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Sentinel Visualizer is a Windows-based program that provides data visualization, analysis and knowledge base management all within one product. Sentinel Visualizer produces interactive dynamic link charts, timeline and geospatial views, and provides a variety of analysis tools including Social Network Analysis, temporal analysis and entity and relationship weighting. Sentinel Visualizer includes a multi-user knowledge base for efficiently and economically storing analysis data.
Sentinel Visualizer 9.0 is the latest version. It is the follow-on product to versions 4.0, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0 and the original Sentinel Threat Management System.

The latest version of Sentinel Visualizer supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, SP1 or later

Sentinel Visualizer requires one of the following:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019

For more information, visit our Installing and Configuring SQL Server Express page.

The following table lists minimum and ideal hardware configurations. The overall rule, however, is to install the most powerful equipment that you can afford.

Feature Minimum Ideal
CPU 2+ GHZ 64-bit dual core processor 4+ GHZ 64-bit Intel i7 or higher
RAM 8 GB 32 GB or more
Monitors One Multiple monitors
Resolution 1600 x 1200 Highest resolution your monitor supports
Video Card For 3-D features, DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 512 MB of graphics memory
Hard Disk 3 GB, plus space for your database if stored locally 10 GB, plus space for your database if stored locally; SSD (Solid State Drive) for hosting SQL Server and other disk intensive processes
Internet Connectivity For concurrent licenses, a continuous connection is required. High-speed internet connectivity for open-source web search and Google Earth support
Optional 3D glasses for stereoscopic visualization 3-D Red Cyan Anaglyph Glasses
Anaglyph 3D Glasses

No DongleNo. Unlike other link analysis vendors, we believe that forcing users to maintain and use a hardware lock (dongle) is a practice that considers customers as criminals. Sentinel Visualizer does not require any type of hardware or dongle device.

The Concurrent License option lets you share a license across multiple machines provided each PC has an active Internet connection. It's handled automatically and does not require physically moving anything from PC to PC.

Sentinel Visualizer is installed with a professional installation setup program. The setup program can be downloaded or provided on a CD for an additional fee.

A separate setup program is provided to install Microsoft SQL Server Express.

No. The Sentinel Visualizer Setup program installs all its required system files for operation. It includes a Microsoft setup program to install SQL Server Express for local database storage.

To use Sentinel Visualizer in a multi-user configuration, you need network access to a system running Microsoft SQL Server or point to a cloud host like Microsoft Azure.

To use the Google Earth mapping features, you need to install Google Earth which can be downloaded for free: Google Earth.

You can purchase Sentinel Visualizer directly from FMS. Please visit our Contact page.
  • Standard Edition: Powerful link analysis and visualization for single users (database resides on the computer's local hard drive)
  • Professional Edition: Same as Standard plus Geospatial tools and Google Earth integration
  • Premium Edition: Same as Professional plus multi-user database access (database resides on your Microsoft SQL network server)
  • Ultimate Edition: Same as Premium plus the Advanced Security Feature
See the chart here for more differences and price comparisons between the Editions.

All non-trial installations of Sentinel Visualizer require online internet activation. The first time that you run the software, you must enter your serial number and email address. Sentinel Visualizer takes care of activating the product for you.

If you do not have an Internet connection to activate your software, please contact our support team.

IBM's i2 Analyst's Notebook is a well established and expensive product for displaying data in link charts. It uses a proprietary data storage format unlike Sentinel Visualizer's use of industry standard Microsoft SQL Server databases. There are many other differences that make Sentinel Visualizer the preferred platform for analyzing data to find the hidden relationships among people, places and events:

The Microsoft Office drivers need to be installed to open Excel spreadsheets.

Run the executable C:\Program Files(x86)\FMS\Sentinel Visualizer 9\AccessDatabaseEngine_x64.exe to re-install the Office drivers used in Sentinel Visualizer.

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Sentinel Visualizer Comparison to IBM's i2 Analyst's Notebook