L.A. taps Memex intell system

The newly opened Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center has selected Memex to provide the facility's intelligence management system.

The system will facilitate the management and sharing of intelligence information among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, according to the company. Memex specializes in intelligence management and analysis solutions. The Glasgow, Scotland-based company operates offices in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. areas.

Mike Himley, general manager for Memex's western region, said about 60 to 70 analysts will use the Joint Regional Intelligence Center's system. He said Memex's New Scotland Yard implementation may involve more users, but noted that the Los Angeles deployment involves more agencies. The multi-agency initiative brings together participants including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Himley called that level of inter-agency cooperation unprecedented.

'Historically, you ended up with different agencies operating up to the edge of their jurisdictions,' he said.

The software will let the Los Angeles center gather and track leads and tap other law enforcement data sources. Data is housed in Memex's intelligence engine, a proprietary database. Analysts can run searches against the database for both structured and unstructured information.

In addition to the Los Angeles deal, Memex has a number of state deployments. In June, Memex announced that New Hampshire selected the company to provide a criminal-intelligence system to aid terrorism investigations across the state. Memex also provides intelligence systems to
the Pennsylvania State Police, Delaware State Police, New Jersey State Police and the Ohio Office of Attorney General ' Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

At the federal level, Memex's search and analysis technology is used in the Defense Department's Pathfinder program.

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