Ceartas - Columba Hidden Criminal Social Network Extraction, Analysis and Visualisation

Project Overview

In 2010, Data Fusion International was introduced to theTSSG Innovation and Commercial Centre (TICC) throughEnterprise Ireland. TSSG and DFI embarked on a collaborative Enterprise Ireland funded ‘InnovationPartnership’ project. TSSG worked with DFI to provide data mining technology and a Social NetworkingAnalysis (S.N.A) component for part of their “Infinity”product, which is used by domestic law enforcement agencies in the criminal intelligence domain.

Project Implementation

The TSSG developed software to automatically extract the complex connections between individual suspects from combined searches across internal data sources and the OSINT. Using these linkages the software automatically created a social network graph of the relationships between persons and organisations. The algorithms used to generate the graphs have also proven valuable in identifying hidden connections and visualising for example, gang dynamics and hierarchies. Combining knowledge available online and applying mining and analytics techniques provided huge insight into previously unknown relationships.

Project Achievements

“We were delighted to work on a collaborative Enterprise Ireland funded ‘Innovation Partnership’ project with the TSSG. The technology developed has provided a core part of our overall product offering, providing us with a significant competitive advantage and new product/market opportunities which will result in further job creation at DFI in 2012”

John Collins, CEO, Data Fusion International Ltd.


Enterprise Ireland.


For further information please contact:

Eric Robson