Friday, August 10, 2012

NYPD's New $40 Million Super Surveillance System

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.
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.
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.

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.

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