New York Police Department Testing Google Glass

The New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops...

Google Glass may soon become a favored tool for law enforcement agencies in the United States. The New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys, Venture Beat has learned. The department recently received several pairs of the modernist-looking specs to test out.


“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 ranking New York City law enforcement official told VentureBeat.

“We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”

The glasses are currently only available through Google’s Glass Explorer program, in which people who interested in acquiring them first apply and then receive notification from Google on whether it accepts or denies their application. Respondents who get the green light must pay $1,500 for the privilege.

The news that the country’s largest police department is eagerly beta-testing Google’s products comes at a sensitive time for the company, given its entanglement in various intelligence-gathering efforts from spy agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Not that Google is happy about that: Google chairman Eric Schmidt blew a gasket when it was revealed that the NSA was routinely hacking into the company’s servers to spy on customers, as outlined in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“The Google Glass Explorer program includes people from all walks of life, including doctors, firefighters and parents. Anyone can sign up to become a Glass Explorer, provided he or she is a U.S. resident and over the age of 18,” read the wooden company response to my questions.

This isn’t the first time the NYPD has embraced new tech platforms: In 2012, the NYPD and Microsoft worked together to build the Domain Awareness System, a tool for gathering and managing surveillance data for counterterrorism efforts.

Google Glass is an Android-powered, wearable computer built into a module perched on the side of a pair of eyeglasses. It comes from Google’s somewhat clandestine special-projects division, called Google X, which is also working on driverless cars, high-tech contact lenses, and high-altitude balloons that blanket the Earth below with wireless Internet. Google Glass incorporates a heads-up display reminiscent of that used in advanced fighter jets and commercial airliners to communicate with pilots. A camera captures photo and video on demand.

The chief information officer of the San Francisco police department, Susan Merritt, said that her department has yet to test the wearable Google computers. But she says the applications for law enforcement are potentially huge.

The San Francisco department currently deploys Samsung S4 smartphones for cops working the street. Merritt says the S4 has become an integral tool because it enables officers to access the department’s criminal database to run warrant checks and pull up mugshots of wanted suspects in real time.

Google Glass could have a similar value proposition for police forces, Merritt said, pointing out that wireless facial recognition software is one potential use.

Even without facial recognition, Google Glass could help match suspects’ names and faces to information contained in various databases that police and federal law enforcement agencies use, such as those from the National Crime Information Center. That would give investigators a handy way to see a suspect’s rap sheet while interviewing them, for instance.

It could also help eliminate the time-consuming, hand-written or typed reports that are the bane of cops the world over by enabling video recording and dictation for digital reports.

But the glasses could run afoul of civil liberty groups who say Google Glass and their wireless software programs could encroach on the rights of innocent citizens, especially in a city like San Francisco.

Asked about these issues, Merritt deferred answering. “This is very interesting,” Merritt said. “Call us back in six months!”

As for the NYPD, if the evaluators like what they see, the department could represent a significant customer for Google. With 34,500 people in the NYPD overall, that represents a lot of potential Glass-equipped cops.

That in turn could have a massive influence on Google Glass’s revenues, especially if other departments hop on the wearable bandwagon and the devices someday become standard issue for law enforcement agencies worldwide. source – Venture Beat


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  • Ok, I have a question….so my daughter who is in 6th grade comes home from school and says they are learning about Islam and Muslim. Then she said her history teacher is making them learn and sing a song to Allah??
    Then she said to look in her notes she took today and I found 3 pages of information of the religion…definitions of Muhammad, mosque, etc. Then I found a small book/project they did today with the title,” Beliefs of Islam”.
    I don’t know much about this stuff and knew you would be the ones who could give me advice!! I live in a small town in South Carolina and have never heard of this!!

  • @Lacey – Go to this page and type in the word “Islam”, and educate yourself with the results. It will be quite the eye-opener I assure you.

  • Thanks NTEB!
    I told her not to sing the song, that she did NOT have too!!

