their beat. Among the features the dashboard offers patrol officers is if they receive an emergency call, they will be able to check the address for previous 9-1-1 calls.
In addition, the NYPD expects to make millions of dollars from a deal in which Microsoft can market the software to other law enforcement agencies and civilian companies around the world in exchange for 30 percent of the revenue, law enforcement officials say.