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NYPD testing Google Glass, patrol officers testing it out on patrol

Google Glass could receive a major boost as the NYPD is reportedly testing the next-generation wearable computing product (NASDAQ:GOOG)
| Wearable Computing News | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:12 pm

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is currently beta testing Google Glass to see if the wearable product can help aid in criminal investigations and offer additional benefits to patrol officers.




Anyone is welcome to apply for the Google Glass Explorer Program, but testing from the NYPD and other major organizations will only help Google develop its product. However, while the NYPD is currently testing Glass, Google confirmed that it isn't actively helping the NYPD, so law enforcement will have to determine the best method to utilize the technology.


The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) also appears interested in Google Glass, as technology is increasingly embraced, with some officers already issued Samsung Galaxy S4 while out on patrol. The smartphone allows officers to easily run warrant checks and view mugshots instead of relying on police dispatch and in-vehicle systems. The SFPD hopes Google Glass will provide a similar method to easily accessing information, whether or not officers are near a patrol car.


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