There is a tremendous ability to collect extraordinary amounts of video and data from a broad and vast number of sources. Open Source, Publicly Available, Commercially available (Subscription) and private or permission based protected sources. There are numerous tools to store and extract information from each source into separate databases that are not connected. The people responsible to analyze all this information are overwhelmed and are no longer efficient and significantly less effective in producing actionable results. This applies whether for Public Safety, National Security, Private Security, Investment strategies or research. The expression used to describe some of the challenges is “Tab Fatigue.” Having a large number of windows and browsers tabs open and the requirement to “carousel” through them, using conventional “cut and paste” into common office products i.e. documents and spreadsheets to display them together.
The challenge in Public Safety and National Security they are currently more reactive than pro-active. There is a need for a more predictive set of tools that augments the analyst’s abilities to provide actionable information that could potentially prevent something bad from happening.