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How three countries use analytics to deter threats, combat crime and protect the public


As greater volumes of data become available to governments throughout the world, they each face the same dilemma. Namely, how to manage and exploit the increasing sources and volumes of data to prevent and deter crime, terrorism and other threats. 

Successful operations are able to make use of this vast and varied information to maintain an understanding of the broader intelligence picture. By collecting, managing and analyzing information, intelligence organizations are better able to keep citizens safe and secure. The real-world stories that follow illustrate how public security groups in three countries are doing just that.

Intelligent sharing

In a country experiencing sectarian and insurgent-fueled violence, the government as a whole managed security-related intelligence data in a piecemeal, ad hoc manner. Security and intelligence agencies couldn’t access potentially valuable information gathered and held by other groups, leading to an incomplete understanding of threats and limited ability to protect the population.

To change things, international advisers worked with local police and intelligence agencies to develop a standard intelligence format. Such an approach would allow the agencies to share relevant data with each other as well as reserve items deemed too sensitive for dissemination.

Working with SAS, the advisers helped secure a military aid package that provided for a complete, countrywide intelligence data sharing network. With the network in place, the country’s agencies and police forces will be able to better anticipate threats and target individuals and networks that represent a threat to its citizens and general stability.

Intelligent security

As part of a major transformation program, a security organization in the Middle East will use SAS® for Intelligence Management to oversee its complete intelligence life cycle for up to 5,000 concurrent users. The intelligence platform will also include SAS® Enterprise Case Management to create a standard environment and process across the organization for core records, tasking, search and investigation— all critical business processes that have been fully presented in Arabic to ensure maximum usage.

In addition, considerable data integration efforts will ensure the organization has all the relevant data it needs through a single interface. The complete solution, considered a key component to the modernization of the country’s security policy, is expected to roll out across another 17 organizations as part of a follow-up program.

Intelligent policing

One of the UK’s largest police forces deployed a SAS intelligence platform across the entire enterprise. The mission-critical

  • Contains 12 million documents and 9 million structured records.

  • Is used by more than 40,000 officers and police personnel daily.

  • Can be accessed securely by other government agencies.

  • Provides real-time intelligence 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

The platform provides integration with confidential, highly specialized and highly secure protected units. With the intelligence management system in place, information can be acted upon in real time to protect the public around the clock.


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