C4iSR & Missions Systems

Rafael's Wisdom Stone offers a new way to collect and analyse data

21 February 2017
Wisdom Stone can enable military, law enforcement, and intelligence customers to build an intelligence picture using unique analysis and research capabilities to reveal hidden patterns, connections, and activities. Source: Rafael

Rafael has developed a new system to collect, fuse, and analyse vast amounts of data from numerous unrelated sources, and provide meaningful and actionable intelligence.

An additional feature of Wisdom Stone is the ability to take the data, store it in real time, and make it immediately available to analysts.

"Rafael developed a unique platform that you can throw all your data into and get the value according to the customer's needs," Yudi B (for security purposes, Rafael could not divulge Yudi's last name), big data line manager for Rafael, told Jane's on 16 February.

"You have a pool of all this data, it can be different data, structured or unstructured data, it can be voice, text, image, [what] I want is to get the value [of the information]," he said. "The challenge today is to deal with this amount of data that is growing all the time."

To handle the vast amount of information that could be gathered from different sources, Rafael needed to develop a system with a lot of capability, or layers, Yudi said.

Although Rafael does not make hardware for Wisdom Stone, company developers had to understand what hardware was needed and how to efficiently use it, he noted.

Because a customer could have thousands or even hundreds of thousands of users accessing information via Wisdom Stone, in real time, making sure the system was properly scaled to meet the customer's needs was vital.

The platform itself also needed to be easy to use, something Rafael strived to ensure, Yudi noted.

It took Rafael a year to understand how to take its system and scale it out to handle the amount of data, the number of users, and how to save and store all the data in real time, he added.

Maintaining scale is challenging, he added, not only because of the increase in the number of sensors collecting and sending data, but because of the rapid pace of technology improvements.

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