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Treviso Forensic – a Forensic Engineering Technical Seminar

Come out to the Treviso Forensic seminar to learn from Amped’s CEO, Martino Jerian, on how to analyze, enhance and authenticate images and videos during investigations. Amped will present during the Digital Forensic “e-crime” session on September 27 from 16:10-18:00 in Sala Doge

Treviso Forensic 2018 is the second technical seminar on Forensic Engineering, following the success of the first edition held in September 2016, which saw the participation of more than 600 professionals. The event is scheduled from 26th to 28th of September, 2018 in the stunning location of Villa Braida, Mogliano Veneto, Treviso.

Treviso Forensic is a technical meeting both for professionals who want to learn the basics of the discipline as well as for professionals with vast experience in the field, who want to learn more about the advances of Forensic Engineering.

To learn more about the event: https://trevisoforensic.it/en/929-2/

An exciting first Amped User Day event

Thank you to all the users who spent the day with us in beautiful Bled, Slovenia on Friday, September 21.

We learned a lot from you, and hope you learned from us too! And we hope you also had some fun — we sure did!

A special thank you goes to our users Mario Ruiz Mateos from the Criminalistic Service –  Spanish Guardia Civil, and Tomislav Prijanovič from the National Forensic Laboratory, Slovenia for sharing their interesting cases with us.

See you at our next event!

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Showcasing our latest technology at Modern Day Marine

Visit Amped Software at Booth 1002 at the Modern Day Marine event from September 25-27 at MCB Quantico, Virginia, USA.

Modern Day Marine is co-sponsored by Marine Corps Base, Quantico, the Exposition’s home base. MCB Quantico, home to the Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command, is responsible for setting requirements, developing equipment and systems and purchasing the equipment and systems that the Marine Corps will rely on in the years to come. These vital and unique functions play a large part in positioning Modern Day Marine as the premier military equipment, systems, services and technology exposition. There will be 300+ companies, product demonstrations and industry briefings covering the latest in emerging military equipment, vehicles, technology and training systems.

For more info: https://www.marinemilitaryexpos.com/modern-day-marine/attendee-information/

Come see us in Germany at the FT-Day event

Our autumn road trip continues as Team Amped travels to the FT-Day (Forensic Technology Day) event held in Karlsruhe, Germany from September 25-26. This event, organized by MH Service GmbH, provides an opportunity for experts, investigators, companies and government agencies to meet and discuss trends, developments, and challenges within the IT-forensic industry.

Come meet our newest Team Amped member, Lucy Carey-Shields, as she presents two presentations:

September 25, 10:40-11:10
Advances in Forensic Video Enhancement: What’s new in Amped FIVE

September 25, 14:25-14:55
Advances in Photo Forensics: What’s new in Amped Authenticate

For more info: http://ft-day.de/en/

Bis bald!

We are just days away from our User Day in Bled Slovenia

Team Amped is getting all packed and ready to go to Bled, Slovenia for our first ever Amped User Day event! On Friday, September 21, Amped users will meet the team behind the Amped Software products, exchange ideas, ask questions, discuss product improvements and meet other expert Amped users from around the world.

If you have not registered yet, and just happen to be in the area, contact us to see if we have some last-minute seats available for you.

For more information about our event: https://ampedsoftware.com/amped-user-day-2018

We are so Amped up to see you!

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Amped at HLS in Indonesia

Together with our partner Omni Integer we are participating in the Homeland Security (HLS) Indonesia event from 19-20 September at the Jakarta Convention Center.

This is an exciting new conference and exhibition covering the full spectrum of homeland security and law enforcement. HLS Indonesia 2018 is projected to attract at least 60 leading exhibitors plus 3000 trade visitors, offering an unparalleled trade and networking platform for the industry to meet officials from the nation’s key security, police, and paramilitary agencies and address their challenges and requirements.

Stop by Booth 312 to see what’s new with Amped Software!

For more info visit: https://www.hlsindonesia.com/

CCTV appeals: Don’t underestimate the importance of image quality

‘Caught on CCTV’ — how many times do we read or hear those words?

With cities worldwide sitting under the gaze of millions of public and private cameras, it is no wonder that in many cases, the best chances of identifying an offender starts with the image caught on CCTV.

But, the simple task of getting an image can sometimes be a challenge so it is no wonder that people look at the shortcut and simply take a picture of the CCTV monitor with their phone. It’s quick, simple and you immediately have an image.

This is great when recognition is time critical. The image of the ‘man in the hat’, the 2016 Belgium terror suspect, was first released after a snap of a CCTV screen. Then, a few days later, the forensically acquired evidential images were released.

