Big Data is a relatively new term but something that Zenith has been working with for over a decade through our partnership with HP’s Big Data platforms. In the security world it is particularly relevant as our customers seek to leverage and better manage both their existing security infrastructure and data repositories and the ever growing sources of structured and unstructured digital information, both self-generated and from Open Source Information such as broadcast television, websites and social media.

Structured vs Unstructured Data

Unstructured data, human information—such as social media, video, audio, email and free text—is an incredibly rich source of information that contains diverse insights such as sentiment, risks and threats to a government or individual, and even hidden activities of criminals, terrorists, and hackers. It is estimated that 90 percent of all digital information generated is unstructured.

Structured and semi-structured data, stored in traditional databases and data repositories, continues to provide a vital role. With the constantly growing volume of data traditional data warehouses are no longer able to manage the sheer volume and speed of data.

Zenith partners with HP Big Data, the global leader in managing all data types, unstructured, semi-structured and structured – whatever the volume and whatever the data source and type. HP’s Big Data portfolio combined with Zenith’s extensive system integration and software development capability provides a diverse range of solutions to support all government and organisations with their security and operational requirements.

Data Fusion

True security requires a complete picture and full understanding of all data sources. Intelligence information resides in diverse formats and comes from diverse sources. The ability of a human operator to interpret and understanding these disparate information sources and types is tedious and not scalable. The use of technology to manage the real-time flow of information and intelligence is critical in today’s modern law enforcement and homeland security operators.

Zenith combines the multiple technologies of HP’s Big Data platforms and our diverse security and surveillance technologies to provide a complete picture, in real-time and retrospectively, providing users with a coherent intelligence picture, reducing analysts and operators workloads and enabling the discovery of the unknown unknowns.

As each organisations workflow and existing systems are different Zenith provides a flexible and consultative approach to developing a data fusion solution for each of our customers. Building in workflows and reporting, ensuring traceability of information and its access and ensuring the highest levels of scalability and security, Zenith can develop a solution for any data fusion requirement.