February 13, 2014
Technology is changing the way we access and gather information. Technology supports the ongoing solution to capture intelligence to provide solutions within the Big Data paradigm. The need to foster point-to-point information to the people on the ground is always a concern. How to get relevant critical information as close to real time to the people in the field. The opportunity for “NYPD using Google Glass as a crime fighting tool” is a test case on the emergence of enabled intelligence to the people on the first line of defense.
“The New York Police Department is taking a page out of the RoboCop playbook — outfitting cops with Google Glass so a suspect’s life story can flash right before their eyes.” I would not say RoboCop but more so, Sherlock Holmes episode His Last Vow (2014) where the villain appeared to use his glasses to gather information in real time during conversation to gain the upper hand. This was fiction but art is a reflection of reality.
The news out of New York reveals “Law enforcement sources told The New York Post department bosses bought a few pairs of the futuristic eyewear and are beta testing them with the hopes of using them out in the field. “It’s in the early stages,” a source said of the NYPD’s use of the specs. “A handful of people are testing it out,”” reports News Com. AU.
Using Google Glass, “the high-tech glasses — which integrate a computerised interface into the wearer’s field of vision — could allow cops to instantly see a suspect’s arrest record, mugshot and other key information. It allows organisations to beta-test the new specs for a price of US$1,500 each, according to Google’s website.”
This tech gives the people in the field if operable the ability to access information. The news is that the police can gain immediate information on a subject’s record or non-record but, the picture is larger in that for the first time front line agents can access cross data that may reduce threats, profiling and inefficiencies for more efficient crime fighting.
“If it works, it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building with these glasses on,” the source said. “In addition to providing cops with instant internet access, Google Glass could also be used to record audio and video of interactions with suspects and other members of the public.”
“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,” a law enforcement source told Venturebeat.com, which first reported the NYPD’s testing of the device.”
Google glass is creating an ecosystem connecting people and data which will change the organization, culture and management.
Another big picture opportunity is in the education of its officers to be tech responsive and fire up the neurons to allow for right and left brain usage. This tech is a tool and can be viewed as ineffective without support and augmenting the user to maximize the relational data field. This pilot is a great opportunity to test use, flow of information and processing that data to maximize the tech-to-user-interface.