The new "Domain Awareness System" has live video feeds, huge databases of recent crime patterns and can take input direct from the field in real time.

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This article titled “NYPD and Microsoft launch advanced citywide surveillance system” was written by Paul Harris in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 8th August 2012 20.20 UTC

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a new crime-fighting system developed with Microsoft – and revealed that the city will take a cut of the profits if it is sold to other administrations.

The innovation, which bears a passing resemblance to the futuristic hologram data screens used by Tom Cruise in the science fiction film Minority Report, will allow police to quickly collate and visualise vast amounts of data from cameras, licence plate readers, 911 calls, police databases and other sources.

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