Marines in Iraq find battlespace information faster with content-based network from Semandex

"Semantic Web" Routing Technology Developed Under National Technology Alliance (NTA) Program

PRINCETON, N.J., July 14, 2004 -- A new content-based network from Semandex(TM) Networks, Inc., of Princeton, NJ (, developed under a National Technology Alliance (NTA) program for the U.S. Marine Corps, is helping Marines in Iraq find and distribute crucial battlespace information several times faster, according to Marine Corps intelligence officials and the NTA (

In one case, according to Marine Corps officials, an operator using the Semandex capability found geospatial data in just one day that would have taken six Marines a week to locate using conventional search methods. The Semandex routing capability has been integrated into the Marine Corps Intelligence Analysis System Family of Systems (IAS FoS). It is used as a tool for distributed search by Marine Force Intelligence Operators.

"Our network provides fast retrieval capabilities because it knows what information each user needs and where to find it," said Dan Reininger, President & CEO of Semandex. "The Marines now have a system that can quickly find information they need and share it with others for analysis, instead of being swamped with thousands of search-engine hits. Without the support of the NTA, this might still be a laboratory demo."

The NTA fast-tracked the new technology from lab prototype to working system in 18 months by coordinating funding and support across several defense and intelligence agencies. It also helped make the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) data source more accessible.

According to Ann Martin, NTA Technical Project Manager, "This success story fulfills the NTA goal of partnering with commercial industry to find solutions to technology challenges. We provide fast track procurement action, streamlined management, and an experienced Program Office that facilitates access to best-of-class resources through our business partners."

Creating a "Semantic Web"

A Semandex network adds content-based search to an existing information infrastructure, integrating knowledge sources and seekers. The network uses XML tags to classify information based on content instead of search terms and URLs. This creates a "semantic Web," where providers and users exchange information based on the relevance of its content to their needs, not on its IP address.

Access is real-time, eliminating the risk of basing important decisions on older, cached information. The searches can cover internal and external databases, documents, and even human experts as well as the Internet. Users can exchange information without knowing beforehand who is sending or receiving it, since the network tracks each user's needs.

A Semandex network overlays current systems and can work through existing applications, essentially eliminating the user learning curve. It can scale up indefinitely by simply adding Semandex routers. The system is built around standards-based XML for maximum compatibility and interoperability.

About Semandex(TM) Networks

Semandex(TM) Networks Inc provides standards-based solutions for the rapid delivery of information among distributed producers and consumers. Its systems are used in national defense and homeland security; enterprise information integration and knowledge management, and service industries such as healthcare, finance, and wireless. Semandex content-based networks enable enterprises to integrate information within and outside the organization faster and more cost-effectively.

About the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a member of the National Intelligence Community and a DoD Combat Support Agency. It provides timely, relevant, and accurate Geospatial Intelligence in support of national security. Geospatial Intelligence is the analysis and visual representation of security-related activities on the Earth. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., NGA operates major facilities in the northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, Mo. Areas. In addition, NGAA Support Teams serve customers around the nation and the world. For more information, visit the Web site at

About the National Technology Alliance

The mission of the NGA/NTA is to influence commercial and dual-use technology development by discovering, initiating, or accelerating commercial solutions to meet U.S. national security and defense technology challenges. The NGA/NTA is a U.S. Government program. NGA serves as the Executive Agent of the NGA/NTA on behalf of the U.S. Government. For more information, visit the Web site at

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