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The New York City Police Department’s intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping police catch criminals, VentureBeat reports. The department recently received several pairs of the high-tech spectacles for testing.
The glasses are currently only available through the application-only Glass Explorer program. A spokesman for Google said the company was not currently working with law enforcement agencies on the project and that the NYPD likely acquired the glasses through the Google Glass Explorer program.
According to VentureBeat, even without facial recognition, Google Glass could help match suspects’ names and faces to information in various databases used by police and federal law enforcement agencies, giving investigators an added edge while interviewing suspects. The glasses could also, in theory, reduce time spent writing up reports by enabling video recording and dictation for digital reports.