Mayor Bloomberg unveiled NYPD's newest toy: a $40 million dollar Domain Awareness System (DAS) the other day.
DAS was designed in a joint effort by the NYPD and Microsoft Corp. It uses data from a network of live feed cameras, radiation detectors, license plate readers and crime reports.
What the report doesn't say is that DAS will more than likely be using facial recognition software and put everyone's face in a database.
The system will also allow cops to get a reading on radioactive substances, and determine if it is naturally occurring, some kind of weapon or a harmless isotope used in medical treatments.
“We can track where a car associated with a murder suspect is currently located and where it’s been over the past several days, weeks or months,” Kelly said. “This is a system developed by police officers for police officers.”
The system will also check license plate numbers to a watch list and alert investigators if a match is detected and quickly pull up crime reports, arrests and warrants on a suspect.
Perhaps they'll be able to ticket and fine you through the mail for drinking a sugary sweet beverage larger than 16 oz. along with a photo of you committing the 'crime'.
This population monitoring hasn't worked so well for England or other places that employee a massive surveillance camera network.
But then again, those countries didn't have Microsoft with it's ever growing spying network helping them.
Welcome to 1984, Winston.