IBM has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved the IBM Global Name Scoring software under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 ("SAFETY Act"). Global Name Scoring received both designation as a qualified anti-terrorism technology and certification as an approved product for homeland security. This certification signifies that DHS has determined that the technology will perform as intended, conforms to specifications, and is safe for use as intended. SAFETY Act coverage provides liability protection to sellers of qualifying products and their customers. Global Name Scoring software recognizes and searches names from all major cultures, supporting users who must screen potential threats and perform background checks across multiple geographies and languages.
It can be used for a number of security applications ranging from intelligence gathering and analysis to security screening, and is compliant with the specifications in section 202 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002. Global Name Scoring software improves the accuracy of name searching, transliteration, and the quality of identity verification by providing ranked search results based on the linguistic, phonetic, and specific cultural variation patterns of names. It works from a knowledge base of information focused on the specific culture of a name and utilizes rules associated with that type of name to improve matching and search results.