Array of tech products helps fight terrorism

Tucked into a quiet corner of the FOSE government IT trade show conference this week was a selection of products that many government customers use, but would prefer no one knows they buy.

The show's area for the intelligence community featured an array of products aimed at culling through data, protecting data and helping thwart terrorism. FOSE is sponsored by PostNewsweek Tech Media, the parent company of Washington Technology.

For example, Anonymizer Inc. of San Diego sells a family of products that provide user anonymous Internet protocol addresses, rotating IP addresses and other features.

The tools are designed for intelligence agents who need to investigate potential terrorist activity on the Web. It protects agents from having their IP addresses determined by terrorists would could then use that information to monitor agents' online activities.

Another tool from Basis Technology Corp., the Rosette Linguistics Platform, unlocks the meaning of unstructured text.

Rosette uses advanced natural language processing techniques to help your applications unlock the meanings. Rosette includes modules for language identification, converting text to Unicode so that it can be processed, identifying basic linguistic features, and locating key concepts like the names of people and places.

It supports English and a variety of Asian, European and Middle Eastern languages.

Another analytical tool comes from Content Analyst Company LLC. Its technology is a text analytics tool that automates the analysis of unstructured data.

Based on extensions and improvements in the company's Latent Semantic Indexing technology, Content Analyst technology exponentially reduces the time needed to discern relevant information from large volumes of documents and data

It furnishes analysts with the ability to quickly identify and act on meaningful information buried deep within large repositories of documents and data. Using Content Analyst technology, intelligence and investigative agencies can discern meaning, pinpoint threats and suspicious activity, and disambiguate aliases, regardless of language.

It can monitor print and electronic communications to create accurate conclusions based on large volumes of information.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.

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