The system is going to combine several different streams of information in order to track criminals as well as potential terrorists.
According to CBS
, Raymond Kelly, New York's Police Commissioner, said that the software was developed with Microsoft. Kelly went onto say that the new program combines law enforcement databases and city-wide video surveillance.
According to Am NY
, Kelly spoke at the Aspen Security Forum on Saturday but he did not go into a whole lot of detail about how the system actually works. All he basically said was that the system takes all historical information from surveillance cameras and querying all the databases and places them into a work bench, pretty much instantaneously.
Kelly told the audience that the system will be unveiled soon, maybe as soon as next week.
According to MSNBC
, the police department has been working on developing this system since 2009.
An NYPD Counter-terrorism document from 2009 described the system's uses. Some of the uses described in the document includes deterring terrorist attacks, reduce incident response times, aid in detecting potential terrorist threats and to provide a degree of common domain awareness for all stakeholders.