  • @Lacey,,,Wow Lacey, that is unbelievable!! I mean I believe you, but the fact that this is happening is awful!!! Very sad, and makes me very angry!!!!

  • I know!! I still can’t believe it and it’s right here in front of my eyes…a lot of parents are going to be in for a shock too when they open their child’s homework up! Seems unreal this just happened to my child…scary!

  • Lacey, I highly commend you for your care and
    concern for your daughter, God bless you ! I
    also urge you to take NTEB advice and have a
    study on this abomination of a religion called
    Islam, presented as the alleged ” peaceful rel-
    igion “. One of the ironic things about this false
    religion is that girls that have been caught
    learning to read or write in this alleged ” peace-
    ful” religion have been shot or hung.Yet the
    world at large opens their arms to Islam while
    trying to eradicate the true God of Israel. As
    NTEB has suggested, educate yourself…ASAP !
    Once again God bless you and your daughter.

  • A PillCam Got Stuck In This Man’s Gut for 8 Weeks

    You may wish to report on this one, just another step to MOTB.

  • Thank You, Mike!

  • From the winning Super Bowl QB, Who says,
    Jesus Is Better Than The Super Bowl.
    Russell Wilson
    Here is a picture!

  • Mike

    You’re welcome Lacey !

  • To: Ron Murphy;

    I was talking to my jewish cousins in emails from Israel, which they are jews and christians, as they spoke of the Law and of Grace.

    Paul had a Damascus Road experience where he had a personal encounter with the Lord. ( Acts 9:3.6) It showed him that being “righteous” by the “Works of the Law” fell short of God’s glory, he set out his reasoning in Romans 7 and in Gal. In Romans 1,2 and 3 he concluded that all Jews, Gentiles and the rest of the world are sinner’s; he preaches the gospel then reasserts what Abraham discovered that the just shall live by “faith.”

    He came to relize that believing the living “word of God” is more than the law (Moses) and the prophet’s (Elijah) the living word does not disvows the Torah, it fulfills it, what had to be followed by the letter now has to be followed in “Spirit” and in truth.

    So by this testamony, “works and law” will not get us closer to God, but our faith in Salvation, will get us closer to God.. it all has to do is with Faith in God.

    • Leslie

      This is complete non sense.

  • TeresaB: Good Morning to you!

    I was watching Youtube on the Book of Enoch. It a very interesting book as the early christian really had high regards for this book then the canons did not want this books to be established in the Bible, as I believe Satan did his best to stop it, because it showed the worse of the angels. But talks about Heaven and Hell in more detail that in the scriptures of the Bible.

  • Lacey, this is going on all over the country, and truth is most parents are unaware because they aren’t involved in school that much. Worse in MS HS where kids are more open to understanding or misunderstanding, and being led. Its to late by then if Parents have left the child out in conversations. I too would refuse to sing that song. I have no problem really w teaching about Islam but I also want to ok how it is done. At the same time I don’t want Christianity taught in the classroom either. Who knows how that would go! Best wishes, and read all you can, also study Common Core which is slowly quietly creaping in on your childs education.

  • TeresaB: Why do not you want Christianity taught in the class room either?

    I thought you would want God taught every where, so school should not speak of the scriptures of God?

  • I saw in an arcticles which is very true lately.

    Emergent Church Leaders teaching that has so many of our current generation turned into the ” doctrines,” but turned out to the holy scriptures?

    Hoe the Emergent Leaders captured the hearts and minds of ubsuspecting people all over the world, departing from many of the clear teachings, commandments, warnings in the Bible.

    These Leaders place a high value on good works and social activism.

    Than place theirselves in faith of Salvation.

  • STL because I would have no control over how it is chosen or who teaches it, etc. Not the same as History or Science to me. It could be false teaching to my thinking. that’s all

  • The Book of Enoch is inspired…..if we hold todays bible is still the inspired word of God theres no denying what God has written in his book. In other words, Satan cannot do anything that God doesnt allow. We this in the first chapter of JOBE. There are no credible words in any other text but what has already been established by GOD. You can find this in Proverbs.

