Thanks for giving me the go-ahead on this.
The key company you asked about is called Autonomy, and operates with
dual headquarters, out of San Francisco and London.
Autonomy is a publicly-traded company, trading as "AU" on the London
Stock Exchange. Autonomy, at one time, also offered shares through
NASDAQ, but this listing has since been terminated, as the company
decided to focus its listing on a single exchange.
Still, you may be able to invest directly in the company by buying
shares on the London exchange.
Autonomy's home page is here:
I've included below some key experpts from their site that describe
their business activities and partnerships:
Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU.) is the leading provider of
enterprise software that enables organizations to automatically
understand and harness information that is critical to their business.
Enterprises of all sizes can automatically unify, manage and utilize
the information stored on their systems and within the workforce to
deliver competitive advantages such as reduced business cycles,
accelerated productivity, and an increase in revenue.
This is achieved through Autonomy's ability to fully automate the
processing of any type of unstructured information, ie. text, audio
and video which, until now, has required manual intervention.
Autonomy is widely recognized as the market leader with best of breed
technology by analysts such as Gartner Group, Forrester Research and
Delphi and has benefited more than 1,000 global companies in both the
public and private sectors. Global customers include Ford, Reuters,
Deutsche Bank, BAE Systems, Sun Microsystems and public sector
agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the U.K.
Houses of Parliament.
Information on their IDOL technology is available at several links, especially:
Autonomy is founded on a unique combination of technologies borne out
of research carried out at Cambridge University. Autonomy's strength
lies in advanced pattern-matching techniques (non-linear adaptive
digital signal processing), rooted in the theories of Bayesian
Inference and Claude Shannon's Principles of Information, that enable
identification of the patterns that naturally occur in text, based on
the usage and frequency of words or terms that correspond to specific
Based on the preponderance of one pattern over another in a piece of
unstructured information, Autonomy enables computers to understand
that there is a particular probability that a document in question is
about a specific subject. In this way, Autonomy is able to extract a
document's digital essence, encode the unique "signature" of the key
concepts, then enable a host of operations to be performed on that
At the heart of Autonomy's software infrastructure lies the IDOL
Server. It serves as a platform for understanding the meaning and
significance of information: additional functionality can be
seamlessly integrated in order to perform advanced operations on that
data. Using this off-the-shelf solution, organizations can quickly
process digital information automatically and communicate with
multiple applications without the need for manual processing or
IDOL Server has an open architecture and is entirely data-agnostic and
scalable, thereby allowing large organizations to manage vast
quantities of information regardless of format or storage location.
Using Autonomy connectors, IDOL integrates information from over 300
different repositories through an understanding of content and access
rights, delivering a real-time environment in which operations across
applications and content are automated, removing all the manual
IDOL Server Overview
Almost all internal operations and processes within an organization
are interconnected; in the same way, technology itself should allow
communication between applications, regardless of the back-end data
sources. Autonomy provides a new layer within the enterprise, the
Intelligent Data Operating Layer Server, making it possible for
organizations to automatically process digital content and allow
applications to communicate with each other.
Their jv with Netcom is described here:
AUTONOMY ANNOUNCES CHINESE JOINT VENTURE WITH CHINA NETCOM BROADBAND
Joint venture with one of China's largest telecoms will bring next
generation technology to rapidly expanding Chinese consumer internet
Cambridge, England - 18 July 2005 - Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU.
or AU.L), a global leader in infrastructure software for the
enterprise, today announced an agreement to form a joint venture with
China Netcom Broadband Corporation Limited ("CNCBB") to bring next
generation technology to the rapidly expanding consumer internet
market. CNCBB is the largest provider of broadband and fixed line
connectivity in Northern China with over 110 million customers or 95%
of the market in an area which includes China's capital, Beijing.
CNCBB is currently part of the China Netcom Group, one of China's
largest telecoms providers, and has entered into an agreement to
receive significant investment from PCCW Limited. The new service will
bring together Autonomy's enterprise retrieval expertise and newly
developed consumer technologies and CNCBB's unmatched reach in the
market. blinkx, the integrated search specialist bringing together the
desktop, Web and TV, will provide branding to the venture.
The site also contains a great deal of information on their business
partners. Autonomy partners with hundreds of other companies, and
there does not appear (to me) to be a single, major partner involved
with technology development. Some of the recent agreements and
collaborations can be seen in their press release archives:
BEA Systems (NASDAQ: BEAS
HEARST NEWSPAPERS' HOUSTON CHRONICLE SELECTS AUTONOMY'S IDOL WITH
RETINA TO POWER ITS WEB SITE
ROYAL AIR FORCE
INTERNET SECURITIES, INC
Their partnership program for inviting new business partners is described here:
Autonomy Partner Program
At Autonomy, we recognize that success is not based on cutting-edge
technology alone, but on leading-edge partners able to deliver
powerful and scalable Autonomy solutions.
The Autonomy Partner program is your direct line to an exclusive
network of value-added resellers, systems integrators, consultants,
application developers and OEMs who can apply their proven expertise
in a variety of industries and business disciplines in solving your
and there are quite a number of interesting-looking case studies at this link:
Customer Case Studies
Autonomy's solution addresses every information issue in modern
business, across all sectors. The following case studies describe the
unique set of challenges faced by each company, and how Autonomy
I did not see any indication that Autonomy has provided search
technology to Scotland Yard. If you can provide a bit more background
on where you came across this statement, I would be happy to look into
I trust this information fully answers your question. However, please
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Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further, and I'm at
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