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Sentinel Visualizer Version 10 Released

Sentinel Visualizer 10August 2023

Version 10 offers many significant enhancements:

Import Enhancements

  • New Import Wizard
  • Additional Import Enhancements

Sentinel Visualizer Version 10 Released Visualizer Enhancements

Search Enhancements

  • Query Builder Redesign and Enhancements
  • Combine Multiple Searches to find all, common, and most common entities
  • Entity Distance Search from central location
  • Metadata Search for any Metadata Type assignment and/or wildcard searching

User Interface Enhancements

  • Home Page with images on MRU list and improved toolbar and left panel
  • Menus with more options and reorganization
  • New 9500+ High Resolution Icon File Library
  • Text Filter on many forms to filter lists with a few letters
  • Add multiple lookup values at once

New Version 10 Resources

New Documents

Sentinel Visualizer User Manual, Version 10 User Manual (300+ pages)

Version 10 New Features Guide New Features PDF (26 pages)

Sentinel Visualizer 10 Flier New Features Flier (2 pages)

New Web Pages

Sentinel Visualizer Video

A new video providing an overview of Sentinel Visualizer

Geofencing Analysis to Find Phones, Devices, and Suspects at Multiple Crime Scenes

geofencing analysis Geospatial and Temporal Data Analysis

Google and other data sources, such as cell phone towers and license plate readers, offer lists of devices, vehicles, and suspects around a specific location and time period.

Known as geofencing, data for a specific geographical area and time period may be retrieved for analysis. This is particularly helpful for law enforcement when people commit crimes while carrying a cellphone that can be used as a tracking device.

Entities in Two or More Visualizers

Sentinel Visualizer lets you create link analysis diagrams for each incident containing all your suspects. The Multi-Diagram analysis lets you select multiple Visualizer diagrams to quickly identify suspects who participate at all or the most incidents.

Quickly prioritize where to devote your investigative resources.

Sentinel Visualizer Version 9.3 Released

Sentinel Visualizer 9.3September 2021

Version 9.3 offers many significant enhancements:

  • New Saved Visualizer Options
  • Multiple Visualizer Analysis
  • Merge Multiple Visualizers into One to Find Common Entities
  • Directional Totals on Relationship Lines
  • Improved Management of Multiple Networks in Your Diagram
  • User Interface Improved for Get Links Between Entities
  • Entity and Relationship Search Criteria can be Saved and Retrieved
  • Visualizer Map Improvements
  • Visualizer Timeline Enhancements
  • Specify Date Formats on Data Import
  • Performance Enhancements

Merge Two Saved Diagram and Center Common EntitiesMerge Two Saved Diagram and Center Common Entities

Sentinel Visualizer Version 9.2 Released

Sentinel Visualizer 9June 2021

Version 9.2 includes several new features:

  • Users can select multiple entities and find the fewest entities and relationships connecting them
  • Administrators can manage database security with Database Settings
  • The Timeline View shows time bars for entities and relationships
  • Save entities and relationships that have been informally added to a Diagram

Customers that are on support contracts will receive a free update.

Sentinel Visualizer Version 9 Released

Sentinel Visualizer 9November 2020

Sentinel Visualizer Version 9 includes many new features:

  • Add Text, Lines, Boxes and Arrows to Visualizer Diagrams
  • Geometric Shape Layouts
  • Relationship Lines with Sum
  • Entity and Relationship Search Enhancements
  • Advanced Dataset Builder
  • Document Content Search
  • Visualizer Get Links Enhancements
  • Visualizer New Transform Feature
  • Visualizer Panel Enhancements
  • Merge Saved Diagrams
  • Undo and Redo Buttons
  • Import Wizard Enhancements
  • 3-D Viewer Enhancements
  • Lookup Tables Enhancements

Customers on support contracts receive a free update.

Link Analysis Maps

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing for COVID-19 November 13, 2020

Contact Tracing is critical to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Sentinel Visualizer can be used to store the data on your students, teachers, staff, family members, classes, clubs, sports, etc. When positive tests occur, quickly identify the common links.

Leverage your information to quickly identify those who need to be tested and quarantined while limiting the impact on the wider community. For more information and to see how Sentinel Visualizer can be used for contact tracing, visit COVID-19 Contact Tracing Software.

Sentinel Visualizer Version 8 Released

June 2018

Version 8 includes many new features:

  • Support for ESRI Shapefiles
  • Support for ESRI ArcGIS
  • Support for GeoTIFF Files
  • Enhanced Brief formatting
  • Enhanced Time Range Tool
  • Improved database support and performance
  • Launch from a Command Line to a Specific Entity
  • and many other features...

