As “Minority Report”-esque as it sounds, the capabilities of NYC’s new Domain Awareness System (DAS) are impressive. The system enables law enforcement a comprehensive view of the city through various sources of data (surveillance cameras, licence plate readers, 911 calls, etc.), which allows officials to quickly assess (and access) relevant information about potentially serious emergencies or threats. By using disparate data from various sources around the city, officials can connect the dots so as to “optimally deploy manpower.” This not only saves time and cost for the city, it also has the potential to reduce threats. Of course, it is very “big-brother” of NYC to adopt this system, but it is an example of Big Data at its best.
(P.S. If you’re a criminal wanting to fly under the radar, wait 30 days until your next spree. DAS purges its data every 30 days and you might be able to escape the patterns the city officials are looking for. Just don’t tell them I said so!)