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LAS and Memex Team Up to Enhance Law Enforcement Tools

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  • May 17 2004, 1:00am EDT

Language Analysis Systems announced a partnership with Memex, Inc., a global leader in criminal and counterterrorism intelligence software, to improve the name searching and matching capabilities of many law enforcement agencies. The integration of LAS and Memex technologies means police forces and government agencies will be better equipped to meet their new counter-terrorism objectives and to facilitate the sharing of intelligence information between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

LAS's products solve the complex problems of decoding multicultural names by combining computational linguistics expertise with advanced software engineering. LAS software gives law enforcement professionals a powerful tool to understand names and match them against various databases and watch lists.

Memex, based in Vienna, Virginia, provides powerful intelligence management and analysis tools used by intelligence, investigative and law enforcement agencies worldwide, including the London Metropolitan Police Service (New Scotland Yard), New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Office of Counterterrorism. The Memex intelligence system is also used in the commercial fraud arena, and Memex search and analysis technology is deployed at U.S. defense sites worldwide.

Memex has developed a solution that increases both the depth (supporting more and more in-house data sources) and breadth (sharing information with other agencies, third parties and accessing open sources) of intelligence information, allowing police officers to input, develop, evaluate and disseminate data, and cross-reference that data to find patterns of criminal activity.

Memex provides law enforcement agencies with an operational intelligence system that enables secure management, development and sharing of intelligence information targeting the three levels of crime: single jurisdictional, multi-jurisdictional and global. The system enables proactive and efficient use of scarce law enforcement resources by facilitating the sharing of information between departments, providing a secure platform for inter-jurisdictional intelligence activities.

Instead of wasting time searching for information, law enforcement officials can focus their energies on preventing and solving crimes. The addition of advanced name-recognition technology to an already powerful search and analysis capability will provide vital intelligence links that may not be detected using ordinary name searching techniques and can also provide additional valuable information about the bearer of a name.

A recent product forum held by Memex highlighted the value of this partnership as leading law enforcement officers described the technology integration as "a tool that could revolutionize the counterterrorism operations of many agencies."

LAS is the world's recognized leader in providing multi-cultural name recognition software solutions for mission-critical applications. LAS has worked with U.S. Intelligence and Border Protection agencies for nearly two decades, developing a revolutionary and patent-pending approach to name matching and searching, going far beyond simplistic Soundex and key-based approaches. LAS technologies are designed for dealing with unfamiliar names and the different ways they are romanized.

Besides its traditional criminal justice work, Memex also has worked with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), one of the U.S.'s leading commercial fraud agencies, since 1999. Memex helps NICB make dramatic inroads in the fight against insurance fraud and theft, which costs the U.S. insurance industry billions of dollars each year. LAS technology will also be integrated into Memex applications that serve the insurance industry.


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