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Business Excellence Awards 2020

Engineering a safer & more productive world by building proven AI solutions for analyzing text, connecting data silos, & discovering digital evidence: Basis Technology

Engineering a safer & more productive world by building proven AI solutions for analyzing text, connecting data silos, & discovering digital evidence: Basis Technology

International cybercrime has now become so extensive, underground suppliers are cropping up on the dark web offering easy access to the tools, programming frameworks, and services required to carry out cyber-attacks.When investigating a cyber-breach, you need an expert with both forensic capabilities and a deep understanding of cybersecurity. With this said, for over twenty years, Basis Technology has provided analytics enabling businesses and governments to tackle some of their toughest problems.

Identity Intelligence

Watchlist Monitoring: Borders can be significantly strengthened through the use of applications built on text analytics to find insights from diverse data sources. The first hint that a visitor may be on a watch list is a name match. You need a tool that can identify individuals through their legal name, nickname(s), initials, truncations, and all possible misspellings and iterations, regardless of language and across scripts.

When even a single failure to match a name can be the difference between life and death, it is simply too risky to rely on outdated methods. The company’s tools increase the ability of intelligence analysts and border security personnel to see the most vital data quickly and enable them to make the final decisions that require human experience and intellect.

Identity Resolution: Government agencies require reliable identity resolution to fight terrorism and protect citizens. At the border, security officers need accurate identity matches to fairly enforce immigration policies. Domestically, social service agencies with disparate databases must reconcile client identity, to both ensure benefits go to eligible people, and to eliminate fraud.

Correctly identify and connect persons of interest with industry-leading name matching coupled with alternatives personally identifiable information such as birthdate, nationality, address, email, and more. Its tools can allow you to avoid complicated multi-field queries with one field for every potential name variation. Simplify your identity verification workflow with custom queries to generate candidate documents, and rescore queries to grade names and rerank results accordingly.

Name Standardization: Names are perhaps the most vital form of text data that the intelligence community, however only a small portion of the names in the world are written in English. When agents and analysts are working with multilingual data sources, extracting and transliterating names automatically within the document or spreadsheet improves speed and accuracy.

Basis Technology is the de facto standard within the intelligence community for name-related analytics. It uses industry-leading technologies, such as linguistic algorithms and statistical modeling, to quickly process millions of names from foreign languages and produce highly accurate standardized English translations.

The Value of Social Data

Unstructured text data found on social media provides a unique insight into individuals’ opinions, politics, and sentiment. On a macro scale, that information can be combined with existing knowledge and historical data to understand trends and changes in the public discourse, which can then be evaluated for risk and key indicators of major events by both humans and machines.

Simply harvesting social data is not enough however. The Basis Technology team has experience building trusted sources systems that can flexibly ingest and process open-source information, and rank it by reputation, expertise, and degree of bias. Social network data coupled with intelligent handling allows users to gain situational awareness and make informed and intelligent predictions.

Custom Solutions for Digital Forensics

For agencies and labs whose requirements are not met by off-the-shelf digital forensics tools, Basis Technology can build a system that meets your specific needs. By continuously evolving our digital forensics software frameworks and leveraging the experience of our digital forensics examiners, Basis Technology’s engineers quickly adapt to its customers unique requirements and build extensible and scalable software solutions for today’s changing digital forensics landscape and customers.

Leverage Existing Open Source Frameworks: Government agencies require reliable identity resolution to fight terrorism and protect citizens. At the border, security officers need accurate identity matches to fairly enforce immigration policies. Domestically, social service agencies with disparate databases must reconcile client identity, to both ensure benefits go to eligible people, and to eliminate fraud.

As part of our custom development work, we have implemented frameworks consisting of reusable building blocks that work together to create extensible end-to-end systems. These frameworks have been released as open source software, as an evolution of  The Sleuth Kit framework and Autopsy platforms, in an effort to build critical mass to benefit the industry around open frameworks for digital forensics and to eliminate siloed solutions.

The company has built many modules with advanced features, including text analytics from our Rosette platform, algorithms for finding correlation among multiple drives, and video triage. Learn more about custom modules for these frameworks.

Meet the Expert

Carl W. Hoffman, CEO, and Co-Founder: Carl founded Basis Technology in 1995 to help American companies enter Asian markets. In 1999, the company shipped its first products for website internationalization, enabling Lycos and Google to become the first search engines capable of cataloging the web in both Asian and European languages. In 2003, the company shipped its first Arabic analyzer and began development of a comprehensive text analytics platform. Today, Basis Technology is recognized as the leading provider of components for information retrieval, entity extraction, and entity resolution in many languages. Carl has been directly involved with the company’s activities in support of national security missions, and works closely with analysts in the U.S. intelligence community. Prior to starting Basis Technology, Carl worked as an independent consultant in Boston, New York and Tokyo to international clients in finance and knowledge management. Carl spent eight years on the research staff of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. He is an active contributor to several non-profit organizations, including the Free Software Foundation, the MIT Alumni Fund, and the Unicode Consortium.

“We have been the defacto leader in multilingual text analytics for the intelligence and border security communities for over twenty years.”


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