  • The Book of Enoch is inspired…..if we hold todays bible is still the inspired word of God theres no denying what God has written in his book. In other words, Satan cannot do anything that God doesnt allow. We this in the first chapter of JOBE. There are no credible words in any other text but what has already been established by GOD.

  • Kevin: So you say, there is no credible words in any other text but what has already been established by God. Please explain when the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, the Book of Enoch was also discovered with these scrolls? But again the scribes did not allow this book in the Old Testament, why?

  • Pastor S. T. LaRue ,,to my knowledge, limited as it may be, there is NO proof that the book of Enoch was really written by the real Enoch!!! My belief is, if God had really wanted it, and any of those other so called books in the text of the Bible, they would have been there. God is fully capable of having it put there, is he not? After all he stated many time in the word, that his word is pure. And he is also able to preserve it, and has, all these years and years!!! 🙂

  • SUEZ: If that is the case, then explain the lost period of time between Jesus 12 years old to his 30th Birthday, where is that in your pure Bible text? Why is that period of time is not in the Bible text?

  • Suez: Enoch is only meantion very little in Bible Text of the Old Testament and in the New Testament Paul mentions Enoch, but Enoch was very important to God, as God took Enoch to heaven without death, Why?

    • Leslie

      Enoch is mentioned 235 times in the bible!

  • Steven, I have no idea why? I’m sure if it was for us to know now it would of been in there. Yes Enoch, was very important to God. I don’t know why God took him like that.. You will have to take those things up with God, not little ole me…:-)

  • Suez: God had nothing to do about the Book of Enoch being included or excluded from the KJV Bible text.

    Let’s look at the Book of John ( John 21:25 ) Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

    One of the best secret of the modern Protestant Church is that the Bible used by that body is not the original KJV. That translation, completeled in 1611 and the Bible published for the use of the clergy and the church members until late in the 19th Century, contained (80) Books.

    Although attempts tp remove these 14 books known as the “Apocrypha” from the KJV Bible began immediately after the KJV translation was completed, they remain in the Bible until the end of the 19th Century. ( No doubt that these 14 books were controversal, ) but it still was excluded from the original KJV text.

    In 1880 the ” American Bible Society” voted to remove the “Apocrypha” books from the KJV text. These 14 books with 168 Chapters was part of the KJV rext since 1611.

    The english printing of the KJV text by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885 remove these 14 books, leaving 66 books.

    In these Apocrypha books were the Books of Enoch, Elijah and Thomas.

  • Suez: Let’s look at the Book of Thomas. he describes in his words that we did not needed to worship in building made of wood and stone. That did not go over very good with the clergy.

    • Leslie


  • You go for it then!!!!!! I’ll stay with King James. Then we can both be happy! !! 😉

  • Suez: why I said anything is that you said KJV Bible text was pure, their is no Bible text pure on this earth!

  • Brother STL,

    If you can believe that God Can Preserve and Save your soul from eternal hellfire, and Can Rapture all believers in the twinkling of an eye, and Can Speak the universe into existence, why is it so hard for you to believe that God Can Preserve His Written Revelation? It’s peanuts compared to Almighty God’s Power and Wisdom! The Authorized Version Is God’s Inspired and Preserved Word in the English language, period!

  • STL

    Dickens: I was not stating the words were wrong in the Holy scripture, I was making a point about the other 14 books that was not published by the scribes in the KJV Bible.

  • STL

    Dickens: As all 66 books were inspired by God, then why can not the other 14 books also was inpired by God?

  • @Dickens…Amen and Amen Brother!!!! If we can’t hold on to that, then we have nothing left to hold on to, do we? I don’t understand people who want to let go of the Authorized King James. If not that, then we have nothing sound and solid. Just what the devil is trying to accomplish!! And the sad part is, he isn’t using the world to do it, but “Christians”!!! That is the really sad part!


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