Xtract AI, a subsidiary of Patriot One Technologies Inc., has secured a 12-month contract with Canada’s Department of National Defence to adapt its artificial intelligence (AI) innovation platform to provide misinformation and disinformation detection.
The contract was awarded as part of Canada’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.
Xtract AI will deliver a prototype of its artificial intelligence platform to provide the Canadian military with early-warning detection when hostile powers spread deliberately false information about soldiers and officials stationed overseas.
This information will enable Canadian authorities to launch pre-emptive communications and community outreach campaigns designed to counteract the disinformation.
“AI is well suited to this challenge because it can process enormous amounts of online information and help identify when disinformation is being unleashed on a community,” said Justin Granek, vice president of operations at Xtract AI.
“This can provide the actionable insights required to respond quickly and short-circuit the potential damage caused by these campaigns.”
According to Patriot One CEO Peter Evans, the disinformation-detection system leverages the PATSCAN AI innovation platform, and further enhances technology development for Patriot One’s core threat detection systems.
“You can’t effectively secure a physical facility and the people inside unless you also have an online intelligence component, and that’s one of the powerful capabilities of AI,” Evans said.
“That’s why our solution portfolio not only includes technology for detecting weapons and threats outside, at the point of entry, and inside of stadiums, casinos and other facilities; but also online, where planning and threats may occur days or even weeks before an event.
“Gaining insights from online sources and correlating to detect intent, malicious or otherwise, provides a more robust and pre-emptive approach to enhance security for our customers.”