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Amped has a chat with Mario Ruiz Mateos from the Criminalistic Service in the Spanish Guardia Civil

We love learning about our users. We like to hear your views about the world of image and video forensics, what your challenges are, and also discovering your personal interests and hobbies. If you want to share your story, contact us for a chat!

Mario Ruiz Mateos, from the Spanish Guardia Civil, has been our user for many years and is probably our very first user in Spain. He’s a very skilled and enthusiastic user of Amped FIVE and a good friend who over the years has contributed with his ideas and feedback to the continuous improvement of the software. I’ve enjoyed his company in several training sessions and conferences in Madrid and other places… and also some nice evenings after the training sessions.


Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder

Mario, tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background and your current role at the Criminalistic Service in the Spanish Guardia Civil?

I am the Manager of the Forensic Image Area, one of the four areas of the Engineering Department of the Criminalistic Service of the Guardia Civil. I have been performing this duty since 2013 although I have been working in the Forensic Image Area since 2003, first as an Expert and then as Technical Director. During this time, I have been drafting expert reports and technical documents related to image and video enhancement and authentication cases, answering requests made by our investigation units and testifying in courts, here in Spain and, from time to time, in some international cases.

I joined the Guardia Civil when I was seventeen, willing to help and serve, but I soon realized that if I wanted to make a real contribution I would need to study and get some training. So I graduated with a Degree in Computing Sciences and then I continued my studies to earn a Master Degree in Forensic Sciences.

What made you decide to enter the field of multimedia forensics?

When I was in my first year of University, my unit got a call from the Engineering Dept and, since the requirements were mostly knowledge on computing, I thought that it was a good opportunity to develop my career in something really interesting. At that time, I was mostly doing static surveillance, where I could not perform any technical skill.

In my first year in the Dept. I mostly trained and worked in the forensic audio field, but since the image forensic group needed reinforcement, the Manager of the Dept. finally decided that my knowledge could be valuable to boost the development in that territory.

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See you at the Digital Investigations Conference in Vienna

On March 20, the Amped team is heading to Vienna, Austria for the DIC (Digital Investigations Conference).

The conference is a platform for computer forensics experts and vendors, partners and sponsors working in the areas of Digital Investigations and E-Discovery. It offers independent lectures and workshops to develop technical skills and to learn more about software and hardware solutions in the market. The event will focus on law enforcement, government and military, businesses, law firms, consultants and academic organizations.

Come by our booth to learn about Amped Software’s 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.

And don’t miss our presentation scheduled from 11:45-12:30 in Lecture Hall 50 where you will learn more about Amped Software’s Ecosystem for Forensic Image and Video Analysis.

For more info about the event click here.

See you there!

See you at Forensics Europe Expo in London – where great things are going to happen!

From Tuesday, March 5th – Wednesday, March 6th Amped will be at Forensics Europe Expo in Olympia, London.

Forensics Europe Expo is dedicated to forensic science and is a primary meeting place for thousands of senior buyers looking to source the latest technological innovations on the market.

Following 6 successful years, the 7th edition will – for the first time – take place on the same show floor as Security & Counter Terror Expo at Olympia, London. As part of UK Security Week, Forensics Europe Expo will connect together the industry’s entire supply chain and provide an all-in-one platform to engage with the most senior decision makers and procurement specialists. 

Attracting 1,500+ international forensics professionals from the Government, Law Enforcement, Laboratories, Private Sector, Military, Legal Sector, Universities and Intelligence Sector, Forensics Europe Expo 2019 will continue to be the most important forum of discussion and debate for the global forensics community.

If you are at the event, or in the area, don’t forget to stop by the Amped Software Stand FE227 to see what we’ve been developing for the security and forensics community!

I look forward to meeting you there!

Introducing our New Tip Tuesday Series

Happy New Year – this is our first post of 2019!

We are present in many industry and partner events worldwide, but unfortunately, we can’t always meet our global customers face to face to show you how to get the most out of your Amped solutions. So we’ve created a new blog series called Tip Tuesday (#ampedtiptuesday). We hope this year will be full of useful tips and tricks for all our solutions.

We will teach you things in Amped FIVE like how to organize and customize the panels, how to use the Assistant, how to use the concatenation in Covert DVR, and the Screen Capture tool.

