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August 9th, 2012
04:06 PM ET

The "Domain Awareness System" takes NYPD high-tech crime fighting to new levels

The New York City police department has teamed up with Microsoft to build a new high-tech surveillance system called the "Domain Awareness System".

The new system allows police officers to access more than 3,000 closed-circuit cameras, as well as license plate scanners and radiation detectors across the city. The "Domain Awareness System” runs from a single command center in lower Manhattan, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the collaboration.

This new technology will not only profit the police but New York as well, since it will receive 30% of the revenue as Microsoft sells the technology to other police forces across the country.  

Retired Nassau County police officer and director of the Elite Intelligence and Protection Agency Lou Palumbo gives some more insight on the new technology. Palumbo says, "Basically its just a very high-tech sophisticated, most recent generation surveillance system that enhances the city's ability to monitor activity on various levels. Even to the extent to the detection of radiation which is critical."

Filed under: Crime • Cyber security
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