Customers on support contracts receive a free update.

Social Network Analysis on Facebook

Sentinel Visualizer on FacebookIn response to the recent controversies over security breaches with Facebook apps, we are sharing our experience creating a Sentinel Visualizer app for Facebook back in 2010.

Facebook Application with Social Network Analysis (SNA) Diagram

A change in Facebook's controversial API ended that initiative. Here's our story: Facebook Application with Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Geospatial Mapping

Sentinel Visualizer Available on NASA's SEWP Contract

NASA SEWP ContractSolutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP, pronounced 'soup'), is a multi-award Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle focused on commercial IT products and product based services.

The FMS Advanced Systems Group is pleased to announce that our Sentinel Visualizer software and related support and services are available for purchase on NASA’s SEWP contract found on the NASA SEWP Site.

Instructions: Use your government agency email address to create an account and then Request A Quote. Make sure that you choose "Category D" otherwise your request might be overlooked.

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Sentinel Visualizer Version 7.3 Released

Microsoft SQL Server 2016, SP1February 2017

Version 7.3 includes several new features:

  • Improved support for running on Windows 8 and 10
  • Includes Microsoft SQL Express 2016, SP1. This replaces the original RTM version.
  • Improved import routines for data and graphics
  • Performance improvements displaying large networks and datasets

Customers on support contracts receive a free update. For more information visit, New Features in Version 7.

Sentinel Visualizer Featured at the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) Expert Group Meeting

United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC)Implementing Effective Criminal Justice Responses for Countering Crimes related to Terrorism and Violent Extremism

November 16-18, 2015 (Vienna, Austria) FMS President Luke Chung was invited to speak on several panels during this three day expert group meeting sponsored by the UNODC Terrorist Prevention Branch. Starting on the Monday after the Friday bombing in Paris, this timely event featured speakers from member nations discussing their experience identifying and preventing radicalization and the civilian role in addressing violent extremists. Official participants included 22 member nations and 7 international NGOs.

Four private sector representatives were invited to share their experience helping organizations better manage their data, monitor activities, and support a counter-narrative to the radical messages from the Daesh/ISIS/ISIL inspired terrorists. Sentinel Visualizer was featured as a way to use its link analysis, social network analysis (SNA) and data analytics features to improve the prioritization of targets for investigations.

UNODC Presentation on Data Analytics and Sentinel Visualizer

Sentinel Visualizer Version 7.2.2 Released

Microsoft SQL Server

Version 7.2.2 simplifies installation by separating the Sentinel Visualizer program from the installation of SQL Server Express on your PC.

With multiple versions of Windows and 32 vs. 64-bit environments, you can now install SQL Express 2016 or 2012 to ensure you have the latest version supported by your operating system.

Microsoft SQL Server Express Installation Instructions

Sentinel Visualizer Version 7.0 Released

Version 7.0 offers many new features to help you manage and visualize your database better than ever. Enhancements include:

  • A richer Sentinel Visualizer Reader (free) to share your work and discoveries with non-Sentinel Visualizer owners
  • Cloud Database and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Support
  • Advanced security features that can be set by administrators and users
  • More ways to filter your data, display gradients, and show metadata
  • Enhanced 7,000+ icon library with a more modern appearance
  • Improved performance, and much more

For a complete list, visit: New Features in Version 7.0

Backup and Restore your Sentinel Visualizer Microsoft SQL Server Databases

Microsoft SQL Server

Sentinel Visualizer uses Microsoft's SQL Server as its database technology. The best way to backup and restore Sentinel Visualizer databases is to use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). If you are able to do that or have system administrators who take care of that, you're all set. If not, we offer some help: Back Up and Restore the Microsoft SQL Server Databases in Sentinel Visualizer

Sentinel Visualizer Available as a Service

Software as a Service (SAAS) comes to Sentinel Visualizer. Subscribe for the time you need the program without buying a perpetual license. The Sentinel Visualizer subscription lets you install the program on your PC and work with your SQL Server data. There is no need to host your data on the cloud. For more information, visit Sentinel Visualizer as a Software Service.

Sentinel Visualizer Version 6.2 Released

Version 6.2 has a new and improved Reader. The free Reader allows you to share your work with non-Sentinel Visualizer owners. Create your diagrams and distribute them to your clients and colleagues. Let them open your link charts and drill-down to details and metadata without being connected to your database. For more information, visit Reader for Sentinel Visualizer.

Sentinel Visualizer Assists Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Efforts

Corruption, fraud, and graft plague government and commercial entities around the world. Many organizations are leveraging the power of Sentinel Visualizer to detect and prevent such abuse. Learn more about our anti-corruption software.

