December 24, 2005

Intelligence Technologies: Full Steam Ahead for Mass Data Processing Market

With a market estimated at $1 billion this year and forecasts of annual growth of 20%, the market for tools to analyze huge amounts of data - Intelligence and Security Informatics / Analytics (ISI) - is truly booming.
A report on the ISI sector has just been issued in the United States by the Chesapeake Innovation Center, the leading breeding ground for Homeland Security technologies, in conjunction with the New York investment bank C.E. Unterberg, Towbin (CEUT). Entitled "The Business of Connecting the Dots," the survey identified the leading suppliers of solutions (see graph below) and the sector's growth areas. An increase in telephone taps (20% per year) calls for major resources to process the calls that are made and, to boot, increasingly on digital networks (voice over IP). Additionally, governments and companies are beginning to deploy intelligent video surveillance systems on a huge scale. The switch to digital video created new capacity to treat and put data on line (tracking, automatic alerts). And new legal constraints (stemming in particular from the USA Patriot Act) require that companies equip themselves with broader capacity to analyze information on their customers and partners, as part of the fight against the funding of terrorism and money-laundering. Computer giants have made their debut in the ISI market very recently. In August, IBM launched its open source platform to process unstructured data, named Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA). At the same time the leading world specialist in storing data, EMC Corporation, unveiled its Surveillance Analysis and Management Solution (SAMS) designed for the security of physical infrastructure. Just last month Microsoft and Motorola announced they were joining forces to define architecture to integrate and distribute information for security and law enforcement agencies. Even Google has jumped on the ISI bandwagon in a sector dominated up to now by SAIC, which has already landed contracts worth $350 million for NSA's Trailblazer mass data processing program.

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