Galway business Siren to speed up criminal investigations

Born out of Irish-based research, Galway’s Siren has created new technology that will dramatically speed up the pace of criminal investigations.

Siren’s new 14.2 technology presents investigators with a pre-built intelligence graph that can make complex connections from large volumes of data.

The breakthrough is that this helps to surface previously inaccessible intelligence.

“The capability automatically maximizes the intelligence scope”

CEO John Randles said that the evolution of technology, and specifically AI, is dramatically increasing the pace and complexity of criminal activities.

Cyberattacks, digital IP theft and online child exploitation are just a few offenses that can occur within moments, and across international borders, causing widespread damage before traditional methods can respond.

Siren addresses this ongoing challenge in 14.2, enabling users to dramatically speed up their investigations, discover untapped intelligence and share reports that can now also be used as official evidence. 

“This release is absolutely huge for our users,” Randles said. “Analysts who found knowledge graphs a challenge in the past can now have one built for them. The capability automatically maximizes the intelligence scope so is a massive improvement in terms of effectiveness, for even the most experienced investigator.”

Innovation born in Galway

Siren was founded in Galway in 2014 by Giovanni Tummarello and Renaud Delbru as a spinout from Data Intensive Infrastructure, a Big Data research group at NUI Galway.

Siren allows investigators to make complex searches, organise the results visually and create advanced reports to share findings with their teams. The platform is also used by large corporations to protect their assets and networks against fraud and cyber threats.

The Galway business has amassed a global client base that includes national security agencies, law enforcement agencies and national infrastructure agencies, focused on identifying and investigating threats.

Last year it emerged that the business partnered with US based non-profit organisations like the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII) and the National Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF) who use its patented technology to solve complex intelligence problems, identify traffickers and reduce human trafficking.

The business raised €12m in funding in 2023 from the European Investment Bank.

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