Making the world a safer place
SAS makes strong move into public security with recent acquisitions
There is an explosion of data in the intelligence community, and threats to national security are rapidly evolving. The time it takes to deploy analytics needs to be reduced to help intelligence agencies manage that data and stay a step ahead. SAS took a big step toward meeting that need with two acquisitions that signal an aggressive move into the public security market, which includes law enforcement, criminal justice, homeland security and intelligence.
According to Vision 2015, a report created by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “Information overload already presents a profound challenge to our business model. Given these challenges, the analytic community has no choice but to pursue major breakthroughs in capability.”
“I want SAS to be the first company public security organizations call to help them apply analytics to solve crime and protect citizens,” says SAS CEO Jim Goodnight.
VSTI: Speeding decisions for the intelligence community
SAS recently acquired Vision Systems & Technology Inc. (VSTI), a professional services company that has been delivering advanced analytic solutions to the US intelligence community for more than a decade.
“We’ve brought on board more than 60 people with deep domain knowledge and analytics expertise in the intelligence community,” says Karen Knowles, General Manager of SAS Federal. “That experience, combined with SAS’ industry-leading advanced analytics, will help lead to quicker deployment of solutions – solutions that can weed through massive amounts of data quickly to identify the most relevant information. We believe this will help speed predictive analysis and decision making that can ultimately defeat and deter threats and save lives.”
Memex: Helping agencies work together
On the public safety and homeland security side, there’s also a data explosion – but even more critical is the need for effective information sharing and collaboration at both the interagency and country levels.
To address that need, the budgets allocated for homeland security technology are increasing globally. Opportunities are also opening up in the international law enforcement market. Driven, in part, by the global fight against terrorism, agencies are seeking to integrate state and regional policing and intelligence systems.
To increase its commitment to those markets, SAS recently acquired Glasgow, Scotland-based Memex, a worldwide leader in intelligence management solutions that help improve intelligence processes, enhance public safety, and prevent and deter crime.
SAS will also be able to target the emerging market for fusion centers, which combine the resources of multiple law enforcement agencies. Several US states and major cities have fusion centers that are using Memex technology.
These markets face challenges far beyond those of traditional businesses. SAS is committed to helping these organizations use analytics to prevent and deter crime, thwart threats to national security and ultimately, save lives.
Trent Smith is a SAS public relations professional covering government and education.