When something is not time critical, then the correct acquisition of the original video will help immensely in any integrity or authentication issue. Not only that, but if any restoration or enhancement is required, then you will have a much better chance of image recovery.

Faces and vehicle licence plates are often requested for recovery. They have two matching characteristics – high detail. It is these high details that are lost when a piece of CCTV is captured incorrectly, snapped from a PC screen, re-recorded with the analogue video output, or obtained any other way that changes the original digital structure.

An added problem with some of these processes is that small details can change shape and become blended together. Letters and numbers on licence plates start to look like other digits.

It can be frustrating to use multiple pieces of software with a need to ensure no loss of quality during every stage. This obviously adds extra and unnecessary time to the workflow. Time that is extremely valuable in today’s policing environment.

A by-product of using Amped FIVE, the ‘all-in-one’ solution, is that investigative decisions can be actioned much faster. “Am I going to get something from that?” If the answer is no, then it’s time to move on. Spend the time on what is achievable and negate the impossible.

If there was not a correct acquisition of this original video, it may not have been possible to enhance the dark image to recover the details of the vehicle and license plate.

Licence plates usually stay within the policing world but faces, clothing configurations, and tattoos regularly end up in the press, social media, and within online galleries for recognition.

Therefore, it’s worth taking a bit of time with these to ensure the highest possible chance of some good intelligence. It can also avoid some embarrassment – reading through public comments on a few sites makes for painful reading due to the image posted being so bad!

Read the full article originally posted on Police Oracle.

When in Rome….go to the Digital Forensics & Investigations Conference

“Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.” Excerpt taken from here.

But there’s more to see and do in Rome than what the travel guides tell you! If you are visiting this magical city, remember to stop by the Digital Forensics & Investigations Conference 2018 from June 26-27, where Amped’s CEO and Founder, Martino Jerian, will present a series of presentations and workshops for the experts and non-experts in image and video forensics.

The Amped Software sessions include:

Miglioramento di Immagini e Filmati in Ambito Forense
June 26, 15:30 – 16:00, Sala Garden

Autenticazione di Immagini e Riconoscimento della Fotocamera
June 27, 11:00 – 11:30, Sala Segreteria

Introduzione al Miglioramento di Immagini e Filmati con Amped FIVE
June 27, 16:00 – 17:00, Sala Umanesimo – Laboratorio Pratico

Click here to find out more, and to register!

A presto!

A Lucky, Happy User!

Amped Software was one of the main sponsors of this year’s Ontario Forensic Video Analysts Association Training Conference (www.OFVAA.com) held in Niagara Falls, Canada, where 30 analysts from Canada, the US, and the UK attended.

Given the outstanding relationship Amped Software has with the OFVAA, we decided to do something exceptional this year and provided an Amped license for a draw during the event.

Michael (Mick) Green, from North Wales Police in the UK, was the lucky winner.

Mick paid for the travel and training himself, to gain insight into the techniques used to establish suspect height ranges as this is an important part of his daily work.

A few days ago, our international trainer, David Spreadborough, attended North Wales Police to deliver the software and give Mick a few tips on its use.

We hope you enjoy using Amped Mick! And we look forward to seeing you soon on a training course to get hands-on training on the use of our products as well as get some insights into the challenges users face in forensic video and digital multimedia evidence processing.

Now it’s time to go get your evidence Amped!

Supporting (Little) Women in Tech

Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician, is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. Ada Lovelace’s contributions to the field of computer science were not discovered until the 1950s. Her notes were reintroduced to the world by B.V. Bowden, who republished them in Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines in 1953. Since then, Ada has received many posthumous honors for her work. In 1980, the U.S. Department of Defense named a newly developed computer language “Ada,” after Lovelace.

Read her full biography here https://www.biography.com/people/ada-lovelace-20825323

In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without programming languages or tools (for none existed)—only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they remained invisible.

For more info read here: http://eniacprogrammers.org/

Yet, according to research, women make up a very small percentage of today’s software developers and leaders in the tech sector.

To help raise awareness of the low number of females in this industry and to encourage more women, starting at a young age, to enter the tech world, Amped Software is supporting a local project entitled “Piccole Donne del Coding” (Little Women of Code) to teach very young women, from age 5-7, to develop skills in computational thinking, using logic to solve problems unplugged – without the use of a computer, but through play and creative activities.

You never know – one or more of these little women may one day be a future Ampedeer!

For more info about the project visit: https://www.thecodingbox.com/piccole-donne-del-coding