"Non-obvious relationship awareness" (NORA) software probes databases in any language, searching for obscure matches between relevant information. Anonymized data (ANNA) software uses the same technology to investigate data that has been encrypted.
This patented technology allows users to discern obvious and so-called "non-obvious" relationships between data sets in multiple databases. This view can help identify connections that can span more than 30 degrees of separation.
One degree of separation would be two people who work at the same casino who also listed the same address on their resumes. The second degree might be finding out that a third-party vendor providing cards to the casino attended the same high school as one of those two employees. The third degree might be discovering that all three of these individuals maintain checking accounts at the same bank. In the case of Atta, NORA would have identified that he at one point shared a home address with two other 9/11 terrorists, Khalid Al-Midhar and Salem Alhazmi.
The software instantly triggers a "trip wire" that flags high-risk individuals—from casino cheats to known terrorists—and then compares what it knows about them with information in airline-reservation, passport and other databases.
This software was bought by IBM and is currently being used by the Intelligence and LEO's (law enforcement officers) to fight the war on terror.
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