Sentinel Visualizer Version 6.0 Released

Learn about new features such as Gradient Sizing, Squelch by Range, Greater Than Filter, Entity Collapse, One Degree Selection Highlights, Filter By Network Size, Color By Metadata, Performance Optimizations, Output To XML, and improved Error Handling. Version 6 Enhancements

Using Sentinel Visualizer for Telephone Call Data Record (CDR) Analysis

Telephone Call Data Records Analysis Software

June 2013 - What information can you glean from billions of telephone call records? Learn how Sentinel Visualizer can perform Telephone Call Data Records (CDR) Analysis by combining Link Charts, Geospatial Mapping, Timeline Analysis, Social Network Analysis (SNA), Link Traversal and your other data to prioritize suspects to investigate.

Building a Picture of the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects through Social Network Analysis

MIT Technology Review

April 2013 - Our hearts go out to the victims of the senseless assault at the Boston Marathon.

During those hectic days, Sentinel Visualizer is mentioned by David Talbot in an MIT Technology Review article Building a Picture of the Boston Marathon Bomb Suspects through Social Network Analysis

Sentinel Visualizer Version 5 Released

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Many enhancements were added:

  • The Free Reader Edition
  • Concurrent licensing to share licenses across machines (without a dongle)
  • Enhanced relationship drawing
  • Advanced filtering
  • 3D stereoscopic viewing of your link chart
  • High resolution printing
  • Additional security features
  • Improved performance

Version 5 Enhancements

FMS Participates with Virginia Governor's Declaration of 2012 as the Year of the Entrepreneur

February 2012 - FMS founder and president, Luke Chung, was invited by the governor to participate in his proclamation of 2012 as the Year of the Entrepreneur.

Mr. Chung stood behind Governor Bob McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling during the press conference and participated in a day-long event supporting entrepreneurship, small businesses, and job creation.

Press Release

Luke Chung and Governor Bob McDonnell

Helping the International Coalition at Camp Eggers (Kabul, Afghanistan)

"Thank you for your flexibility and efforts towards helping my team get SENTINEL VISUALIZER up and running. Your extra-mile efforts were unusual and delightfully welcome in what was otherwise a bleak time and place."

American Solider with International Coalition at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan

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FMS's Sentinel Visualizer Software Assists Videre Est Credere Expose Human Rights Violations

May 2011 - International human rights organization, Videre Est Credere, utilizes Sentinel Visualizer for analysis and planning to record and publicize atrocities.

""FMS Sentinel Visualizer plays a vital role in our fight for human rights by allowing us to effectively analyze and contextualize information to help bring perpetrators to justice,” says an official of Videre."

Name withheld due to the sensitive nature of the role that Videre Est Credere plays within the world of human rights

Press Release

Sentinel Visualizer 4.6 Released with Enhanced Data Visualization

Mar 2011 - Sentinel Visualizer 4.6 is available with enhanced Google Earth integration, declutter tools, data import and other enhancements to more quickly gain meaning out of large data sets.

"We use Sentinel Visualizer practically every day. It’s made an enormous impact on our ability to effectively visualize and analyze our data sets."

P. Arnold with Counterfeiting Intelligence Services (CISAA) in Australia

Customers on support contracts receive a free upgrade.

Link Analysis Software Enhances Data Import, Declutter and Visualization

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Sentinel Visualizer Used to Uncover €5 Billion VAT Fraud Ring for Carbon Trading

Jan 2011 - Award winning journalist Bo Elkjær of Denmark shares his experience using Sentinel Visualizer tracking the data to successfully unravel a major criminal conspiracy in the European Union:

"Without Sentinel Visualizer it would have been a daunting task or even impossible to break down the data and reveal the criminal networks behind one of the largest frauds in the history of the European Union."

Bo Elkjær, Ekstra Bladet

Link Analysis for Law Enforcement and Investigative Journalism

Sentinel Visualizer 4.5 Released with Google Earth Integration

Google Earth wth Link Charts and Timelines

Sep 2010 - Sentinel Visualizer 4.5 is available with Google Earth integration, support for Windows 7 and 64 bit environments plus other enhancements.

Google Earth Integration

New Video: Introduction to Social Network Analysis

Dec 2009 - FMS has produced a short video which introduces the topic of Social Network Analysis (SNA).

Watch the video: An Introduction to Sentinel Visualizer

FMS to Exhibit at the Basis Technology Government Users Conference

June 2009 - FMS attended the Basis Technology Government Users Conference, on June 8-9, 2009.

FMS Partners with Forensic Logic

April 2009 - FMS is proud to partner with Forensic Logic, a leader in providing solutions to Law Enforcement and Homeland Security customers.

