DHS taps Verity for data-sharing net

DHS taps Verity for data-sharing net

The Homeland Security Department has chosen Verity Inc.'s enterprise software for its government intelligence information-sharing network. DHS is expanding its system to share information with state and local governments and first-response agencies.

The department will use the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's software in its Joint Regional Information Exchange System, which lets federal, state and local agencies and emergency operations centers receive and share secure intelligence and tactical information.

Winifred Shum, Verity's public relations manager, said he would not disclose the value or duration of the contract.

DHS early this month launched the network and said it would expand its reach over the next two months to all 50 states, five territories, the District of Columbia and 50 major urban areas [see GCN story]. JRIES is the foundation for sharing data among security and law enforcement agencies to detect, prevent and respond to terrorist acts.

Advanced research features of Verity's software will let these organizations locate, evaluate and analyze data in the system's content repositories, the company said.

The next expansion phase of the network will include counties and the private sector as well as communication at a higher classified level. Verity will provide content-organization and real-time classification technologies for this phase, Shum said.

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