For Amped Authenticate, you will learn about differences between Clones Blocks and Clones Keypoints, how to find reference images for your case, how to use PRNU on images gathered from social media, and how some minor metadata may tell more than it seems.

And much much more!

If you have suggestions for things you would like to learn about, send them our way!

Our first tip will be published next Tuesday – don’t miss it!

The International Meeting of Criminology and Criminalistics

The Forensics Meeting is an international event dedicated to the various areas of forensic science, organized by the Institute of Forensic Sciences (ISF: Istituto di Scienze Forensi) in collaboration with the National Association of Criminologists and Criminalists (Associazione Nazionale Criminologi e Criminalisti).

The event will be held on November 9-10, 2018 in Milan, Italy, and is open to professionals, professors, and researchers working in the field who want to deepen their knowledge and get updates on the latest news and connect with international experts and companies.

Martino Jerian, CEO and Founder of Amped Software, will explain some of the potential problems when investigating image and video evidence and how to solve some technical issues in various potential scenarios related to CCTV and images.
Martino’s presentation entitled Forensic Video Analysis will be on Friday, November 9 from 15:15-16:00. 

For more info and to register visit: https://www.forensicsmeeting.com/

LEVA 2018 Annual Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium

LEVA’s 29th annual video and audio evidence symposium will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from November 5-9. This annual training symposium provides valuable workshops and lectures to elevate skills set and offers great networking opportunities. LEVA will direct its attention towards addressing critical issues for those involved in the retrieval, processing and presenting in court all types of digital multimedia evidence.

Visit Amped Software during the vendor day on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 am – 5 pm to see first hand why Amped Software products are now the global leading forensic image and video solutions for law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Also, don’t miss the Amped FIVE workshop entitled: One Tool…Amped FIVE…Countless Possibilities! presented by David Spreadborough, Amped’s International Trainer.

Over the last few years, Amped FIVE has fast become an indispensable weapon in the FVA arsenal. It doesn’t matter if you are a daily user, or have never used it at all; if you’re interested in the latest developments on decoding, workflow, restoration, enhancement, comparison, and presentation – this workshop is for you! See how using FIVE can expedite your investigations, using a scientific methodology to get results – fast!

The workshop is divided into two parts: 
Part 1 on Thursday, November 8, from 8 am – 5 pm
Part 2 on Friday, November 9, from 8 am – 5 pm 

Established in 1989, LEVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to provide advanced training and certification in the science of forensic video analysis. LEVA serves as a key resource providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange.

For more info visit: https://leva.org/index.php/training/training-conference

The value of forensic science: safer, healthier, wealthier and happier communities

The value of forensic science: safer, healthier, wealthier and happier communities – that is the title of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences conference for this year. Taking place on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November at The Park Inn by Radisson, Northampton.

The aim of this year’s conference is to celebrate the contribution forensic science makes to society. This may begin with saving costs and time in criminal investigations – if not being indispensable to solving them. It may relate to the social and economic benefits of crime reduction and prevention by rapid and reliable detection, or – for example – to the social and economic benefits of identifying, sanctioning or supporting offenders with drug or mental health problems. It may relate to the role forensic science plays in detecting terrorist-related, financial or organised crime, or crime affecting the food supply or environment. It may relate to crime arising from human rights abuses or to the detection of miscarriages of justice, which demonstrate the role forensic science plays in underpinning the rule of law in a free society – at home and abroad.

The conference will offer presentations on novel advances and applications in forensic science, on successful contributions to casework, and on practices and procedures that maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of forensic science – especially in holistic approaches to crime reduction and prevention. The Conference will also include sessions on forensic science’s role in organised crime and counter-terrorism, cybercrime, and humanitarian investigations, and illustrating the central role of forensic science in preventing, as well as elucidating miscarriages of justice.

David Spreadborough, CFVA and Amped Software International Trainer, will be speaking at this event, about the importance of forensic methodology when analyzing CCTV, video and images. His keynote presentation will be on Thursday, from 14:10-14:50 in the Kent Suite. 

For more info visit: http://www.csofs.org/Events/The-Value-of-Forensic-Science/46749