MongoDB Powers Groundbreaking Real-time Traveler Safety Platform, Leveraged from Past Performance in National Security

New Service from Prescient Analyzes Petabytes of Data from more than 38,000 Sources to Protect Travelers

New Service from Prescient Analyzes Petabytes of Data from more than 38,000 Sources to Protect Travelers

NEW YORK, NY and PALO ALTO, CA – April 26, 2016 – MongoDB, the database for giant ideas, today announced that Prescient, a leading risk management and technology development firm, relies on MongoDB to drive ‘infinite scale’ for its breakthrough traveler safety systems. Launched today, Prescient Traveler™ delivers real-time threat intelligence to corporate security stakeholders and individuals, with higher fidelity than ever before achieved.

Born out of Prescient’s many successes with federal counterintelligence and national security programs, Prescient has commercialized its services to form the world’s most sophisticated traveler risk management system. Prescient Traveler delivers concise, actionable recommendations to help ordinary people avoid danger and, if necessary, react smartly to it.

“Our expertise in intelligence operations coupled with our proprietary methods for systematized threat data aggregation and analysis puts us in a unique position to completely redefine how corporations protect their employees,” said Mike Bishop, Chief Systems Architect at Prescient. “Until now, no one has approached this problem with the technology or methods we employ. With MongoDB, we’re able to take in vast amounts of data and process it in real time, which is crucial when delays could mean someone’s life.”

Prescient Traveler ingests massive volumes of structured and unstructured data – social media, breaking news, RSS feeds, real-time weather and geological alerts, public safety bulletins, economic stability indicators, as well as regional crime, health and natural disaster statistics – and uses advanced analytic systems to evaluate, visualize and disseminate relevant safety information. Text sources are analyzed by sophisticated software that determines sentiment then identifies facts and events worth reporting to subscribers based on a variety of criteria. Curated sources are further analyzed by Prescient’s specially trained Analysts as part of the firm’s venue-specific threat and business continuity assessments. Since pre-release testing began late last year, more than 38,000 distinct threat data sources have already been indexed by Prescient Traveler systems and roughly 200 new sources are being identified each day.

Backed by trained threat analysts working with Prescient’s proprietary systems in a purpose-built Watch Center, Prescient Traveler alerts subscribers of nearby threats via a Mobile Application. The Mobile App also notifies users when they approach or enter areas of elevated threat and provides insights into local customs and norms. Corporate security officers can maintain worldwide traveler accountability via the Prescient Traveler Dashboard.

MongoDB fit Prescient’s requirements for schema flexibility to track the dynamic relationships between people and threats. For example, Prescient Traveler can correlate threats in a specific region with individual user attributes to identify whether a traveler is susceptible to racial hostility. The highly available document store also ensures users get access to data without delay, when and where they need it.

“In an era where national security remains top of mind for governments, corporations and individuals alike, Prescient has actually leveraged big data for the security market,” said Dev Ittycheria, president and CEO of MongoDB. “Their new platform shines a spotlight on the power of MongoDB to aggregate and analyze data from tens of thousands of sources in a single technology in order to ultimately create a competitive advantage.”

Advanced Technology Transforms Traveler Safety: How it Works Using its existing connectors, MongoDB works together with SAP HANA and Hadoop to assess where people and companies are vulnerable.

Prescient Traveler uses dozens of custom Apache NiFi processors for source metadata management and initial parsing of data feeds. From there, data is selectively routed to SAP HANA and Hadoop for more complex analyses according to defined “escalation criteria.” Following these text and geospatial analyses, Prescient’s threat-vulnerability correlation process is completed when user profiles and locations persisted in MongoDB are queried to determine if threats relate to a specific person or population, based on their physical location and personal attributes.

“The fact that we can pull geospatial events out of SAP HANA and correlate that with traveler information persisted in MongoDB in real time – that’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of benefit to our subscribers,” added Bishop. “MongoDB is vital to our success due to its high availability, and the fact that it can scale infinitely to meet our needs.”


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About Prescient Prescient combines leading-edge technological solutions to simplify and humanize intelligence in ways that help clients mitigate enterprise-wide risks. The company’s commercial solutions consist of a comprehensive suite of due diligence, traveler safety and risk mitigation services that facilitate informed decision-making and situational awareness. Prescient’s federal solutions support U.S. agencies with a variety of National Security, compliance and research and development programs.

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