Microsoft And NYPD Partner For Crime Awareness System

NOVA had an interesting segment on New York City’s "Domain Awareness" CCTV system last night and I thought it was an odd partnership. I wasn’t aware that Microsoft was in the CCTV arena. The core piece seems to be the central indexing of video feeds that are searchable by color, location, time, etc. Individually nothing particularly fancy, but the consolidation of all the NYC cameras into a single searchable system is interesting. It also seemed to be integrated into their 911 dispatch system. The NOVA segment was a bit vague on details and my initial searches didn't reveal much either (just the reposting & rehashing of various press releases).

Any chance IPVM could review and post their findings? Is Microsoft going to be a CCTV VMS player? Will their "Domain Awareness" system be made available to other entities (public or private)?

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