Sentinel Visualizer by FMS Advances Data Analysis

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From New Jersey Cops

New Jersey Cops Magazine

December 13, 2007

FMS ( - has launched the Sentinel Visualizer, a new product for customers with advanced data visualization tools that are not found in any other system.

"We are excited to bring our advanced technology and experience from the intelligence community to a broader market." said Luke Chung, President and founder of FMS. "From Sentinel's initial acceptance by the intelligence community, In-Q-Tel's investment in FMS in 2005, to today, we've continually enhanced Sentinel Visualizer to meet the demanding need of analysts."

Sentinel Visualizer introduces the capabilities of advanced Social Network Analysis, providing the ability to see and analyze complex relationships that exist within data. "Sentinel Visualizer enables state and local government agencies, police departments, and fusion centers to better analyze data," says Bob Batty, President and CEO of Forensic Logic which manages the data for the Texas law enforcement community. "This in turn leads to high quality, actionable intelligence."

As Dan Haught, Executive Vice President, further explains, "Sentinel Visualizer empowers its users to gain the maximum value from their data by using an advanced set of tools that go beyond the traditional method of analyzing data in rows and columns. By visualizing data in many different ways, they can find hidden relationships and trends that were not discovered previously."

For example, data involving people can be analyzed and manipulated to determine key relationships, such as who talks to whom, and who's related to whom. Entities and events can be depicted visually so the user can see their timing and create connections between seemingly unrelated information and relationships. There are also geospatial tools to map, analyze and compare locations, and temporal capabilities to view how situations have changed over time.

"Sentinel Visualizer represents an innovative use of Microsoft SQL Server and Visual Studio .Net to deliver the next generation data analysis and visualization solutions to Federal Agencies," said Kris Teutsch, Director of Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security for Microsoft Corporation.

FMS originally designed its advanced visualization software in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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