NYPD Testing Out Google Glass
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department has confirmed that the department is testing out Google Glass, the new enhanced-reality spectacles. The device could aid officers in the field, but is also sure to raise concerns over privacy.
“As part of an ongoing interest in the advancements in the field of technology, the NYPD regularly conducts reviews of various equipment, devices, programs and other consumer products for their potential application or utility in the area of policing,” Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis said in a statement released on Friday.
“In December of 2013, the Department obtained two pairs of Google Glass and has been evaluating these devices in an attempt to determine any possible useful applications,” he said. “The devices have not been deployed in any actual field or patrol operations, but rather are being assessed as to how they may be appropriately utilized or incorporated into any existing technology-based functions.”
Google quickly stated that it was not working with law enforcement agencies with Google Glass. The NYPD likely obtained their pairs through the Glass Explorer Program. Google Glass are not yet available to the general public, but any US resident over the age of 18 can apply to Google, and pay $1,500 if chosen.
Google Glass could allow officers to pull up records faster than on handheld devices or computers in cars. Google has fought to keep facial recognition software off of Glass, but some developers are determined to institute it, which could offer another law enforcement tool.
This isn’t the first time the NYPD has embraced cutting edge technology. In 2012, the NYPD announced a partnership with Microsoft to process all of the sensor and surveillance data it collects from an extensive network in downtown and midtown Manhattan.