Minneapolis to Debut Virtual Monitoring System

We’re still deciding where exactly this falls between creepy and cool: the City of Minneapolis plans to debut a new virtual monitoring system that will keep tabs on nearly every aspect of life in the area, the STrib reports.

City officials believe it will help them tackle a variety of city-related issues, including forecasting crime, assisting the elderly during heat waves, finding at-risk youth, and a host of other problems. The system comes through a multimillion-dollar agreement with IBM, which is slated to be signed sometime next month.

Minneapolis is not the first major city to hop on board with the virtual monitoring system. Places around the world have already been working with IBM through the company’s “Smarter Cities” initiative.