What’s new in Siren Platform 10.5

The following feature enhancements are available in Siren Platform version 10.5:

Product compatibility

Introducing compatibility with Elasticsearch version 7.x. You can use Siren Investigate with the latest version of Elasticsearch that is supported by the Siren Federate plug-in.

Improved performance

  • To improve system performance, the Web app bundle size is reduced and Siren Platform now employs more efficient dashboard rendering. This enhancement speeds up a typical dashboard-switching scenario by several seconds.

  • New ability to set limits on searches, which prompts the user with a warning before they configure large joins or set broad filters.

  • Back-end performance improvements for large, multi-index, multi-shard settings.

New look interface

The user interface has a new look, which provides a more cohesive experience as you navigate the modules.

New core features

  • Web services: You can now dynamically retrieve data from external APIs. This data can be stored in Elasticsearch and relationally linked to your existing data. Siren Platform includes examples of commonly-used Web services, such as Webhose, JsonWhois, and Twitter. Additionally, follow our documentation to create your own Web service driver for other APIs. Web services can form part of your graph scripts, dashboard scripts, alerting scripts, or your new visual components. Learn more.

  • Scripting API: You can now automate workflows and create ad-hoc visualizations by using a layer of scriptable JavaScript. Learn more.

  • Natural Language Processing (beta): The Siren NLP plug-in provides an out-of-the-box Elasticsearch ingestion pipeline with a variety of processors for enriching documents with entity extraction. It can enrich text fields with predefined taxonomies and annotation for named entities, such as organization, person, or location.

  • JDBC/ODBC drivers: In collaboration with CDATA, a featured SQL driver is now available for Siren Platform. The drivers allow custom data exports for use in scripts and integrations. Learn more.

Updates to maps

  • Loading map layers from Elasticsearch: The Enhanced Coordinate Map visualization now allows you to load map references that are stored in Elasticsearch indexes into pre-defined spatial groups. You can add multiple layers of shapes and points of interest (POI), set properties for each layer, and arrange and activate them, dynamically, at the dashboard level. Learn more.

  • Siren supports advanced positioning use cases, by making the following enhancements:

    • The Graph Browser can now be used as a “tracker map” to track the movements of entities, both historically and by using live updates.

    • Example scripts are provided to trace contact between individuals. Other proximity use cases are available in the dashboards.

Updates to graphs

  • A new Cards tab is available in the Graph Browser. Graph cards are selection-dependent visualizations that can be configured for many purposes. When you select nodes, the out-of-the-box cards display a neat summary of specific field values and allow you to quickly select a subset. Learn more.

  • Numbers in the graph now change instantly as you change the relations that are active in the sidebar. Numbers can also be easily refreshed.

  • A new common communicator graph algorithm allows you to find nodes that act as communicators between 3 or more other nodes. Learn more.

Updates to alerts

Improvements to versioning, configuration, and editing.