News Summary: NYPD, Microsoft team to fight crime


HI-TECH CRIME FIGHTING: The New York City Police Department and Microsoft Corp. have developed technology that can mine and assemble data from arrest records, 911 calls, more than 3,000 security cameras citywide, license plate readers and portable radiation detectors.

FUTURE GROWTH: The technology is currently used only in NYPD offices, mainly for counterterrorism, but eventually it could supply real-time information to officers on laptops in their squad cars and on mobile devices while they walk the beat.

POTENTIAL PAYOUT: The system is being marketed to other cities and law enforcement agencies, and could produce tens of millions of dollars for New York City, because of a marketing deal that sets aside a 30 percent cut of any sales.

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