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NYPD is testing Google Glass

To serve, protect and recognise faces
Fri Feb 07 2014, 14:02
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NEW YORK'S FINEST the New York City police department (NYPD) is testing Google Glass.

The New York Post newspaper cited a source close to the face recognition trial and reported that a number of Google's augmented reality spectacles are being worn by the boys in blue.

"It's in the early stages," a source told the newspaper. "A handful of people are testing it out."

We aren't in New York, but suspect that it is easy to tell which officers are wearing Google Glass by looking to see whether or not they are wearing a pair.

The source, who sounds like a sci-fi movie fan, brimmed with possibilities about how the police can use and benefit from the wearable computer display.

"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 [information] if he's wanted for a warrant right on your eye screen," the source added. "You can identify the bad guys immediately within seconds."

This sounds a lot more like Robocop than the Terminator, except that was based in old Detroit, and went a bit further than Google's spectacles.

The NYPD confirmed the trial to Venturebeat and admitted that a small number of the spectacles are in its possession.

"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," said a ranking New York City law enforcement official. "We're looking at them, you know, seeing how they work."

There is already face recognition software for Google Glass and it is possible that the police can link this to a database of criminals and suspects.

Meanwhile, Google Glass is already being treated as suspect by businesses and law enforcement, which want to get it out of drivers' seats, bars and restaurants, strip clubs and cinemas. µ


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