Person of Interest. In case you don’t know it, this is a popular television CBS show about two men who work with a computer to prevent crimes from occurring. One of the men created to computer system and the associated software. It was designed to prevent acts of terrorism against the US and its citizens in the US. It can also identify potential criminal acts against ordinary people, either as a perpetrator or as a victim. That is what the other man does, find out if the person is a perpetrator or victim. The computer system is used in New York City, and the Federal Government. And it is successful. Anyway that is what the show is about.
But if there was a time when reality and fiction ever met together, the time is now. Because that is what Mayor Bloomberg of New York City just announced last week, a new criminal and terrorist analysis computer system developed with the help of Microsoft. They are building a Domain Awareness System (DAS). It is a law enforcement technology solution that pulls together and analyzes public safety data in real time, providing NYPD investigators and analysts with a comprehensive view of potential threats and criminal activity. (Perpetrator and Victim?)
This is not fiction
This new system works by putting together new, 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 is what most people think about as common sense law enforcement.
Common sense because it takes the experience that police officers have plus their knowledge from crime reports to act on potential problems. It is a 2+2=4 approach. This program will help the NYPD do more to prevent crimes from occurring and help them respond to crimes even more effectively. (The Person of Interest approach.)