Aug 08

By Lieutenant General U.S. Army, RETIRED Mike McDuffie, Vice President of Americas Services at Microsoft

Earlier today, Microsoft, the City of New York and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced an unprecedented partnership, bringing the latest counterterrorism capabilities to justice and law enforcement agencies around the world.  After years of working together to develop the Domain Awareness System (DAS), a real-time counterterrorism solution that proactively identifies potential threats and protects critical infrastructure, Microsoft and NYPD are proud to offer a functional and technical capability with the sophistication to serve as an enabler to law enforcement in protecting citizens.  

Announced this afternoon in New York City, the partnership is a great example of public organizations and private industry coming together to solve the specific needs and requirements of a city and local law enforcement organization.  Working alongside NYPD’s Intelligence Division and Counter Terrorism Bureau over the last several years, Microsoft helped to develop the DAS, a sophisticated solution that aggregates and analyzes public safety data in real time and combines artificial intelligence analytics with video from around a jurisdiction to identify potential threats and protect critical infrastructure.  Throughout its development, NYPD provided the day-to-day operational knowledge, expertise, and business processes, while Microsoft provided the technical expertise and technologies to ensure the solution contained the right functionality needed to protect citizens.

NYPD and Microsoft believe that this technology can significantly improve public safety for citizens across the globe, and this partnership aims to bring these capabilities to law enforcement organizations worldwide.   As such, in a unique effort to share best practices, Microsoft and the NYPD will soon make the DAS solution available to a broad global set of cities and jurisdictions.  To learn more about DAS, contact


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