IBM (NYSE: IBM) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire intelligence analytics firm i2 Group.
i2 provides intelligence and investigation management software for law enforcement, defense, national security and private sector organisations and has more than 4, 500 customers in 150 countries.
IBM said the move will expand its business analytics capabilities and help public sector clients address crime, fraud and security threats.
The company said i2 will help it provide a comprehensive range of visualization and multidimensional analytics for the timely delivery of intelligence, including threat and fraud analytics.
This will include quickly identifying connections, patterns and trends in complex data sets.
“IBM’s goal is to better equip public safety officials and businesses with the information and tools they need to ensure safer cities, ” said Craig Hayman, general manager of industry solutions at IBM. “The combined capabilities of IBM and i2 will help customers uncover patterns and trends that will allow them to more effectively protect the privacy and safety of citizens, businesses and governments.”