The top technologies the CIA thinks are hot

A quick look at what technologies the Central Intelligence Agency’s investment arm – known as In-Q-Tel—is investing in

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Through the Central Intelligence Agency’s investment firm In-Q-Tel (IQT), here’s what the intelligence gathering group is putting your tax dollars to work for now -- though the actual investment amount is secret.

Cleversafe

Company name: Cleversafe

Location: Chicago

What it does: Its “disperse storage” technology transforms data into secure slices to multiple storage nodes, typically 3 to 4 data centers, with each slice rendered unrecognizable.

when IQT name investment: September 2010

Cloudant

Company name: Cloudant

Location: Boston

What it does: This cloud-based managed service for developers of Web and mobile applications is a “data layer as a service” for loading, storing, analyzing and distributing applications.

When IQT made investment: September 2012

Contour Energy Systems

Company name: Contour Energy Systems

Location: Azusa, Calif.

What it does: This battery company focuses on developing portable-power applications optimized for energy density, reliability and the ability to work in extreme environments.

When IQT made investment: November 2011

Connectify

Company name: Connectify

Location: Philadelphia

What it does: It develops networking software for PC and mobile platforms to give users the ability to perform complex networking tasks at the click of a button.

When IQT made investment: June 2011

D-Wave Systems

Company name: D-Wave Systems

Location: Burnaby, BC

What it does: Its flagship product, D-Wave One, is built around a type of superconductor processor that uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation.

When IQT made investment: September 2012

10gen

Company name: 10gen

Location: New York, N.Y.

What it does: 10gen is the company behind MongoDB, the open-source document-oriented database.

When IQT made investment: June 2012

Apigee

Company name: Apigee

Location: Santa Clara, Calif.

What it does: The cloud-based Apigee Enterprise API platform helps business use, manage and measure APIs and the applications built on them and seeks to reduce complexity of delivering APIs.

Adapx

Company name: Adapx

Location: Seattle

What it does: Its Capturx software for digital pens is used on mobile devices in order to integrate handwritten information into Excel or SharePoint, among other applications including ones used by warfighters with GIS.

When IQT made investment: June 2008

Adaptive Computing

Company name: Adaptive Computing

Location: Provo, Utah

What it does: Private cloud management software for workload management in data centers and the cloud.

When IQT made investment: February 2012

Cloudera

Company name: Cloudera

Location: Palo Alto, Calif

What it does: The Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop is intended for large-scale data storage.

When IQT made investment: December 2010

Digital Reasoning Systems

Company name: Digital Reasoning Systems

Location: Franklin, Tenn.

What it does: The company builds data-analytics software based on natural language to take structured and unstructured data about people, events, and places to make connections about their relationships.

When IQT made investment: December 2010

Delphix

Company name: Delphix

Location: Menlo Park, Calif.

What it does: The Dephix software is used in provisioning, managing and recovering databases for critical applications in the data center.

When IQT made investment: September 2012

GainSpan

Company name: GainSpan

Location: San Jose, Calif.

What it does: manufacturer of semiconductor ships focused on connecting devices wirelessly for ultra-low W-Fi and battery use.

When IQT made investment: March 2009

Imprint Energy

Company name: Imprint Energy

Location: Alameda, Calif.

What it does: Advanced battery technology for its Zinc Poly batteries for mobile, wireless and wearable equipment.

When IQT made investment: June 2012

ikeGPS

Company name: ikeGPS

Location: Wellington, NZ

What it does: laser-camera GPS technology and photogrammetry and 3D modeling software.

When IQT made investment: December 2011

Huddle

Company name: Huddle

Location: London, U.K.

What it does: Its content-collaboration platform lets companies store and share data security in the cloud.

When IQT made investment: June 2012

InnoCentive

Company name: InnoCentive

Location: Waltham, Mass.

What it does: Software-as-a-service for establishing web-based communities that can share information across organizations.

When IQT made investment: March 2010

LensVector

Company name: LensVector

Location: Mountain View, Calif.

What it does: Small, solid-state optical components that work with camera.

When IQT made investment: April 2010

Lime Microsystems

Company name: Lime Microsystems

Location: Guildford, Great Britain

What it does: Semiconductor company specializing in digitally configurable transceivers.

When IQT made investment: March 2012

LingoTek

Company name: LingoTek

Location: Draper, Utah

What it does: Its web-based Collaborative Translation Platform is used for global communications and projects.

When IQT made investment: March 2008

LucidWorks

Company name: LucidWorks

Location: San Mateo, Calif.

What it does: Dedicated to Apache Solr/Lucerne open source development search platforms for enterprise.

When IQT made investment: March 2009

MiserWare

Company name: MiserWare

Location: Blacksburg, Va.

