Wednesday, October 4, 2023

OSINT Solution For Defence & Security: Flexible & Adaptable To Fit Your Requirements

Staff Correspondent

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is the practice of collecting, processing and analysing publicly available information. The goal of gathering this type of intelligence is to add crucial context to other forms of intelligence, creating a comprehensive situational awareness report to inform decisions at any stage of operations. 

OSINT comes from various sources, such as television, radio, print, social media, websites, or electronic documents. When it comes to OSINT, the amount of information being generated every minute, as well as its relevancy and accuracy, are the biggest challenges for defence and security sectors. Nowadays, trained analysts face millions of new pieces of content daily – media broadcasts, social media posts, messages, webpages – which hold potentially valuable intelligence.  

According to Statista, over the next five years, the total data created, captured, copied, and consumed worldwide is projected to grow to more than 180 zettabytes. Combined with the number of open sources that grow, transform, or phase out every year, open-source intelligence gathering is a difficult, time-consuming, and costly task. 

This is why the market of OSINT solutions has been revolutionised in recent years, incorporating machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and big data analytics. These emerging technologies influenced the way open-source data is collected, giving rise to new opportunities for solution providers able to deliver scalable systems that accelerate OSINT workflows for governmental, military, and civil users alike. 

20 years Of Experience In ASR & OSINT  

HENSOLDT Analytics, based in Europe and part of the HENSOLDT Group, is a global player in the OSINT sector, developing market-leading products and components tailored to the needs of its customers. The Media Mining System is a complete end-to-end OSINT solution that automates the process of recording, harvesting, and analysing image and text data from multiple sources, including video and speech, in 35 languages and dialects. 

The product can monitor traditional media, web, social media, digital satellite television (TV) and radio, frequency modulation (FM) radio, podcasts, email, documents, or messaging platforms (such as Telegram), achieving comprehensive coverage of your selected open sources. In addition to choosing which information to feed into the system, users can plug in their own data-streams and create custom profiles and ontologies to sift through irrelevant information and fine-tune query matching.  

Enabling Fact-based Situation Reports, Decisions, & Predictions 

The Media Mining System was designed to assist data analysts in all stages of the OSINT gathering process, including analyst and decision-maker collaborative environment for ease and speed of information-sharing. From fully automatic 24/7 or scheduled recording of data from multiple sources; indexing and archiving; complex data and trend visualising, to custom reporting and disseminating – the system increases the accuracy and efficiency of investigative work.  

The product is geared towards both short-term OSINT collection campaigns (such as election monitoring, emergency situations, and disaster relief efforts) and long-term operations. For example, integrations with existing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and imagery intelligence (IMINT) tools and services to enhance their native capabilities. The solution is easy to install, expand and upgrade, with data being stored on servers, typically installed on-premises, for immediate access.  

Scalable Automated Processing & Merging Of Open-Source Data For Defence & Security 

The competitive advantage of the HENSOLDT Analytics product lies in its adaptability and flexibility. The possibilities for customisations and on-demand features create an opportunity for defence and security professionals to build a system that truly addresses their operational requirements. 

In addition, the in-house development, computer vision, and research departments based in Austria and Germany work to extend the proprietary technologies at the core of the Media Mining System to respond to the challenges of collecting intelligence in data-saturated environments. 

One of the recently improved components – ODCT – utilises computer vision technology, enabling object detection, tracking, and classification in real-time videos. Thanks to the new features, customers can easily build upon the different options of the Media Mining System, select the capabilities they require, and accelerate their small- and large-scale open-source gathering operations. 

HENSOLDT Analytics is committed to creating customer-oriented solutions that equip OSINT analysts  and decision-makers with actionable intelligence. With the combined power of the natural language processing (NLP), automatic speech recognition (ASR), Computer Vision, AI, and ML at your fingertips, the Media Mining System gives its users a real advantage in a world where data is one of  the most valuable currencies. To find out more about HENSOLDT Analytics, visit the official company website: www.hensoldt  


HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed in the MDAX on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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