Intelligence Appliance


Plug-n-play intelligence solution based on semantics and cognitive computing


Intelligence Appliance


Search-in-a-box architecture and modules


Given the need of the intelligence market and corporate market to optimize the time spent in the preparation phase of the infrastructure development and the learning of more complex technologies, Via Appia has created the Apliance Search-in-a-box. The idea was born when several brazilian intelligence agencies, acquiring from Via Appia Intelligence search in context systems and tools for creation and maintenance of ontologies faced hardware infrastructre problems, basic software and learning curve of their investigators and atendants. In addition, the resource turnover and resource constraints further complicated the effective use of tools. With these goal, Search-in-a-box was created focusing on those demands.








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To ensure accurate results, search-in-a-box focused on the following premises:



Effectively plug-n-play

In this sense, instead of worrying about sizing, installation and other initial demands, simply install the appliance in the rack, plug the ethernet cable and, through a standard browser, access the appliance and carry out the network and security settings. All set, the appliance is fully operational.


Easy and standardized

Search-in-a-box has a visual operating system that makes it easy for users of all levels to access all the tools and information that fit them individually. The Search-in-a-box OS is actually a graphical application that allows full abstraction of the operating system. The user never accesses command prompts and other more complex features. All the documentation about the appliance, its OS, about all the installed modules are available in the OS interface, allowing the user to do his work in all aspects without needing to use external sources.


Reduce the demand
for support

One of the key items that increases the TCO of a solution today is the mobilization of resources to support and maintain the environment. With the concept of appliance that allows the user to abstract from the basic operating system and other kinds of demands, it becomes practically unnecessary the support or maintenance coming from technical staff of the client. Custom alerts alert you to occurrences that require some interaction, and even so dashboards are available to facilitate visual analysis of all search-in-a-box features.


Security against
unauthorized access
and infection

To ensure data security and ensure that there will be no counterattacks when investigating external information sources, to the best of our knowledge, Search-in-a-box is the only security-certified appliance. The American certification company Coalfire, after careful tests and studies on the structure of the appliance, has issued a certificate that guarantees to the end customer the tranquility in the investment and use of the solution. In addition, the appliance allows the integration with LDAP / AD, access via SSO, among others. Many user and group profiles can be defined, allowing you to create a consistent information security control framework.

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Custom remote or
local support


The client can optionally configure remote access for support purposes, so Via Appia can access the interfaces and the information to which they are given access, this allows quick troubleshooting. For customers who prefer, it is possible to hire monthly or on-demand access of technicians at the client spot.


Decreased learning curve

Since the user may be abstracted from hardware and software maintenance, there is no need for more specialized support, since the appliance is plug-n-play and almost instantly in use after it is configured for network access, The only thing left is learning to create data sources and interfaces. This greatly increases the optimization of the learning curve, making the turnover and the demand for more specialists in the solution less drastic.


Other advanced and
unique features

Search-in-a-box also brings other unique features in the market that enhance the cognitive and pre-cognitive capabilities of the system. We will cite a few more important examples. A structure called cloacking allows users of a particular data source to not see the information they do not have access to, but receives an alert saying that such information exists, so that the user can request access to the “owner” of that information. Clearly this functionality is optional and per data source. Exclusive access to intelligence portals for indexing purposes. This feature allows users who use tools like IBM i2 Analyze (IAP) to index and submit searches on all entities and links. Audio and video transcription. In an integrated and transparent way with the search module, Search-in-a-box, when it comes across audio or video files, extracts the audio part and transcribes it for text. Since then the converted texts are available for textual analysis, advanced searches, information cross-referencing, among others. The visualization of the texts text and audio, allowing, through clicks, the search in the text and the immediate hearing of the audio at that point.




Search-in-a-box allows the inclusion of a number of integrated modules, such as link analysis, case management, predictive analytics, entity resolution, and more. It also allows the scalability in processing and storage capacity. In more complex cases, other appliances can be interconnected.


At first, Search-in-a-box was born to process intelligent search in contexts based on ontologies and other pre-cognitive and advanced semantic functionalities. In this aspect, through the search for concepts applied in contexts, the end user can index several sources, interconnect them and obtain the intersection of information about targets or actors. With the consolidation of these characteristics, other important functionalities have been added in an integrated way. Thus, the appliance, despite being used in many areas, has become an indisputably powerful tool for intelligence and anti-fraud.

About the corporative use of the Search-in-a-box


Although this text has a greater inclination for the area of intelligence, it also has indisputable use in the corporate area. This use is vast, and may even address the fight against internal fraud and other frauds that can be practiced by the organization’s clients. Below are examples of corporate use:


1) Coporate search — It comprises the search of all informations of the company, such as documents, cadastral information and others.

2) Search on websites — It can index the company’s website and intranet providing a more powerful information retrieval in many ways.

3) Competitive intelligence — It allows the monitoring of competitors’ websites and other Internet sources of information to follow the steps and strategies of competitors. It allows through a specific module to make the predictive analysis of the trends of competitors and customers.

4) Anti-fraud — With the use of advanced tools, it allows to process and analyze information strategies for prevention and fight against fraud.

5) Transcription and analysis of call center audios — Convert audios from conversations between attendants and clients to text. This text can be searched with advanced commands and integrates the company’s knowledge base, being able to cross-reference information with other sources for both administrative and anti-fraud purposes. 

6) Assistance to the legal department — Provides a console where the lawyers can marry administrative and judicial litigation information to gain insight into current cases. As an example, it may be considered how a particular judge has judged in the past certain standard object and subject, examine the tendency to make more assertive decisions on the cases under study. With this and more cross-information, you get a suggestion as to whether to go for defense or an agreement with the client. In the information analysis about the use for intelligence, one can deduce some functionalities for the corporate word.


Case study:

REDE-LAB do Brasil identifica ativos ilícitos com a ajuda do IBM Watson Explorer.

Brazil’s REDE-LAB identifies illicit assets with help from IBM Watson Explorer.