Monthly Archives: June 2015

Amped FIVE Update: A Lot of User Interface Improvements

We have just released the latest update to Amped FIVE (build 7042).

This is primarily a bug fix and user interface improvement release, but we have some new welcome additions too.

First of all, there was one small issue that a few of our users asked to improve. Whenever closing the program or the current project, the software was asking if it was needed to save or discard the current project in a way which was a bit unconventional, sometimes confusing the users and making them click on the wrong choice.

This is an example of the old style dialog, up to the previous version:old-style-dialog

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Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) as a Silver Bullet, Vol 2: Quality

Volume 2 in our series on Body Worn Cameras.

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Let’s go through a thought experiment: we are a police officer about to enter into the pursuit of a suspect. Fortunately, in some cases we may not need to manually turn on our BWC because it has been programmed to do so upon sensing movement and other triggers. We begin running after the suspect and when we are close enough to the suspect we draw our service weapon and begin the process of arresting them.

Okay, how would this video look when viewed in court? First of all the video will be very shaky and due to the rolling shutter effect possibly distorted. “Rolling shutter is a method of image capture in which … each frame of a video (in a video camera) is captured not by taking a snapshot of the entire scene at single instant in time but rather by scanning across the scene rapidly, either vertically or horizontally. In other words, not all parts of the image of the scene are recorded at exactly the same instant”

 

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Amped Authenticate Update: Improved Clones Blocks Visualization

We just released an update to Amped Authenticate. It contains several improvements in the performance and visualization of the Clones Blocks filter, which is a very powerful tool to detect cloned areas in an image.

First of all, now different cloned areas will be marked in different colors, which will make life easier for the analyst to detect different manipulations.

Let’s take this picture, for example. Without scrolling down, are you able to identify what’s wrong?

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S-FIVE International Workshop

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Amped Software will be participating at the S-FIVE International Workshop on June 15-18, in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop is aimed at bringing together various parties that are active in the field of Forensic Image and Video Enhancement: forensic scientists, investigators, academic researchers, companies, etc. to discuss the results obtained from in-depth surveys about experts’ practices and the Collaborative Exercise which was dedicated to testing different tools and methodologies on some common set data.

The S-FIVE project is a project funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme; European Commission – Directorate-General Home Affairs, through the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Monopoly 2011 programme “Improving Forensic Methodologies across Europe” (IFMAE).

It is an interesting project which aims to define guidelines for image and video enhancement in the forensic community and will study various issues related to the Standardisation of Forensic Image and Video Enhancement (S-FIVE). The main focus of the project is oriented towards techniques that are used for improving the quality of surveillance video data and other types of images that portray persons and objects at the macroscopic level.

Amped Software will present our findings as well as be on-site for product demonstrations.

For more details visit:
https://www.s-five.eu/mediawiki/index.php/Workshop
https://www.s-five.eu/mediawiki/index.php/About_Project_S-Five 
https://www.s-five.eu/mediawiki/index.php/News_and_Upcoming_Events