Software seeks hits matching terrorist list

Software seeks hits matching terrorist list

A data integration company has introduced an application to aid agencies and companies that are required to match the Treasury Department's list of terrorist suspects against their own records.

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control publishes lists of suspected terrorist organizations, narcotics traffickers and sanctioned nations. OFAC posts the lists on the Web as text-delimited files and also makes them available by fax on demand.

Veri-Quest software, from Vality Technology Inc. of Boston, performs probabilistic matching of the OFAC listings against data in other applications, said Steve Brown, the company's vice president of product strategy.

Vality will reformat the OFAC data file each time it is updated and e-mail it to Veri-Quest in batch mode to flag all suspicious items in a single database.

The application runs on platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Unix, IBM AS/400 and IBM OS/390, Brown said. It costs $91,200.

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