Monthly Archives: February 2018

Come Meet Us in the UK!

The Amped team will be in the UK next week at these events. Come meet us at the Amped Software booth for a personal demo of our industry-leading products or contact us to set up a one-to-one meeting.

Forensics Europe Expo, Olympia, London

March 6-7

This event provides a definitive source of education, best practice, training, and networking. Essential for any forensics professional, Forensics Europe Expo is the must-attend event to learn about the very latest technology and connect with leading suppliers.

Come see us at Booth 1-D21 and attend our workshops presented by David Spreadborough, our Forensic Expert and International Trainer.

Workshop Schedule:

How to Save Time, Money and Effort when Dealing with the Complex Evidence of Videos and Images

March 6, 15:20 – 15:45, Seminar Theatre

The software that redefined forensic image restoration has evolved into the single, most powerful, application in a Forensic Video Analyst’s toolbox.

From a single image taken on a smartphone, to proprietary video from surveillance systems, Amped FIVE is there to manage, analyse, interpret, restore, enhance, present, disclose and report your visual evidence.

With the new ‘Assistant’ module, teams can create their own dedicated workflows to support and aid tasks, ensuring total compliance with ISO Standard Operating Procedures.

David will lead you through several cases, highlighting how Amped FIVE will save you time, money and effort when dealing with the complex evidence of videos and images.

Trust in an Image Goes Beyond Reading the Metadata

March 7, 14:10 – 14:35, Seminar Theatre

Amped Authenticate is the only application available that integrates every aspect of image authentication into a single, easy to use package.

Trust in an image now goes beyond reading the metadata. To rely on an image in court, the question of authenticity must be asked. Does the data compare with the story being told? Was the image taken by that device? Was it taken at a specific location? Has it been ‘photoshopped’?

The once dark art of image authenticity analysis is unravelled during a walkthrough of the software, highlighting how thousands of images can be analysed, sorted, and then compared to identify inconsistencies, before examining individual images for signs of manipulation.

With the functionality of automated scanning and reporting, you will quickly see why Amped Authenticate is becoming a must-have addition to Forensic Image Units worldwide.

For more info: https://www.forensicseuropeexpo.com/

Security & Policing, Farnborough

March 6-8

This official Government event is a world-class opportunity to meet, network and discuss the latest advances in delivering national security and resilience with UK suppliers, colleagues, and government officials. The event brings together visitors who have specific operational needs with exhibitors who have the relevant solutions, all within a secure environment. The unique three-day event also incorporates live demonstrations and immersive experiences providing the ideal setting for testing and collaborative showcasing.

Come see us at Booth D22 and have a chat with our CEO and Founder, Martino Jerian.

For more info: https://www.securityandpolicing.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Amped Authenticate Update 10641: Social Media Identification, Griffeye Integration & Many New Filter Options

Hi everyone!

David Spreadborough here, the International Trainer at Amped Software. It’s great to be back writing a blog post. The past few months have been very busy at Amped and our image authentication software, Amped Authenticate, has become the ‘go-to’ tool for many requiring an image’s history or to identify signs of manipulation. Helped maybe by the huge amounts of press detailing fake stories and images.

In this crazy world of multimedia forensics, we cannot stand still. The tech wizards at Amped HQ have been hard at work integrating new filters and tools to assist you further. So, let’s dive in and take a look!

Social Media Identification Filter

Under the File Analysis category, you will find this new filter.

Its purpose is to detect traces in the file formats left on images by social media platforms. As most of you probably already know, it is very easy to save other people’s images from sharing sites. With a simple right-click, you can save the displayed image to your computer.

An image from someone’s Facebook timeline

This filter now enables you to identify if the images you are examining originate from a Social Media Platform.

Continue reading

Fraud in Science: the Bigger Picture

Cases of fraud within published scientific research are on the rise, with several recent cases involving the falsification of images.

Scientists are subjected to exactly the same pressures and temptations that drive people to commit fraud in all manner of environments and for various reasons. Sometimes the motivation is commercial; perhaps to obtain a research grant or to enhance the profile of the institution and attract more applications. In others it might be professional; to get published in a prestigious Journal or simply to save face after an experiment has failed to deliver the desired
results.

Regardless of the justification, when these actions have legal consequences it is important to have the tools to detect when such fraud occurs. And more importantly to have the ability
to scientifically prove this in a court of law.

Multimedia forensics is invaluable within cases of research fraud, both for presenting a case or defending the accused. However, it’s not good enough to simply bring in an expert witness and have them confidently present their case. Tools exist to carry out the analysis in line with the scientific methodology, giving the judge and in some cases the jury, a basis upon which to evaluate the full weight of the evidence. Consider it ironic, but if the right software is adopted within the legal system then the scientific method may just prove to be the answer to the current crisis facing scientific integrity.

Read the full article published in The Barrister.

Amped DVRConv for transcription?

In our most recent update of Amped DVRConv, we added the ability to separate the audio and video streams in your DME files – to save the audio as a separate file. For some, this functionality went unnoticed. For others, it was a huge deal.

Two very specific use cases required this functionality. You asked. We delivered.

Case #1 – Child Exploitation/Human Trafficking

Agencies responsible for investigating cases of child exploitation/human trafficking were spending a lot of time redacting video files (blurring faces and other sensitive information) in order to send files off for audio transcription. The distribution of files in child exploitation cases (files that can be considered child pornography) for transcription is now made a lot easier with DVRConv. All of the evidentiary videos can be loaded into the tool and processed without having to view the footage. DVRConv helps to dramatically speed up the process of getting files to transcription whilst protecting identities and shielding staff from the harmful psychological and legal effects of viewing/distributing such material.

Case #2 – Police Generated Video

Agencies that have deployed body worn/vehicle-based cameras or have interview room recorders often have to send the resulting video files to outside companies for transcription. Like the case above, they are faced with having to redact the visual information prior to releasing the files to their contractor. Even if the agency has chosen a CJIS compliant transcription contractor, they may have agency policies that require the redaction of the visual information prior to release. DVRConv eliminates the need to perform a visual redaction ahead of such a release of files. Having this ability is already saving agencies a tremendous amount of time/money.

Users of DVRConv do not require specialized training. The tool can be used by anyone. It’s drag-drop easy. Plus, the settings can be configured so that the resulting audio file meets the requirements of your transcription vendor.

If you’d like to know more about Amped DVRConv, or any of our other Amped Software products and training options, contact us today.