Business Objects Solution Selected for Counter-Terrorism System

Business Intelligence Solution From Business Objects Provides Query, Reporting, and Analysis Platform for Sharing Critical Intelligence Worldwide

San Jose, Calif. - October 8, 2002 -- Continuing to play a strategic role in the nation’s homeland security efforts, Business Objects (Nasdaq: BOBJ), the world’s leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that WebIntelligence® has been selected as the web-based query and reporting platform for the U.S. State Department’s TIPOFF system. TIPOFF, developed by The Analysis Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia, provides federal agencies with a common database where they can share information of all kinds relating to possible terrorist threats, activities, and identities.

Initially conceived as a strategic “in-house” system for the U.S. State Department, the events of September 11, 2001, changed these plans dramatically. The Analysis Corporation worked closely with Business Objects to develop a new version of the TIPOFF Program that extends the solution to counter-terrorist agencies around the globe. Business Objects pioneered the extranet market in the corporate sector five years ago, helping companies share information securely with their customers, partners, and suppliers. Today, Business Objects has hundreds of extranet customers in the corporate sector, and is the standard for information sharing in many industries. The Analysis Corporation turned to Business Objects for this same technology and expertise to provide a secure, web-based platform to rapidly deploy critical intelligence information worldwide.

Using WebIntelligence from Business Objects, TIPOFF users can easily access counter-terrorism intelligence data using a simple web browser and perform ad-hoc queries and reporting. For example, federal agencies can compare information from U.S. Visa applications against the counter-terrorism data in TIPOFF to help prevent suspected terrorists from gaining entry into the U.S.

“The U.S. Government has identified business intelligence software as a highly effective way to consolidate, streamline access to, and improve the sharing of homeland security data,” said Greg Lorden, vice president of government at Business Objects. “Using WebIntelligence, the participating government agencies around the globe now have easy, secure access to TIPOFF information. They are able to quickly analyze the data to proactively identify threats and share this information across all agencies.”