Language Analysis Systems, makers of the leading advanced name-recognition technology, announced a partnership with Visual Analytics, Inc. (VAI), a leading best-of-breed data mining and pattern recognition company, to jointly offer the international analytical community with unparalleled name matching, name categorization and name searching capabilities.

VAI's VisuaLinks and DIG analytical software are a key part of the turnkey solutions offered to clients who do not have the means or infrastructure to support their own data mining or analytical applications. Additionally, the company works with clients who want to enhance their existing systems and who require its expertise in order to facilitate the knowledge transfer to their organizations.

"Today, names are considered the least reliable component of data as compared to, say, addresses or identification numbers, because they can be represented in so many distinct ways. Think about how names can be varied by using different phonetics, spellings, nicknames, abbreviations, and variations based on culture," said Chris Westphal, CEO of Visual Analytics. "We are working with LAS to solve this challenge and help our customers better manage and analyze their data to fight terrorism, drug trafficking, money-laundering and fraud. Our combined technologies will be unmatched in the community and provide our customer-base with a truly awesome system."

Language Analysis Systems is a recognized leader in providing multicultural 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.

"Companies are not only grappling with watch lists from the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), but also Interpol and the FBI Most Wanted, so they need to understand the various ways that names from other countries and cultures can be spelled in English," said Jack Hermansen, CEO of Language Analysis Systems. "Our partnership with Visual Analytics gives them a powerful tool to understand names and other patterns of information to be able to do their jobs better and with a greater assurance of success."

Visual Analytics will integrate LAS's Name Classifier and Name Hunter software into its VisuaLinks pattern discovery and data visualization tool and DIG information harvesting and text mining system. Together, the tools help governments, financial services and other corporate users automate the processing of personal names.

Meanwhile, VAI's technologies manage enormous amounts of data, from a variety of sources, to expose hidden patterns, trends, associations and networks. They support large numbers of users to enable enterprise-wide, distributed environments for collaborative data analytics. The integration with LAS technologies will provide the industry with one of the most powerful analytical suites in the marketplace.

Serving customers in intelligence, law enforcement, and commercial antifraud communities, Visual Analytics is configured to support analysts in discovering mission-relevant patterns, trends and targets within their data. This is accomplished through "mining" knowledge out of databases interactively, developing "hypotheses" or following leads from the data, and studying "emerging" groups and interconnections. Using powerful visualization techniques, advanced data manipulation techniques, and high-end reporting capabilities, VAI technologies are in use throughout the world by a wide range of commercial and government clients.

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