A new content-based network from Semandex(TM) Networks, Inc., of Princeton, developed under a National Technology Alliance (NTA) program for the U.S. Marine Corps, is helping marines in Iraq find and distribute crucial battle space information several times faster.
In one case, an operator using the Semandex capability found geospatial data in just one day that would have taken six marines a week to locate using conventional search methods. The Semandex routing capability has been integrated into the Marine Corps Intelligence Analysis System Family of Systems (IAS FoS). It is used as a tool for distributed search by Marine Force Intelligence Operators.
The NTA fast-tracked the new technology from lab prototype to working system in 18 months by coordinating funding and support across several defense and intelligence agencies. It also helped make the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) data source more accessible.