A program that combines city-wide video surveillance with law enforcement databases to track criminals and potential terrorists is being developed by the New York Police Department.
The “Domain Awareness System” will be comprised of technology deployed in public spaces as part of the counterterrorism program of the NYPD counterterrorism bureau, including NYPD-owned closed circuit television cameras, license plate readers and other undisclosed domain awareness devices, according to N.Y. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
The Domain Awareness System is to be officially unveiled by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) sometime this week, said Kelly, who unveiled the program while speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. on July 28.
The system is designed to facilitate the observation of pre-operational activity by terrorist organizations or their agents, according the police department. It is also to help in other areas, including:
- Creating a common technological infrastructure to support the integration of new security technology
- Helping in the detection of preparations to conduct terrorist attacks
- Deter terrorist attacks
- Reducing incident response times