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California police test technology to watch crime as it happens

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Police in New York are testing out crime mapping technology described as a "live" version of Google Earth. (Courtesy: Gizmodo) Police in New York are testing out crime mapping technology described as a "live" version of Google Earth. (Courtesy: Gizmodo)
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Police in New York have begun using a system that allows authorities to watch every car and person in real time.
 
Popular tech blog Gizmodo says the technology is similar to what a satellite can do, except with the ability to rewind and zoom.

The inventor of the system, a retired Air Force veteran, describes it as a live version of Google Earth that can be controlled.

While the product cannot identify people by their face, controllers are able to use cameras on the street to track a suspect as they leave the scene of a crime.

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The system uses planes with high-resolution cameras that record a 25-square mile patch of ground for up to six hours at a time.
 
The product works, too.
 
Last year, officers in Compton, California were able to track a thief as he approached a woman, robbed her and then ran to a getaway car.  The getaway car left the frame that the police were viewing, but they were able to see what type of car it was.
 
The technology has also been tested in Baltimore and Dayton, but not all the reviews have been great. One of the biggest critiques of the product is the invasion of privacy.
 
This type of surveillance tracks everything that moves in a city, but according to police, it's not as invasive since it cannot see faces or into homes.
 
The Center for Investigative Reporting says it provides "more security with less loss of privacy."

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