Learn more about Forensic Logic on our Partners Page.

Advanced Visualization and Data Analytics Technology Exposition

September 2008 - Join FMS, and 80 other industry leaders, in Suffolk, Virginia, on September 15-16, 2008 for the Advanced Visualization and Data Analytics Technology Exposition.

Basis Technology Government Users Conference: Navigating the Human Terrain

May 20-21, 2008 - FMS Executive Vice President, Dan Haught, presented at the Basis Technology Government Users Conference in College Park, Maryland. With a keynote presentation by Stephanie O’Sullivan, Director for Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency, hands-on tutorials, and in depth round table discussions.

"Crystal Ball" Visualization software helps analysts predict terrorist activities

C4ISR Article

Sentinel Visualizer featured in C4ISR Journal

On Dec. 13, 2003, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division discovered Saddam Hussein hiding in a narrow, dark hole under a two-room mud shack on a sheep farm in the former Iraqi dictator’s hometown of Tikrit.

Guiding the military’s months-long manhunt was a complex visualization of tribal and family members with close ties to Saddam. By applying the principles of social science to analyze these networks, it became possible to uncover specific individuals and relationships that ultimately revealed Saddam’s hiding place.

Now, imagine trying to uncover these relationships in a mountain of data on a terrorist network with 20,000 members, or “nodes,” and more than 100,000 relationships. A number of new products are doing just that by sifting through clutter to reveal key connections within terrorist groups and possibly to predict their behavior. “No longer can analysts use just an organizational chart to describe an enemy’s configuration,” Lt. Col Brian Reed wrote in a recent issue of Parameters, published by the U.S. Army War College. Reed is one the architects of the plan that led to Saddam’s capture.

At the heart of this boom is a discipline known as social network analysis (SNA), which uses mathematical algorithms to illuminate the patterns of the ties that link people, groups and organizations. By understanding these relationships, analysts can determine the most central figures in the network, their relationships and other important factors. Although this methodology has been with us for about 50 years, it began to garner fresh interest with the advent of supercomputers in the 1970s. The modern desktop computer is taking SNA to a new level.

Sentinel Visualizer, developed by Vienna, Va.-based FMS Advanced Systems Group, is one of several new programs that aim to bridge the gap between merely displaying networks and fully analyzing them. It is able to find the shortest path between two entities while filtering data regarding specific people and places, relationships and the status of individuals who may be incarcerated or dead. Other algorithms included in the program can measure the relative importance of a node in the network, factoring in time and location, among a variety of considerations.

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Sentinel Visualizer in The Police Chief magazine

January 2008 - Sentinel Visualizer included in Product Highlight section of January issue of The Police Chief magazine.

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Sentinel Visualizer in New Jersey Cops magazine

New Jersey Cops Magazine

December 2007 - Sentinel Visualizer is included in the January issue of New Jersey Cops magazine.

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Whitepaper, Al Qaeda Financing and Conflict Diamonds

December 2007 - Washington Post investigative reporter Douglas Farah, European investigators, and the Sierra Leone war crimes tribunal have uncovered a multitude of evidence suggesting that Al Qaeda has been operating in West Africa for years. There they have built an extensive operation using so called “conflict diamonds,” much harder to trace than bank accounts, to hold their assets.

Download the PDF

FMS President Luke Chung interviewed by Business Destiny Radio

November 2007 - FMS President and founder Luke Chung was interviewed by Richard Trimber on "Business Destiny". The one hour live interview offered unique insight into the inner workings of FMS, specifically Sentinel Visualizer, how it came to be, and what plans are for the future.

Sentinel Visualizer Featured in Homeland Security Today

Homeland Security Today

November 2007 - Sentinel Visualizer is featured in the IT Tools and Technology Section of the November Issue of Homeland Security Today.

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FMS Executive Vice President Interviewed by Federal News Radio

October 10, 2007 - FMS Executive Vice President Dan Haught was interviewed by Jane Norris and Francis Rose on "The Federal Drive" on Federal News Radio AM 1050 regarding Sentinel Visualizer and it's application to local, state, and federal law enforcement.

Listen to the audio courtesy of "Federal Drive with Jane Norris and Francis Rose".

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"New Software Helps Connect the Dots" by Rob Margetta - Sentinel Visualizer featured on Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security

October 8, 2007 - A thumbnail photo of Osama bin Laden leered out from a large, flat-panel screen at the Vienna headquarters of FMS Advanced Systems Group during a recent product demonstration. Radiating out from the picture were gray lines connecting it to dozens of other photos of suspected terrorists.

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