Could This Tech Have Stopped Bombers? – Tech Bisnow (DC)

When news broke that one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had slipped through national security cracks, one DC-area company wondered if its software could have prevented the attack.

Basis Technology fed solution director Jeff Godbold and fed biz dev director Mike Veronis thought of how their company’s multi-lingual text analytics software could have at least helped. It mines info from large volumes of text in any language. The software may have ID’d spelling variations of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name as he left the US and re-entered the country after a trip to Russia. While a number of federal agencies use the company’s software, it wasn’t used by the ones tracking Tamerlan, who was on at least two federal watch lists.


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