Attensity Government Systems Launches as a Wholly Owned U.S. Subsidiary of Attensity Group

New Entity Offers Industry's Most Extensive Suite of Semantic Technology Products to Federal Government Agencies

Jan 28, 2010, 08:00 ET from Attensity Government Systems

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Attensity™ Government Systems (AGS), the leader in semantic technologies for government agencies, today announced its launch as a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Attensity Group ( AGS serves the federal government market with a suite of semantic engines and applications ( These applications enable researchers and analysts to better understand information hidden in unstructured data and text. The innovative suite of AGS products and solutions is specifically tailored to meet the needs of agencies and contractors involved in civilian service, intelligence, law enforcement, medical services, and defense.


AGS offers a unique combination of the world's leading semantic technologies: Attensity Group's full offering of semantic engines and applications along with Inxight technologies from SAP® BusinessObjects. Government agencies can now leverage — for the first time – the powerful capabilities enabled by the combination of Inxight's multi-lingual advanced entity and event extraction with that of Attensity Group's patented Exhaustive Extraction™ ( Exhaustive Extraction automatically identifies and transforms the facts, opinions, requests, trends and trouble spots in unstructured text into structured, actionable intelligence and then connects it back to entities – people, places and things. This new combined solution provides researchers with the deepest and broadest capabilities for identifying issues hidden in mountains of unstructured data — inside emails, letters, social media sites, passenger manifests, websites, and more.

"New government transparency initiatives are driving a growing demand for cutting-edge analytics that enable agencies at all levels to better serve their various constituencies," said Craig D. Norris, chief executive officer of the new Attensity Government Systems. "AGS is unique in our ability to provide the most comprehensive suite of semantic technology services via Attensity Group, along with the Inxight technologies from SAP BusinessObjects. It's simply an unbeatable technology combination that will help government agencies to gain better insight into the key issues facing citizens and other stakeholders today."

AGS applications help organizations address mission-critical requirements through the ability to use text to drive action. Government agencies can uncover and speed response to important citizen feedback and events that might otherwise go unresolved or undetected.

AGS Solutions

Attensity Intelligence Analysis ( automates the monitoring of OSINT and HUMINT data, and the extraction of events and relationships (triples) from text - not only who or what, but why, when, where and how. Users then access and analyze this data through an easy-to-use search and collaboration portal.

Attensity Analyze for Voice of the Citizen ( enables organizations to monitor social media and direct communications in emails, surveys, etc. to understand the key issues and concerns of constituents, employees, soldiers, and other stakeholders.

Attensity Respond

( leverages advanced pattern recognition technology to categorize all incoming emails, forms, customer forums, tweets and other types of messages, allowing them to be tracked as trouble tickets. The solution then auto-responds to the message, or routes it to be serviced by the appropriate person or team.

Attensity Bio-surveillance / Outbreak Response ( provides early warning and root cause analysis of potential threats to people, food, and water supplies, enabling health authorities to detect a sudden shift in community health status and to support public health officials and scientists in providing early and effective public health response.

Attensity Cloud for Social Media Monitoring ( enables organizations to rapidly and accurately understand and analyze the buzz found in social media web forums, blogs and microblogs. This solution goes beyond the typical "starter" social media mining products out there -- over 18 years of research and development into natural language processing has resulted in the ability to produce deep analysis of sentiment, top issues, and other information -- translating social media feedback into actionable information.

Attensity Semantic Engines ( provide industry-leading unstructured data extraction and transformation technologies. The extraction technologies use patented, state-of-art semantic approaches to extract and recall information previously hidden in free-form text, turning it into valuable insights that can be used by all types of business users.

A Powerful Semantic Combination

AGS sells and services Attensity Group applications along with SAP BusinessObjects' Inxight products. Together, the combined semantic engines are able to automatically recognize and analyze document languages and automatically categorize content. Relevant "entities" such as people, objects, times and places are filtered and displayed in context and can be used for drill-down discovery and analysis. The technology currently supports 32 languages, including most European languages, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and many others. The partnership with SAP BusinessObjects enables AGS to integrate the capabilities in the LinguistX®, ThingFinder®, and Categorizer™ engines into the Attensity semantic applications, and thus gain a significant increase in the speed and quality of text analysis.

