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Monday, 10 February 2014

Is the NYPD Really Testing Google Glass for Cops on Patrol?

Anonymous claiming to be from law enforcement have been quoted in media reports as warning that the New York Police Department (NYPD) have purchased Google Glass and are testing them for department applications.

The person said: “It’s in the early stages. A handful of people are testing it out. If it works, it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building with these glasses on. It would be like the Terminator. You walk past somebody and you get his pedigree info if he’s wanted for a warrant right on your eye screen. You can identify the bad guys immediately within seconds.”

Another media outlet claims to have received information from an anonymous “ranking New York City law enforcement official” that told them: “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”

CopTrax, a surveillance tech corporation, has reported to have worked with law enforcement on a “new ground-breaking in-car video system from Stalker, in conjunction with the Byron, Ga., Police Department, performed the first successful field trail of Google Glass by law enforcement officials.”

Applied Concepts is the corporation that owns Stalker Radar which was first introduced to “the law enforcement industry in 1989.”

This company prides themselves as the ‘auto industry’s authority for phone skills training and development.”

According to CopTrax, Stalker Radar “is the dominant Doppler radar system and continues to lead the industry in technology breakthroughs and product innovations.”

According to CopTrax, Operation Police Officer (OPO) was a beta-testing trial wherein “actual law enforcement situations and environments” were predisposed to participants in order “to test Glass’s compatibility with CopTrax’s innovative real-time video streaming, high-resolution video capture and cloud storage, and live GPS tracking from any Internet-connected computer.”

The OPO trial also evaluated “the increased situational awareness and capture of high-quality audio and video evidence from the officer’s perspective.”

The activities tested by OPO included:
  • Patrol with Radar and Laser – Each of the officers participated in vehicle patrol using the Google Glass device running with the CopTrax application.
  • Traffic Stop – Both officers performed several traffic stops while using the Google Glass device running with the CopTrax application.
  • Arrest – Officers performed one arrest while using the Google Glass device running the CopTrax app.
  • Firing Service Weapons – Both officers fired their service pistols and patrol rifles to check video stability, device retention, and effects of recoil.

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