SAS and AGI Integrate Social Media With Satellite and Airborne Intel Picture to Improve Threat Detection

EXTON, PA and CARY, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Oct 10, 2011 -- Integrating social media analysis into the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) collection process is vital to the GEOINT community. Changes in sentiment and spikes in certain conversation topics can provide earlier awareness of threats. Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), ISR analysis and visualization software provider, and SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, are partnering to meet this need, and will be unveiling a novel integration of their software solutions at GEOINT 2011.

SAS® Social Media Analytics consumes social media content such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube, and uncovers sentiment in 28 languages by filtering, categorizing and analyzing content. AGI's off-the-shelf software models, analyzes and visualizes ISR systems. By bringing these offerings together, analysts and operators can better understand the ISR collection picture in real or simulated time. "Integrating social media into the ISR collection effort is critical for forensic, real-time or forecasted ISR analysis, bringing greater tactical situational awareness," says Todd Smith, AGI director, C4ISR.

"SAS can follow a specific topic or influential individuals through social media, track changes in sentiment over time and then compare this information to tactics or events to determine after-action effects and to better plan for the future," said Karen Knowles, president, SAS Federal. "We believe the combination of our products with AGI's will serve an important national intelligence need."

Interested parties not attending the conference can view this demo video on YouTube. In-person demos of the integration will be provided in AGI booth 353 and SAS booth 1005 at the USGIF's GEOINT 2011 conference, Oct. 16-19 in San Antonio, TX.

About AGI
AGI delivers mission-proven software for timely and cost-effective development and deployment of advanced space, defense and intelligence applications. AGI products are used for modeling, engineering and operations in the areas of space, cyberspace, aircraft, missile defense, C4ISR and electronic systems. They can be purchased as ready-to-use applications, development tools or turnkey solutions.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 50,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2011 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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