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In Case You Missed It: See What Happened in 2019!

2019 was a very busy and exciting year for Amped Software! We set up a new business entity in the USA and have an entirely new team there. We launched Amped Replay, a new product for investigators. And products continued to evolve with numerous updates. Learn all about this and more in this 2019 Year in Review post.

In January we launched our Tip Tuesday blog series full of tips and tricks to help our users get the most out of the Amped solutions they already own or have on their wish list! You can find all of these tips on our blog here. We’ll be adding more in 2020, so remember to subscribe to get these directly into your inbox.

Quite a big and important change happened in February. We established a new business entity and a new team in the USA to better serve our customers in North America. The new business entity is called Amped Software USA Inc. and is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is a fully owned subsidiary of Amped SRL, the Italian headquarters. Our goal is to now work more closely with our customers in the USA and Canada and to offer them the level of professionalism and consistency that we at Amped Software have tried to foster throughout the world. So, for all software sales and training in North America, please remember to contact us through the new business entity above.

In February we also released Amped FIVE 12727 which included Timeline, Multiview, HEIC support and more. Read more about this update here and watch the video to see the new features in action.

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Upcoming Amped Software Training: Book Your Seat Now for 2020!

Official Amped Software training courses for 2020, delivered worldwide, are already filling up! Book your seat now to guarantee your attendance at one of the upcoming classes – we will be adding more dates and locations soon!

Please note that official Amped Software training courses are only those listed on our website and conducted by Amped Software personnel. We do not endorse or certify other people or companies to perform training on our products.

We provide the following courses in the USA, Canada, Italy and at customer premises worldwide:

Forensic Image and Video Enhancement with Amped FIVE

This course is recommended for users who recently purchased Amped FIVE and for those who want to gain hands-on experience from Amped officials trainers. Students will learn the fundamentals of image and video analysis and the issues faced when using digital multimedia evidence in investigations. The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on with many practical exercises to solve real or simulated cases using Amped FIVE. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly analyze and process images and videos with a workflow compatible with forensic needs and constraints.

Amped FIVE Additions

This is a new and evolving course designed for analysts previously trained in Amped FIVE. Due to the speed of development at Amped Software, it has been identified that within 12 – 18 months, a user may require a ‘top-up’ to their training. This is a refresher course that allows users to better understand the newly released filters and functionalities of Amped FIVE to ensure the correct interpretation of data and learn to use the new tools to their full advantage. During the course, we look at advanced techniques and concepts for some of the original filters, such as aspect ratio correction and photogrammetry. In addition, we also look at particular cases and discuss, view and analyze challenges faced in forensic image and video analysis. The course is designed on a modular system, allowing a bespoke personalized schedule dependent on when the original training was received.

Forensic Image Analysis with Amped Authenticate

This course is recommended for users who recently purchased Amped Authenticate and for those who want to acquire training in the techniques necessary to perform authentication analysis on digital images in a forensic science setting as well as to package, deliver, and present those findings in court. The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to properly analyze digital images with a workflow compatible with forensic needs and constraints.

Contact us today for more information about our training offerings and scheduled classes.

Join the Amped Replay Webinar: Giving Police Investigators the Proper Video Tools to Close More Cases

Join us for an Amped Replay webinar, where Amped Software’s trainer Blake Sawyer will walk you through a session of case examples on how police officers around the world are seeing the benefits of Amped Replay in their case workflows to progress with their investigations.

What you will learn in this webinar:

  • How police investigators can quickly convert and play videos from proprietary CCTV/DVR formats, body worn, dash cam, mobile phones, covert video, drones and social media
  • How quick and easy it is to export still images and video clips
  • How to generate a scientific report that is easy to understand
  • How to redact and annotate images to send to the media for identification or public appeals
  • How providing officers with the proper tools can reduce delays in investigations and cut down backlogs in the video units

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM CET (9:00 AM EST)
Presenter: Blake Sawyer

REGISTER NOW!

Let’s Meet at Milipol Paris

Bonjour!

From 19-22 November Amped Software will be exhibiting at Milipol Paris 2019 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Visit the Amped team in Hall 5 Aisle H Booth 191 for live demos of our newest product, Amped Replay, a universal player and converter for proprietary and standard video files, with basic enhancement, annotation and redaction functions, designed for police investigators, detectives, frontline officers and first responders. Also, come and see why Amped FIVE, Amped Authenticate and Amped DVRConv are the solutions of choice for digital and video forensic labs worldwide, and learn about the latest features added to these solutions.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss how Amped solutions can assist your organization with all investigations, starting from the field, up to the forensic lab, and then to the courtroom, contact us at info@ampedsoftware.com.

Milipol Paris is the leading event dedicated to homeland security and safety, organized under the auspices of the French Ministry of Interior in partnership with several governmental bodies. It provides the perfect forum for presenting the latest technological innovations in the area, effectively meeting the needs of the sector as a whole and also addressing current threats and dangers. 1,100 exhibitors, over 30,000 visitors from 150+ countries and 170 official delegations are expected.

For more information about Milipol Paris and to register click here.

Amped Software welcomes all customers and partners to visit us at Milipol Paris.

À bientôt!

If in Madrid, Come See Amped at the Fife’19 Event

On Tuesday, November 5, Team Amped is heading to Madrid, Spain to the Feria de Informática Forense en España (Fife´19) event organized by our partner OnRetrieval.

A full agenda is expected with numerous presentations and demos by many leading forensic manufacturers and experts in addition to networking opportunities to meet with local police investigators.

