Monthly Archives: July 2015

Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) as a Silver Bullet, Vol 4: Impact on Society


In our previous posts, we have mainly focused on technical issues, but to do this topic justice, we need to address the social and ethical issues as well.

Trying to predict how the use of BWC technology will impact society and ethics, in general, is very difficult, but we can ask a few questions that can stimulate thought on the subject:

  • When should these cameras be deployed or how invasive should they be permitted to be?
  • Can an individual request the officer to turn off his camera in his own home or should the officer be allowed to overrule that choice if he feels it could provide a benefit in safety for one or both parties?
  • Would that individual be given access to that video? And if so, how will that data sharing take place and how much would it cost?
  • Will the police use of this technology set a social precedent and will we see this technology spread as a result?
  • How will access to all this data change the way we feel about privacy in general?

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Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) as a Silver Bullet, Vol 3: Storage

bodyworn-794100_640If we take volume 2 into account and apply correct scientific post-processing to our BWC footage, we now have usable video evidence but there are some further issues:

  • How will it be stored?
  • How much will that storage cost compare to the cost of not having this evidence?
  • What is the stance police departments will take on data protection and how will society respond to being further surveilled and having that surveillance stored?

This large-scale data collection has huge storage requirements, an example, pre BWC adoption: “In December 2012, IDC and EMC estimated the size of the digital universe (that is, all the digital data created, replicated and consumed in that year) to be 2,837 exabytes (EB) and forecast this to grow to 40,000EB by 2020 — a doubling time of roughly two years. One exabyte equals a thousand petabytes (PB), or a million terabytes (TB), or a billion gigabytes (GB). So by 2020, according to IDC and EMC, the digital universe will amount to over 5,200GB per person on the planet”. (Ref. This is likely to increase as the BWC option becomes more widespread across the globe. Continue reading

Spready joins Amped Software!

This time it’s a really huge announcement… BOOM!

I am very happy to tell you that David Spreadborough, better known in the industry as Spready, has just joined the Amped Software team.

If you follow this blog there is a very good chance you also follow Spready’s blog. He’s a long time expert in forensic video analysis, with over 24 years serving in the UK Police, and a master in the mysterious art of DVR format inspection.

Spready’s main role at Amped will be to work as a certified trainer for our products.

Until now, almost all of our training has been done by me (Martino Jerian, CEO and Founder of the company) and by Stefano Bianchi, who is in charge of technical support. Regarding the US, we have our awesome trainer Jim Hoerricks, which you certainly know, thanks to his popular blog Forensic Multimedia Analysis.

Last year we carried out about 20 training sessions, for a total of about 100 trained users, both at our headquarters in Trieste, Italy, and around the globe. You can easily see how much we needed to empower our staff with a person fully devoted to training.

But this is just the beginning, we expect to do a lot more with Spready! Stay tuned… You know where to find us