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SAS acquires law enforcement data analytics firm Memex

SAS has acquired Memex, a Scottish company that specializes in data analytics and enterprise search technology for law enforcement agencies.

SAS Institute has acquired Memex, a Scottish company that specializes in data analytics and enterprise search technology for police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

The Memex platform is aimed at helping law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies collect, share and make sense of data to better predict and prevent crimes, according to the company’s website.

SAS has tailored its own data analytics tools to meet the needs of specific vertical industries like retail and pharmaceuticals. The acquisition of Memex, with its focus on law enforcement, would appear to fit with that strategy.

SAS said the acquisition will allow it to target the emerging market for fusion centers, which are usually made up of multiple law enforcement agencies and collect data from multiple sources, including from the private sector.

“The Memex acquisition is a key element of our global initiative to enhance our law enforcement, criminal justice, homeland security and intelligence offerings,” said Dr. Jim Goodnight, SAS CEO, in a statement. “I want SAS to be the first company public security organizations call to help them apply analytics to solve crime and protect citizens.”

Founded in 1979, Memex is a private company based in East Kilbride, Scotland. It does not release annual earnings reports, but the company did announce in a statement in January that its revenue increased by 70% in 2009. Memex customers include the Los Angeles Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but SAS did say it intends to retain the Memex executive team.

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