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ADVISE was initiated in 2003 following the demise of the TIA project.

The new system includes data-mining tools to digest “massive quantities of information from many different sources” to find “hidden relationships in the data,” according to a 2004 report by Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a Homeland Security workshop that outlined this and other technology under development.

The technology is expected to analyze more than 3 million “relationships” or connections per hour, says the report, which included an example of how friends, family members, locations and workplaces can be linked by pinging the data.