Next Century has received a three-year contract from theÂ Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to develop a signals intelligence-based toolÂ that will work to forecast societal events as part ofÂ IARPA’s Mercury Program.
The SIGINT-based Anticipation of Future Events technology will be builtÂ to detect and predict terrorist orÂ military activities, civil unrest and rare disease outbreaks in the Middle East and North Africa, theÂ software company said Wednesday.
“Anticipating events well before they occur would allow us to prevent or minimize loss of life,” notedÂ John McBeth, Next Century president and CEO.
Next CenturyÂ will lead a team ofÂ predictive analytics specialistsÂ from Thresher Ventures, the University of Southern California, Draper, Virginia Tech, Harvard University, Ward Associates, Northeastern University, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Carnegie MellonÂ to produce the SAFE platform.
IARPA’s Mercury program seeksÂ methods to automate the analysis of foreign SIGINT data to predict significantÂ political, military and public health events.