Austin Info Systems Releases Its Second Major Product of the Year

Jun 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Austin Info Systems, Inc.

    AUSTIN, Texas, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- You are the business analyst
 supporting the Chief Operating Officer of a US company with significant assets
 in Macedonia.  For the past several days, there have been reports of
 skirmishes in Macedonia between the National Liberation Association and
 government forces.  You need to quickly determine the make up of the
 government and its leaders.  You need to know the key players from the ethnic
 Albanian forces.  You need to know what battles are being fought, between
 whom, and where.  You need to collect pictures, maps, sound bites, and
 headlines.  Finally, you need charts and reports by the end of the day for the
 COO to make a reasoned decision as to continued corporate operations in
 Macedonia.  You wonder how you are ever going to get it done.
     Austin Info Systems, Inc. (AIS) today unveiled the first comprehensive
 intelligence support tool that handles all six steps in the intelligence
 collection process.  The Open Source Automated Link Analysis Tool, also known
 as OSALAT, automatically
 
     -- Collects information from open source collections
     -- Organizes the results for easy review
     -- Supports gathering information from external sources
     -- Extracts information from the overall collection
     -- Displays findings in graphical and textual reports
     -- Contributes to the dissemination of information.
 
     The comprehensive nature of OSALAT enhances the productivity of
 information analysts, automating business processes that are handled manually
 today.
     "People often say that the problem of information retrieval and knowledge
 management is like 'finding a needle in a haystack,'" said Claudia Porter,
 Principal Architect/Engineer and Project Lead for OSALAT.  "Although that's
 true, it's a poor way to frame the issues that are important now in advancing
 the state of the art.  Currently, the important issues are organizing and
 visualizing information, and technologies for entity extraction, link analysis
 and similar tasks deserve our attention.  If we lay the proper groundwork with
 these technologies today, the haystack won't be so daunting in the future."
     AIS understands the problems encountered in today's work place and
 provides solutions in their OSALAT system.  The Internet is both a wealth of
 information and a source of information overload.  OSALAT provides an
 intelligent search agent to find relevant documents from open source
 collections and document repositories.  Designated "hits" are then scored and
 clustered into topical buckets of similar documents.  But retrieval of
 documents does not equal information.  OSALAT extricates information from
 documents using several state-of-the-art extraction processes.  Information
 found in documents is not intelligence.  OSALAT not only extracts entities
 from documents and easily supports identification of relationships between
 them; it also collects this information on a case-wide basis.  Thus, OSALAT
 provides cross-document intelligence gathering.
     OSALAT relies on the IIR Pipeline for its processing power.  This
 transaction pipeline consists of a set of easily re-configurable components
 each of which is responsible for its own step in the search & organize, or
 entity extraction process.  By relying on the IIR Pipeline, OSALAT is able to
 provide easily extensible functionality for it users.  The IIR Pipeline
 components use state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to
 provide extraction capabilities that "learn from their own errors".  In
 addition to OSALAT, several AIS customers currently use the IIR Pipeline to
 provide collection, extraction, and indexing capabilities for their own
 software projects.
     OSALAT made a successful debut to the international community on
 8 May 2001, in Washington, D.C., at the Open Source Systems 2001 conference
 organized by Robert Steele.  Ms. Claudia Porter was one of several experts
 from the information industry who briefed the annual gathering of
 international government intelligence professionals looking at future
 investments in open source intelligence tools and sources.  Modifying a study
 done by Leonard Fuld & Company (http://www.fuld.com), Ms. Porter presented an
 objective comparison of 12 open source intelligence tools to include OSALAT.
 The results of that comparison are available at
 (http://www.ausinfo.com/OSALAT/CompetitiveAnalysis.htm).
     OSALAT is the second major product release from AIS this year.  On
 March 8, 2001, Major General Steven W. Boutelle, Program Executive Officer
 Command, Control, and Communications Systems (PEO C3S) signed the ASAS-Light
 Acquisition Decision Memorandum allowing the All Source Analysis System-Light
 (ASAS-L) Version 4 to be fielded to the Army.  With this decision, ASAS-L
 became one of the first Windows NT, ruggedized Army Battlefield Command System
 /Army Tactical Command and Control System (ABCS/ATCCS) laptop approved for
 fielding.  Over 1000 systems will be fielded to Army combat units worldwide
 beginning this summer.  MG Boutelle characterized ASAS-L as "a real winner".
     Austin Info Systems, Inc. (AIS), incorporated in October of 1992, is a
 privately held, veteran-owned small business committed to providing its
 customers with high-quality, cost-effective systems and services.  Selected
 four consecutive years as one of Austin, Texas, 50 fastest growing small
 businesses, AIS provides expertise in command, control, communications, and
 intelligence (C3I) systems, object-based C2 visualization, course of action
 development, knowledge-based discovery, data mining and intelligent searches,
 knowledge representation, software agent development, multi-band antenna
 product design, digital communications switching, remote radio control
 hardware, and Unix to Windows NT/Windows 2000 application transition.  OSALAT
 is available for export.  Purchase orders will normally be filled within
 30 days of receipt.  Additional information on OSALAT can be found at
 http://www.ausinfo.com/osalat.  Information about other AIS products can be
 found at http://www.ausinfo.com or by contacting Mike Metscher, Vice
 President/COO or John Davis, Director New Business at mmetscher@ausinfo.com or
 jdavis@ausinfo.com, or by calling (512) 329-6661.
 
