Feeds

Microsoft and NYPD install big data crime-fighting system

Domain Awareness System watching Big Apple

Top three mobile application threats

Microsoft and the New York Police Department have teamed up to an information gathering system that is designed to identify and shut down criminal activity on the streets of the Big Apple.

Dubbed the Domain Awareness System (DAS), the software links up police databases, CCTV camera footage, reports from over 3,000 radiation sensors, license plate detectors and public data streams into a crime recognition engine that can be used to support officers on the street.

During the press launch, the system was shown identifying a suspect package and displaying the location on the main police response screen, along with a transcript of the 911 call reporting it and a list of nearby officers. The operator then identified all video cameras in the area and began replaying video of the area to see when the package was left on the sidewalk.

Domain Awareness System

Domain Awareness System - not creepy at all

DAS was developed with Redmond's code monkeys and NYPD's finest collaborating to set the operating requirements to the code. The police told the developers what was needed and Redmond coded it into a big data system.

"Microsoft is honored to partner with the NYPD to provide these important public safety capabilities to other jurisdictions,” said Kathleen Hogan, vice president of Microsoft Services in a statement.

"The NYPD is a respected leader and continuously innovating to ensure the safety of their citizens. It is a privilege to support their work with our technology and professional services."

It's not just a privilege, but also a potential money-spinner. As part of the development deal Microsoft will retain the rights to the DAS code so it can sell it to other police departments around the country. In return, the NYPD takes a 30 per cent kickback on future sales.

"Here's an investment we have made which is going to be invaluable to keep this city safe," said New York's Mayor Bloomberg at a press conference on Wednesday. "But also we think we can recoup all of our expenses over the periods of time and maybe even make a few bucks." ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments
Antenna-array content streamers: 'Ruling against us could dissipate the cloud'
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.