Military operations are always based on large amounts of information. The wrong or insufficient information may mean failure of the entire operation. For this reason, information has to be processed for Intelligence purposes as quickly as possible. The new role of the Royal Netherlands Army, e.g. during peace operations, effectively means that the nature of the information needs has changed.

It is no longer just information about the status and movements of combat units that is needed, but also information about persons, communities and all kinds of - not specifically military - events. All this information has to be stored in a structured manner to allow analysis to take place. These new information needs also have an effect on the processing, visualization and analysis of data. The usual presentation on a military staff map no longer applies. For this reason TNO developed PARANOID (Program for Analysis, Retrieval and Navigation on Intelligence Data). A new way for the quick processing of (un)structured information.

Flexible database

The structured storage of information is best done in a flexible database, that enables the user to meet the ever-changing information needs during military operations. TNO's PARANOID is a framework, in which various techniques are applied to store, retrieve and analyse information. The focus lies on the information processing on behalf of peace operations. PARANOID has i.a. the following functions: Profiles, Information Management and Analysis. Profiles is used to define the limiting conditions within which information will have to be processed (time and area delimitation, special events, etc.). Information Management stores the incoming (unstructured) information in a structured flexible database, after which Analysis may take place, divided into context analysis, pattern recognition, trend and threat analysis.