War on terror gets new weapon: NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly unveils software that scans images
New York - Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly unveiled on Wednesday the NYPD's latest high-tech weapon against terror.
Addressing a civic group, Kelly said the department has begun using analytic software to monitor the behavior of potential terrorists.
By training cameras on something as mundane as an article of clothing, police can lock in on a person and track their movements. The collection of images can reveal whether someone is casing a location for a possible attack.
"With that software, we can conduct detailed searches," he said. "We can pull up any camera, scroll back in time for as long as the data is store, which in our case is generally 30 days, and do this from any terminal on the network."
Police officials said many of the cameras are already being used in lower Manhattan. Specifics weren't immediately available. Kelly demonstrated the new technology at a midtown breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York.
As part of its growing counterterrorism efforts, the NYPD is beefing up security downtown with a network of some 3,000 cameras feeding into a data coordination center.
A similar program of security cameras and license plate readers is also planned for midtown -- from 30th St. to 60th St., spanning the East River to the Hudson River.