What it does: The firm makes software that reduces energy waste in computers.

When IQT made investment: March 2010

Mersive

Company name: Mersive

Location: Denver

What it does: Visual computing software for high-performance displays and team interaction.

When IQT made investment: February 2012

Mocana

Company name: Mocana

Location: San Francisco

What it does: Mocana's Mobile App Protection is a device-independent security platform for mobile.

When IQT made investment: March 2012

NetBase

Company name: NetBase

Location: Mountain View, Calif.

What it does: content-discovery tool for searching public and private online information.

When IQT made investment: November 2010

Oculis Labs

Company name: Oculis Labs

Location: Hunt Valley, Md.

What it does: Manufacturers products to prevent “shoulder surfing” of computers, track eye movement, and “fuzz out” screens.

When IQT made investment: July 2011

Platfora

Company name: Platfora

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

What it does: Software for “Big Data” that can take existing Hadoop clusters, including Cloudera, MapR and Amazon EMR, to turn questions from users into Hadoop jobs to synthesize information into dashboards and reports.

When IQT made investment: September 2011

Pelican Imaging

Company name: Pelican Imaging

Location: Mountain View, Calif.

What it does: Work on development of new camera technology for smartphones.

When IQT made investment: March 2010

Power Assure

Company name: Power Assure

Location: Santa Clara, Calif.

What it does: Data center and energy management software that provides visibility, analytics and automation related to capacity, service levels and power consumption.

When IQT made investment: August 2011

Recorded Future

Company name: Recorded Future

Location: Cambridge, Mass.

What it does: Developing a “temporal analytics engine” to extract time-related information across the Web and report on what has transpired.

When IQT made investment: January 2010

Redlen Technologies

Company name: Redlen Technologies

Location: Saanichton, BC

What it does: For the security and medical markets, it has a heat-detection technology that can be used in everything from dirty-bomb, cargo containers, security screening, and nuclear medicine and X-ray imaging.

When IQT made investment: March 2013

ReversingLabs

Company name: ReversingLabs

Location: Cambridge, Mass.

What it does: It’s developed a query engine to analyze all unknown binary content to report on “goodware” vs. “malware” files.

When IQT made investment: December 2011

Signal Innovations Group

Company name: Signal Innovations Group

Location: Durham, NC

What it does: Specializes in products for video analysis, including motion tracking.

When IQT made investment: March 2010

SiOnyx

Company name: SiOnyx

Location: Beverly, Mass.

What it does: A patented semiconductor process for development of high-performing photonic devices and advanced digital imaging.

When IQT made investment: July 2012

SitScape

Company name: SitScape

Location: Vienna, Va.

What it does: Situational software for assembling dashboards in minutes based on demand that can combine live Web applications, and other digital assets, such as documents scattered across the enterprise.

When IQT made investment: November 2010

SpotterRF

Company name: SpotterRF

Location: Orem, Utah

What it does: Its Micro Surveillance radar, which fits in the palm of the hand, can be used to protect a position at night to alert for ambush if someone approaches the position.

When IQT made investment: August 2010

RedSeal Networks

Company name: RedSeal Networks

Location: San Mateo, Calif.

What it does: Security posture management software for assessing and strengthening networks and identification of security vulnerabilities.

When IQT made investment: December 2010

Silver Tail Systems

Company name: Silver Tail Systems (acquired by EMC)

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

What it does: fraud detection related to online banking and e-commerce.

When IQT made investment: September 2010

Tenable Network Security

Company name: Tenable Network Security

Location: Columbia, Md.

What it does: Software security vulnerability assessment.

When IQT made investment: July 2012

Teradici

Company name: Teradici

Location: Burnaby, BC

What it does: Its PC-over-IP technology is a remote display technology used to connect PCs over a corporate network.

When IQT made investment: September 2010

ThreatMetrix

Company name: ThreatMetrix

Location: San Jose, Calif.

What it does: Its Cybercrime Defender Platform is used to secure data, prevent browser-based attacks.

When IQT made investment: June 2010

Tyfone

Company name: Tyfone

Location: Portland, Ore.

What it does: Software and hardware security for mobile devices and payment transactions.

When IQT made investment: August 2010

Veracode

Company name: Veracode

Location: Burlington, Mass.

What it does: Cloud-based risk-management platform to analyze flaws in software.

When IQT made investment: June 2008

Visible Technologies

Company name: Visible Technologies

Location: Bellevue, Wash.

What it does: Its Visible Intelligence software and services can be used to gain insight and information related to online social communities.

When IQT made investment: June 2009

Walleye Technologies

Company name: Walleye Technologies

Location: Somerville, Mass.

What it does: Its hand-held portable imaging systems are capable of seeing into and through solid objects.

When IQT made investment: March 2012