Don’t miss Amped Software’s presentation in the main auditorium and demo session:

12:30 – 13:15 H
Evidencias de imagen y vídeo, de la calle al juzgado. Investigaciones rápidas y seguras a todos los niveles
Presented by Amped Software Trainer,  D. Abel Baños 

13:30 -14:00 H
Amped Software Demo

For more information visit: https://onretrieval.com/fife-2019/

Amped Software Continues to Be One of EMEA’s Fastest-Growing Technology Companies

We are so proud to announce that Amped Software has once again been recognized as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), ranking for the second year on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500.

“I am really satisfied with the results achieved again this year in Technology Fast 500 EMEA. It would be difficult to continue to maintain high growth rates for a long time without revitalizing, and for that reason, this year we decided to expand in two different directions,” states Martino Jerian, Founder and CEO of Amped Software. “At the corporate level, we opened a new office in the United States to better meet the needs of the North American market and to have a stronger and more direct presence. We also expanded our product offerings with a new software solution aimed at a wider market. Up until last year we were completely and exclusively focused on the needs of the specialized forensic labs, but this year we launched Amped Replay, which now makes our technology accessible to frontline police officers and investigators, enabling them to deal with video evidence easier and faster. I want to thank again this year my entire team, that is continually growing, and that made all this possible.”

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ EMEA program is an objective industry ranking that recognizes the fastest-growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) during the past four years. The program is supported by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 initiatives, which rank high-growth technology companies by location or specifically defined geographic area. The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 program includes regional rankings for North America, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA. More information on the program is available at www.deloitte.com/fast500emea

Amped Catches up with Long-Time User Blaine Davison from the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department

We really enjoy hearing from our users. We want to learn about your challenges so that we can try to help you find solutions for those challenges, and we really like getting to know you on a more personal level, learning about your interests and hobbies. If you want to share your story with us, get in touch!


Blaine Davison, from the Norman PD, has been an enthusiastic user for many years. As a former President and board member of LEVA, he strove to advance the science and practice of video forensics for all of North America. Colleagues in the forensics community have often mentioned his name, referring to him as someone who is able to get really amazing results on hard cases with Amped FIVE. He’s one of those users who is able to take advantage of the full workflow of Amped FIVE: from conversion of video formats, to enhancement, analysis, and presentation.

Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder

Blaine, tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background and your current role at the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department?

I’m currently a Detective, Forensic Video Analyst and Digital Evidence Administrator for the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department. I originally studied Communications and Technical Journalism while at University and worked for a year as a reporter for the ABC affiliate station in Rapid City, South Dakota after graduating. I then relocated to Oklahoma and started working “temporarily” as a 911 Operator for the local Sheriff’s Department thinking at some point, I would resume working in television news. I’m proud to say that “temporary” position turned into a twenty-five-year law enforcement career.

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Chicago Police Relies on Amped FIVE to Solve More Crimes

Police worldwide are increasingly relying on digital information from various sources to help solve crimes, including security videos. In order to improve the safety of their citizens, the Chicago Police Department has opened two new Tech Centers that include several tools, including Amped Software products, to help fight crime.

Surveillance video can be one of the more impactful forms of evidence and oftentimes the only source of evidence in a case. It’s the first port of call for any investigator building a case. Time is often crucial and the quicker a detective can obtain and view footage the better.

With Amped FIVE, Chicago Police officers were able to analyze and process surveillance video from around a crime scene to help speed up the process of capturing the suspects. With FIVE they are able to improve the exposure of a video to get a better view of a vehicle in that video and with the 100+ filters available in one complete software package, they are able to restore the image in order to identify the vehicle model and the license plate.

“They went out and they processed every video,” Bureau of Detectives Chief Melissa Staples said. “They were able to play it and download it and review it. If it were not for the video and the license plate readers that our department has, we would not have gotten to where we were as quickly as we did with an arrest in that case.”



Click here to learn more about the new Area Tech Centers.

Contact us to learn more about our full line of solutions that have been developed to assist an entire organization with all investigations, starting from the field, up to the forensic lab, and then to the courtroom.

Come meet us at the IAI International Educational Conference in Reno

We are happy to announce that Amped Software will be presenting and exhibiting at the IAI International Educational Conference, taking place from Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Peppermill Resort and Conference Center, in Reno, Nevada, USA.

The IAI Conference is the largest organized event in the world that provides a full week of high quality, cutting edge education and hands-on training in forensic physical evidence examination and crime scene processing.

You will be able to join lectures on the latest technology, techniques, and research, sign up for limited space hands-on workshops to practice basic to advanced skills, and attend meetings and panels that provide an opportunity to discuss the latest professional topics and developments. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a full week of professional, scientific and technical lectures in the disciplines of Biometric, Bloodstain Pattern, Crime Scene, Digital, Facial Identification, Footwear and Tire Track, Forensic Art, Photography, DNA, Ten Print and Latent Print Evidence.

The IAI Conference is the best place for experts in these fields to stay up to date on the latest techniques, technologies, and issues in forensic science, and to learn more about quality assurance, standards developments, and the most comprehensive forensic certification program in the world.

Come see us at Booth 521 to learn about Amped Software’s latest technology for your forensic image and video analysis needs.

And don’t miss the following presentations from Amped Software’s Blake Sawyer, Technical Sales, Support and Training for North America.

W043 – Using FFmpeg for video playback and analysis
Friday, August 16
10:00 AM 

W047 – Digital video files under a microscope: Understanding the binary composition of digital video file formats
Thursday, August 15
8:00 AM

For more info and to register click here.