NYPD Considers AI Cameras to Detect Guns in Subways

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) cameras to identify firearms in the city’s subway system, following a recent shooting incident on an A train in Brooklyn. Assistant Commissioner Kaz Daughtry expressed interest in integrating this technology with existing subway cameras to detect weapons. The NYPD, however, has not provided a timeline for implementing the AI cameras.

The gun-detection AI technology, developed by ZeroEyes, aims to alert authorities before a shot is fired. The software, trained to recognize firearms once they are drawn, is integrated with digital cameras in various public places such as schools, government agencies, and transit systems. Analysts from ZeroEyes monitor the cameras, which only become active when guns are detected. If an analyst determines that a weapon is present, they immediately notify the relevant authorities. The alert includes a picture of the shooter, the exact location, and the time of the incident, facilitating law enforcement’s response.

While some high-ranking police sources believe this technology could be beneficial, they also anticipate that criminals will find ways to circumvent it. One source mentioned that the city plans to test the technology in 2023 but expressed concerns about the quality of the subway cameras, describing them as “extremely subpar.” Noah McClain, a professor at Santa Clara University, highlighted the challenges of achieving accurate results due to limited visibility in subway environments, resulting in potential false negatives and positives.

Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” – Christian Lous Lange

    This quote resonates with the post because it highlights the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of AI cameras in identifying firearms in the subway system. On one hand, the use of AI technology can help enhance public safety by quickly detecting and preventing potential threats. On the other hand, relying too heavily on AI can lead to a loss of privacy and civil liberties, as well as the potential for misuse or abuse of

  2. This is absolutely outrageous! The NYPD’s decision to use AI cameras to identify firearms in the subway system is a blatant violation of our privacy and civil liberties. It is a clear example of the overreach of law enforcement and the erosion of our fundamental rights.

    Instead of focusing on addressing the root causes of gun violence and investing in community-based solutions, the NYPD is resorting to invasive surveillance tactics. This move sets a dangerous precedent and opens the door for even more intrusive surveillance measures in the future.


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