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NYC Mayor Announces New Police Tech, Robotic Dog

Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD announced the new technological upgrades that will be coming to the police department, including a GPS tag system that tracks a vehicle's location remotely, and a robot K-9 that can be used in high-risk situations.

(TNS) — Mayor Eric Adams alongside NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and other law enforcement officials announced on Tuesday the deployment of several new technological updates — including a robotic mobile K-9 device.

Other updates presented were StarChase GPS tag attachment system and the K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR).

"In every era, we have maximized public and officer safety through emerging technology — and that approach continues today. It is time, again, for the NYPD to adapt, to improve, and to continue exceeding public safety expectations," said Sewell in a statement. But we want to be clear: The implementation of these technologies will be transparent, consistent, and always done in close collaboration with the people we serve. Our job is to fight crime and keep people safe, and these tools are significant steps forward in that vital mission."

Here's how these technologies will work:


The GPS tag system provides a means to track vehicles by using a projectile that attaches a GPS enabled device which can then be tracked remotely. It provides real-time information about the vehicle's location. This technology will allow NYPD officers to track a tagged vehicle remotely, avoiding a high-risk vehicle pursuit in the crowded streets of New York City.


Digidog is a remote-controlled, highly mobile K-9 robot for use in investigating high-risk, hazardous situations and locations. "They are tools that will undoubtedly save lives — both of the public and the police," the NYPD said.

The NYPD expects to begin deploying this technology in the summer of 2023.


The K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) will provide additional camera coverage of confined public areas, such as transit facilities, police said.

The device is leased from the manufacturer, and the NYPD's pilot program is set to begin in the summer of 2023 and last approximately seven months.

The K5 ASR has been used by law enforcement agencies, college campuses, corporations, shopping malls, etc. across the country to provide security and deter crime.

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