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&#39Feds&#39 software&#39 gathers evidence

The company that designed investigative software for the FBI is launching an IT package for the UK financial services market that aims to help companies analyse rival firms.

The FSA and the Serious Fraud Office already use i2 Software to map their investigations into companies and individuals.

The company produces software for 20,000 users in 2,000 organisations which include most international, federal and national intelligence and law enforcement organisations. It has redeveloped these systems to produce Anacubis. Desktop Anacubis is aimed at the commercial market and allows users to create interactive diagrams onscreen that map and retain data from online business databases.

The system will allow financial services companies to research their competitors and map their recent acquisitions and mergers on one screen.

It creates spider diagrams linking data from different online resources, giving users a wide picture.

The firm believes that consolidating the information in this format will allow clients such as investment banks to cut costs by reducing the time to collate data and allow staff to focus on analysis.

The Anacubis browser is available to use with patents&#39 database Questel Orbit and online business information databases from Bureau van Dijk, D&B and LexisNexis.

Anacubis general manager Greg Coyle says: “We think we can help companies to analyse their competitors. The system will give the bigger picture and allow them to pull together information from different sources to determine the structure of rival businesses, look at directors and shareholder interests and use the system as a risk management tool to take a closer look at due diligence.”

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