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Air Force’s Digital Directorate Awards Kinetica a Contract with $100M Ceiling to Provide a Streaming Data Warehouse to Fuse and Enrich Sensor Data in Real Time

Following a successful prototype with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) awarded The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse a contract for real-time intelligence, further expanding Kinetica’s federal government portfolio
San Francisco, CAFebruary 2, 2021

Kinetica, the streaming data warehouse that combines historical and streaming data analysis with powerful location intelligence and AI, announced a five-year contract with the Air Force to deliver a streaming data warehouse for the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Pathfinder program that will tie independent systems together across air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains, creating a fused operational picture. This contract transitions and expands on capabilities demonstrated during a one-year prototyping effort with NORAD and USNORTHCOM and DIU, the Department of Defense organization that exclusively works with commercial companies to solve national security challenges.

 

The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse ingests, analyzes, and visualizes massive data sets

with trillions of rows in order to model possible outcomes and assess risk. By broadening and

deepening data analysis capabilities, The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse enhances

situational awareness–key to anticipating an adversary.

 

“One leap forward to improve all domain awareness, information dominance and decision

superiority, in coordination with the Defense Innovation Unit, is the NORAD and U.S.

NORTHCOM Pathfinder program. We are nine months into the development of a Homeland

Defense data ecosystem prototype. This effort is a technology leap forward for Homeland

Defense command and control systems,” said General Glen VanHerck, Commander, North

American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command

(USNORTHCOM) during a recent presentation to The Institute for Defense and Government

Advancement Hypersonic Weapons Summit.

 

By filtering and fusing multi-domain sensor feeds, The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse can

quickly ingest and correlate airborne objects across sensors, building feature-rich entities. This

will allow military operators to deepen their data analysis capabilities and increase their

situational awareness across North America by combining functions currently performed by

multiple isolated systems into a cloud platform producing real-time intelligence for leadership to

act on.

 

The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse can process data at massive scale, powered by

NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs and Intel CPUs, taking on previously impossible challenges. Data

streams into The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse from a variety of sources, including

everything from legacy databases to sensors, which are analyzed in real time.

 

“Information dominance contributes to our national security and we’re proud to partner with

Kinetica to help get warfighters better access to this information,” said Brian Gunderson, a Booz

Allen Hamilton Vice President and leader in the firm’s defense business. “The volume of

intelligence data requires innovative approaches like the application of AI, to unearth valuable

insights potentially buried in the data.”

 

What makes this solution different from previous command-and-control systems is that it is

predicated on distributed computing using massive parallelization from thousands of processing

cores. The Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse is deployed on AWS GovCloud. As an open

platform, teams of data scientists can bring their machine learning models into Kinetica for entity

classification and anomaly detection. Further differentiating itself from legacy platforms,

Kinetica’s open platform is accessible to government and third-party users building analytical

tools and end-user applications, speeding innovation as well as collaboration.

 

“Most technologies today are not equipped to handle the volume of data along with the highspeed velocity flowing in from non-stop data feeds,” said Amit Vij, President and Co-Founder, Kinetica. “Usually the velocity of data breaks the latest technologies of today, and this presents a serious challenge to many organizations that require real-time actionable intelligence from multiple domains. We are excited about this partnership with NORAD/USNORTHCOM and Digital Directorate because Kinetica is purpose-built to ingest, analyze, and visualize real-time intelligence from multiple, high-velocity streaming data feeds, providing a complete operational picture on which we can act.”

 

To learn more about Kinetica and Kinetica’s public sector work, visit kinetica.com/solutions/public-sector/.

About Kinetica

Kinetica helps many of the world’s largest companies solve some of the world’s most complex problems, including the US Air Force, NORAD, USPS, Citibank, Telkomsel, MSI, OVO, and Softbank, among others. Kinetica is the first streaming data warehouse in the cloud to combine historical, streaming, and location data analysis at unparalleled performance and scale, for instant results.

Organizations across the public sector, financial services, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, retail, automotive,and beyond can load and analyze fast-moving data simultaneously, delivering instant insight. Kinetica offers flexible deployment, pricing, and support models across private and public clouds.

Kinetica has a rich partner ecosystem, including Dell, HP, IBM, NVIDIA, and Oracle and is privately held, backed by leading global venture capital firms Canvas Ventures, Citi Ventures, GreatPoint Ventures, and Meritech Capital Partners. For more information and to try Kinetica, visit kinetica.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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