NSI / Suspicious Activity Reports
With the recent creation of the National SAR Initiative, we now have a national space where Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) can be shared, compared, and used in threat analysis and investigations. Terrorism precursors and planning often involve “legal” activities that seem unusual and arouse suspicion, like buying fertilizer or photographing infrastructure. With the increasing awareness of the “See Something, Say Something” initiative, more citizens and local agencies are capturing these observations as SARs, which add to the vetting workload for Fusion Centers. The Memex solution provides the platform for creation or intake of SARs, the ability to vet with advanced search and analytics, and the ability to connect the dots on SARs, and work up threat analysis or other intelligence products and reports – all from one platform and one login.
Also, unlike other tools, the Memex solution keeps the analyst vetting and workup information together with the SAR, so that other analysts can see the work that was done, who was interviewed, and what opinions were developed. This critical aspect of the Memex solution stays true to the concept of sharing SARs, where we are working together and can see the findings of other analysts or agencies.
One of the popular Memex modules is a Web portal interface to allow officers or the general public to enter a SAR online, which is then automatically fed into the workflow, to lessen the administrative burden and ensure SARs are tracked appropriately.
Memex makes it easy for Fusion Centers to participate in NSI, and provides the comprehensive tools needed for effective analysis, and the ability to push the information seamlessly to eGuardian and other data sharing systems.