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MOD signs multi-million data search deal with Autonomy

Antony Savvas

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a multi-million-pound deal with Autonomy to improve its data search systems.

Autonomy will provide its Intelligent Data Operating Layer Server (IDOL) to support the MOD’s new single information infrastructure.

In addition to supporting Joint Operations, this new infrastructure will support the MoD’s objective of making information immediately available to those who need it.

Autonomy’s IDOL Server will improve access to unstructured information by automating critical processes and tasks traditionally performed manually.

The new system will enable the MOD to process information in text, audio or video formats, and will allow it to make conceptual and contextual associations between disparate pieces of data.

The highly scalable system is expected to be available to more than 400,000 people internally, and will have the capability to accept an unlimited number of users on the MOD extranet. 

Autonomy already supplies similar systems to the US Department of Homeland Security, Nasa, the US Air Force, the UK Audit Commission, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, and the French defence ministry.

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