The data analysis company PolySentry, which receives funding from the US's National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has landed a new US Air Force contract as it continues to climb through the ranks in the American intelligence sector.
Details of a new US Air Force contract for the development of systems to integrate data from different sources - air, land, sea, space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum - were published on 8 July. One of the companies working on the contract will be data analysis company Polysentry. Set up in 2018 by Josiah Adams, Tyler Cicirello and Kevin Virgil, the company has quickly made a place for itself in the American defense sector.
In its early days, Polysentry developed a data discovery system for use in the private sector. It used artificial intelligence based on a knowledge graph that is connected to internal and external data sources. The system also provides ongoing surveillance, analysing data as it is acquired and fitting it with meta tags.
The heavily automated system advises users when interesting new connections have been extracted from an analysis, eliminating the need for analysts to keep watch over the platform. Enabling analysts to gain time has become one of the main priorities of the intelligence community, since the benefits expected from artificial intelligence-based automation of the fastidious operations they often have to carry out are taking time to filter down.
Growing intelligence interest
PolySentry was quickly spotted by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for its potential to produce dual-use technology solutions. It obtained several research and development contracts aimed at enabling it to adapt its platform for use by the intelligence services. These helped the company to develop its open source data-gathering and real-time analysis capacities, as well its ability to automatically identify geospatial, temporal and contextual connections between data.
The company obtained funds in April from the NGA Accelerator, a joint venture between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and company incubator Capital Innovators, and hopes to raise fresh funds before the end of the year.
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