AGS Leadership

Craig D. Norris, President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

AGS will be led by Craig D. Norris, the former managing director of Attensity Group Americas. Previously, Norris was chief executive officer of Attensity Corporation. He is a high technology industry veteran with more than 25 years of front-line experience leading profitable organizations in the areas of strategy, operations and sales. He has served as chairman, chief executive officer or chief operating officer of both private and public organizations, including Ion Systems, Workexchange Technologies and Norris has successfully navigated start-ups and early stage companies to IPOs and other significant funding events, and has been continuously engaged with the completion of major sales to Fortune 500 organizations. Norris also brings to AGS a strong management consulting and systems integration background, having been a regional vice president for leading international consulting firm CAP Gemini America.

Craig Norris will be joined on the AGS board of directors by the following illustrious individuals with vast experience in technology, finance, government systems and the intelligence community:

Dan Wolf, Chairman of the Board

Wolf retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) as a senior executive with 39 years of service. He is now the president and CEO of Cyber Pack Ventures, Inc., a consulting company specializing in information assurance, intelligence and homeland security. He is also the director of the Software Assurance Consortium, a non-profit group supporting end users, and is active in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Software Assurance Working Groups. Wolf spent his last government leadership role as director of the Information Assurance Directorate of the National Security Agency, where he was responsible for implementing an information assurance strategy to protect government communications and networks carrying classified national security systems information. He serves on a number of corporate advisory boards and teaches Homeland Security courses at UMUC Grad School and programming languages at Howard Community College.

Joanne Isham, Board Member

Isham retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after a distinguished career as a senior executive in 2006. From 2001 until 2006, she served as deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). She is currently a member of the Director of National Intelligence advisory board; the board of trustees of Analytic Services, Inc.; the board of directors of the Hertz Foundation; the CIA Memorial Fund; and the Open Geospatial Consortium.

James Bruce, Board Member

Bruce is a senior researcher at a major non-profit corporation. He leads team research projects for intelligence community clients that focus on intelligence collection and analysis, and counterinsurgency. At the end of 2005, he retired as a senior executive officer from the CIA, where he served nearly 24 years in a variety of assignments. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and has taught at Columbia University.

David Hartford, Board Member

Hartford brings over 40 years of experience as a venture capitalist, international management consultant, attorney and software/systems engineer and manager to the AGS board. Hartford is one of ten founding partners of Swiss Aeris Capital AG, a large global private equity firm. He splits his time between the direct investment team and the private equity fund investment team and serves on the boards of directors of Attensity Group, DecisionView, Livescribe, Inc., and Rotani, and is a board observer at Proximetry.

Ron Weissman, Board Member

Weissman has more than 30 years experience in high technology investing and operations. He has served as a director for more than 20 companies and has been an advisor to more than 40 venture-backed startups. As an investor, his focus is on business applications, information access and analytics software, healthcare IT and SaaS applications. He is an active advisor to many public and private organizations on venture capital funding, marketing, business strategy, M&A and corporate development.

About Attensity Government Systems

Attensity Government Systems (AGS) provides semantic technologies and software applications that enable government agencies to quickly find, understand, and use information trapped in unstructured text to drive critical decision-making. AGS solutions pre-integrate nouns (entities) together with verbs, combining leading semantic technologies, such as Inxight ThingFinder®, with Attensity's unique exhaustive extraction and other semantic language capabilities. This creates a unique capability to see important relationships, create link analysis charts, easily integrate with other software packages, and connect the dots in near real-time when time is of the essence. The comprehensive suite of commercial off-the-shelf applications includes intelligence analysis, social media monitoring, voice of the citizen, automated communications response and routing, and the industry's most extensive suite of semantic extraction technologies. With installations in intelligence, defense and civilian agencies, Attensity enables organizations to better track trends, identify patterns, detect anomalies, reduce threats, and seize opportunities faster. More information is at, and

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