HERNDON, Va., and NEW YORK, March 1, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Information Builders, an experienced provider of enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting, have formed a strategic alliance to provide national security solutions to federal, state and local government agencies.
Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector and Information Builders will work together to identify and pursue new business opportunities for three specific national security-related activities: bioterrorism/syndromic analysis, identification and authentication solutions, and law enforcement data integration.
The bioterrorism/syndromic analysis comprehensive solution provides transformation capabilities, templates for data collection and delivery, and adapters for the rapid deployment of bioterrorism response systems. This solution helps federal, state and local agencies share data and deliver bio-terrorism warnings to the public. Northrop Grumman IT, Information Builders, and Visual Risk Technologies are currently implementing this solution for Delaware, while also pursuing work at other federal, state and local government agencies.
The authentication and identification solution will allow employers to track every facet of an employee's movement and activity via smart card technology. The cards will also contain key biometric information so secure facilities remain truly secure. Northrop Grumman IT and Information Builders are targeting federal and state organizations for this technology, as well as large private sector employers. Information Builders technology is currently used to package this solution with other key applications and real-time databases, while providing crucial auditing reporting.
The companies will also provide law enforcement data integration with a data warehouse and/or integration package that reads large amounts of data, runs analyses, and identifies criminal patterns and potential terrorist activity. Various solution packages are already in use by several federal, state and local military and law enforcement agencies.
"This strategic alliance enables government agencies and other customers to take advantage of both companies' expertise to meet new security challenges," said Tom Wilson, vice president, Alliances, Northrop Grumman IT. "Aligning our offerings makes great sense and will provide current and potential customers with integrated services, greater efficiency, and enhanced customer service."
"We are very happy to establish a strategic alliance with Northrop Grumman IT," said Gerald D. Cohen, chief executive officer, Information Builders. "While Information Builders has sold software to every government agency over the last 28 years, this alliance will create new opportunities for both companies."
About Northrop Grumman Information Technology
Northrop Grumman Information Technology, based in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; homeland security; enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services. For more information, visit www.it.northropgrumman.com/ITSolutions .
About Information Builders
Information Builders is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting. The company's WebFOCUS product - the industry's most secure and flexible - is able to meet all the reporting needs of the extended enterprise, ranging from analysts to power users to the widest deployments of hundreds of thousands of users. Additionally, WebFOCUS' empowerment of organizations seeking to leverage all their data by accessing it all - from legacy to data warehouse - is unmatched.
Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 28 years to more than 11,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,750 people, has over 350 business partners, and generated revenues exceeding $300 million in 2003. For more information, visit www.informationbuilders.com .
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