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    AUSTIN, Texas, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- You are the business analyst
 supporting the Chief Operating Officer of a US company with significant assets
 in Macedonia.  For the past several days, there have been reports of
 skirmishes in Macedonia between the National Liberation Association and
 government forces.  You need to quickly determine the make up of the
 government and its leaders.  You need to know the key players from the ethnic
 Albanian forces.  You need to know what battles are being fought, between
 whom, and where.  You need to collect pictures, maps, sound bites, and
 headlines.  Finally, you need charts and reports by the end of the day for the
 COO to make a reasoned decision as to continued corporate operations in
 Macedonia.  You wonder how you are ever going to get it done.
     Austin Info Systems, Inc. (AIS) today unveiled the first comprehensive
 intelligence support tool that handles all six steps in the intelligence
 collection process.  The Open Source Automated Link Analysis Tool, also known
 as OSALAT, automatically
 
     -- Collects information from open source collections
     -- Organizes the results for easy review
     -- Supports gathering information from external sources
     -- Extracts information from the overall collection
     -- Displays findings in graphical and textual reports
     -- Contributes to the dissemination of information.
 
     The comprehensive nature of OSALAT enhances the productivity of
 information analysts, automating business processes that are handled manually
 today.
     "People often say that the problem of information retrieval and knowledge
 management is like 'finding a needle in a haystack,'" said Claudia Porter,
 Principal Architect/Engineer and Project Lead for OSALAT.  "Although that's
 true, it's a poor way to frame the issues that are important now in advancing
 the state of the art.  Currently, the important issues are organizing and
 visualizing information, and technologies for entity extraction, link analysis
 and similar tasks deserve our attention.  If we lay the proper groundwork with
 these technologies today, the haystack won't be so daunting in the future."
     AIS understands the problems encountered in today's work place and
 provides solutions in their OSALAT system.  The Internet is both a wealth of
 information and a source of information overload.  OSALAT provides an
 intelligent search agent to find relevant documents from open source
 collections and document repositories.  Designated "hits" are then scored and
 clustered into topical buckets of similar documents.  But retrieval of
 documents does not equal information.  OSALAT extricates information from
 documents using several state-of-the-art extraction processes.  Information
 found in documents is not intelligence.  OSALAT not only extracts entities
 from documents and easily supports identification of relationships between
 them; it also collects this information on a case-wide basis.  Thus, OSALAT
 provides cross-document intelligence gathering.
     OSALAT relies on the IIR Pipeline for its processing power.  This
 transaction pipeline consists of a set of easily re-configurable components
 each of which is responsible for its own step in the search & organize, or
 entity extraction process.  By relying on the IIR Pipeline, OSALAT is able to
 provide easily extensible functionality for it users.  The IIR Pipeline
 components use state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to
 provide extraction capabilities that "learn from their own errors".  In
 addition to OSALAT, several AIS customers currently use the IIR Pipeline to
 provide collection, extraction, and indexing capabilities for their own
 software projects.
     OSALAT made a successful debut to the international community on
 8 May 2001, in Washington, D.C., at the Open Source Systems 2001 conference
 organized by Robert Steele.  Ms. Claudia Porter was one of several experts
 from the information industry who briefed the annual gathering of
 international government intelligence professionals looking at future
 investments in open source intelligence tools and sources.  Modifying a study
 done by Leonard Fuld & Company (http://www.fuld.com), Ms. Porter presented an
 objective comparison of 12 open source intelligence tools to include OSALAT.
 The results of that comparison are available at
 (http://www.ausinfo.com/OSALAT/CompetitiveAnalysis.htm).
     OSALAT is the second major product release from AIS this year.  On
 March 8, 2001, Major General Steven W. Boutelle, Program Executive Officer
 Command, Control, and Communications Systems (PEO C3S) signed the ASAS-Light
 Acquisition Decision Memorandum allowing the All Source Analysis System-Light
 (ASAS-L) Version 4 to be fielded to the Army.  With this decision, ASAS-L
 became one of the first Windows NT, ruggedized Army Battlefield Command System
 /Army Tactical Command and Control System (ABCS/ATCCS) laptop approved for
 fielding.  Over 1000 systems will be fielded to Army combat units worldwide
 beginning this summer.  MG Boutelle characterized ASAS-L as "a real winner".
     Austin Info Systems, Inc. (AIS), incorporated in October of 1992, is a
 privately held, veteran-owned small business committed to providing its
 customers with high-quality, cost-effective systems and services.  Selected
 four consecutive years as one of Austin, Texas, 50 fastest growing small
 businesses, AIS provides expertise in command, control, communications, and
 intelligence (C3I) systems, object-based C2 visualization, course of action
 development, knowledge-based discovery, data mining and intelligent searches,
 knowledge representation, software agent development, multi-band antenna
 product design, digital communications switching, remote radio control
 hardware, and Unix to Windows NT/Windows 2000 application transition.  OSALAT
 is available for export.  Purchase orders will normally be filled within
 30 days of receipt.  Additional information on OSALAT can be found at
 http://www.ausinfo.com/osalat.  Information about other AIS products can be
 found at http://www.ausinfo.com or by contacting Mike Metscher, Vice
 President/COO or John Davis, Director New Business at mmetscher@ausinfo.com or
 jdavis@ausinfo.com, or by calling (512) 329-6661.
 
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