(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Mayor of New York and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.
Michael Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of
Bloomberg, LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News) 
August 8, 2012
No. 291 
System Designed Jointly by NYPD Officers and Microsoft, Pools
Existing Streams of Data from Live Camera Feeds, 911 Calls,
Mapped Crime Patterns and More to Help Officers Prevent Crimes
and Respond Faster 
Microsoft to Sell System Software to Other Governments - City
Receives 30 Percent of Future Sales 
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W.
Kelly today announced a new partnership with Microsoft designed
to bring the latest crime prevention and counterterrorism
technology capabilities to New York City and to law enforcement,
public safety, and intelligence agencies worldwide. The NYPD and
Microsoft worked together to develop the Domain Awareness
System, a sophisticated law enforcement technology solution that
aggregates and analyzes existing public safety data streams in
real time, providing NYPD investigators and analysts with a
comprehensive view of potential threats and criminal activity.
For example, analysts are quickly notified of suspicious
packages and vehicles and NYPD personnel can actively search for
suspects using advanced technologies like smart cameras and
license plate readers. The NYPD and Microsoft jointly developed
the system by bringing together Microsoft’s technical expertise
and technologies with the day-to-day experience and knowledge of
NYPD officers. As part of the agreement, the City will receive
30 percent of revenues on Microsoft’s future sales of the Domain
Awareness System, which will be used to support innovative and
cutting-edge crime-prevention and counter-terrorism programs.
The Mayor and Police Commissioner were joined at the
announcement in Lower Manhattan at the NYPD’s Lower Manhattan
Security Initiative headquarters by Deputy Mayor for Operations
Cas Holloway, Commissioner of the Department of Information
Technology and Communications Rahul Merchant and Vice President
of Microsoft Americas Services (Ret.) Lieutenant General Mike
“Part of the reason we have been able to continue driving down
crime to record lows while devoting considerable resources
counter-terrorism is our heavy investment in technology and our
willingness to develop new, cutting-edge solutions to keep New
Yorkers safe,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “This new system
capitalizes on new powerful policing software that allows police
officers and other personnel to more quickly access relevant
information gathered from existing cameras, 911 calls, previous
crime reports and other existing tools and technology. It will
help the NYPD do more to prevent crimes from occurring and help
them respond to crimes even more effectively. And because the
NYPD built the system in partnership with Microsoft, the sale of
the product will generate revenue for the City that will fund
more new crime-prevention and counter-terrorism programs.” 
“The system is a transformative tool because it was created by
police officers for police officers,” said Police Commissioner
Kelly. “Its development is a testament to the talent and
experience of our officers. And this agreement with Microsoft
will allow the NYPD to continue to fund innovative
counterterrorism and crime prevention programs.” 
“Microsoft is honored to partner with the NYPD to provide these
important public safety capabilities to other jurisdictions,”
said Kathleen Hogan, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft
Services. “The NYPD is a respected leader and continuously
innovating to ensure the safety of their citizens. It is a
privilege to support their work with our technology and
professional services.” 
The Domain Awareness System is a powerful counterterrorism and
policing tool for retrieving and displaying information from
cameras, license plate readers, environmental sensors and law
enforcement databases. Using an intelligent and intuitive
graphical interface, it provides real-time alerts and the means
to quickly call up relevant information to guide and inform
police action. Its mapping features, which are tied to rich data
sources, support investigations, crime analysis and effective
management of police resources. The system, developed by police
officers for police officers, is an innovative tool that has the
potential to revolutionize law enforcement, intelligence and
public safety operations. 
Examples of scenarios where the new system will help the NYPD
prevent or solve crimes: 
•     Investigators will have immediate access to information
through live video feeds, and instantly see suspect arrest
records, 911 calls associated with the suspect, related crimes
occurring in the area and more; 
•     Investigators can map criminal history to geospatially and
chronologically reveal crime patterns; 
•     Investigators can track where a car associated with a
suspect is located, and where it has been in past days, weeks or
•     Police commanders can query databases to map, review and
correlate crime information with the deployment of resources; 
•     If a suspicious package is left at a location, the NYPD can
immediately tap into video feeds and quickly look back in time
and see who left it there; or 
•     If radiation detectors in the field set off alarms and
alert the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative command center,
the new system will help quickly identify whether the
radioactive material is naturally occurring, a weapon, or a
harmless isotope used in medical treatments. 
The City has approximately 3,000 Closed-Circuit TV cameras
connected to the Domain Awareness System. The majority of these
cameras are in Lower Manhattan - south of Canal Street, from
river to river - and in Midtown Manhattan - between 30th street
and 60th street, from river to river. NYPD has begun to expand
camera coverage to in the boroughs outside of Manhattan. 
System Development 
The NYPD and Microsoft jointly developed the system by bringing
together Microsoft’s technical expertise and technologies with
the day-to-day experience and knowledge of NYPD personnel.
Microsoft handled the coding and system architecture, and the
NYPD set out the system requirements, which were developed
through an exhaustive series of focus groups in which members of
the NYPD thought critically and creatively about how they
perform their jobs and how technology could facilitate and
streamline efficient operations of our mission. 
Agreement with Microsoft 
Microsoft has agreed to pay the City 30 percent of its gross
revenues on the sale of the system to other customers worldwide.
In addition, Microsoft will provide access to any innovation
derived from the sale of the system to new customers. The NYPD
has agreed to describe accurately the project to prospective
licensees of the base technology platform. Revenue generated for
the City from the sale of this technology will be used to
support innovative and cutting-edge counter-terrorism and crime-prevention programs. 
The agreement encourages the sharing of cutting-edge best
practices and innovation in order to fight terrorism and crime.
The agreement allowed City government to leverage its resources
to utilize a private sector company to create a tool to better
protect New Yorkers and to create a product that can help other
jurisdictions or companies benefit from the expertise of the
For more information on the technology, law enforcement
organizations can contact 
Contact:     Stu Loeser / Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958
Paul Browne (NYPD)(212) 360-1311
David Patterson (Microsoft)(415) 247-1666 
(rml) NY 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.