SAS acquires national defense and intelligence analytics services firm VSTI

Jeff Kelly

SAS Institute continues to invest in tools and technologies for the law enforcement and intelligence communities.

The data analytics vendor on Friday announced it had acquired Vision Systems & Technology,

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or VSTI, a professional services company that helps federal and state agencies collect, monitor and analyze national defense and intelligence-related data.

The company, based in Ellicott City, Md., counts the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy among its customers.

The acquisition comes less than a month after SAS purchased Memex, a Scottish company that specializes in data analytics software and enterprise search technology for police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

SAS is betting the addition of VSTI’s consulting services to its portfolio will complement its existing data analytics technologies in the law enforcement and intelligence areas.

“VSTI’s deep domain knowledge and analytics expertise in the IC, combined with SAS’ industry-leading advanced analytics, will help lead to quicker deployment of solutions – solutions that can weed through massive amounts of data quickly to identify the most relevant information,” said Karen Knowles, who oversees SAS’ federal government technologies and customers.

Founded in 1997, VSTI won a three year contract with the Defense Department in September 2008 to develop and support a real-time data processing, pattern detection and alert response system. The company says that over 90% of its staff has “high-level security clearances” with various federal agencies.

VSTI CEO Dwayne Robinson will join SAS. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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