Category Archives: Announcements

Amped FIVE Update 15018: Customizable Reporting, Further Audio Support and More

We’re super excited to be here with another update to Amped FIVE and we’ve been busy working on a host of new features. Let’s take a look at what’s new!

Customizable Reporting

We’re now able to reveal to you our new Report Template options within the reporting feature in FIVE, allowing the customization of generated reports using pre-packaged templates or creating your own. This is fantastic for tailoring your forensic reports to suit your case or organization needs.

Let’s take a look at the new report style and the default templates!

As you would generate a report in previous builds, navigate to the Generate Report… option found under Project.

Here you’ll find the new options for the report template as well as the existing reporting features (which I’ll go through anyway, in case you are new to FIVE).

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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/

The Power of Amped Authenticate for Investigating CSE Cases

When we talk about Amped Authenticate, you may automatically think of its use in detecting forged and manipulated images such as those created using editing software to portray a different scenario or message from that of the original purpose of the image, and you’re certainly right about that (particularly in the age of the ever-prevalent ‘fake news’). The great thing about Amped Authenticate is that it’s also so much more on top of forgery detection – identify image processing history from capture to publish, extract images from documents, provide camera ballistics, but, in my view most importantly, add more weight to your child sexual exploitation, or CSE, investigations with all these tools  and ultimately safeguard vulnerable children.

I always think of Authenticate as the tool I wish I’d had during my time examining mobile devices and computers, now realizing its potential to further solidify my cases and digital evidence, least of all because of the seamless integration with Griffeye Analyze. As digital forensics investigators, the majority of our work involves CSE material and recovering evidence from a multitude of devices to prove or disprove the offense in question, and the more evidence we can provide the more likely we are to achieve a successful prosecution or clear an innocent party – we keep an open and unbiased mind as forensics professionals, as always. 

The PRNU, or photo response non-uniformity (also known as camera ballistics), capabilities of Authenticate are often under-utilized by law enforcement digital forensics professionals – I admit, I didn’t realize it had such a tool and how useful it could be in my work at the start of my career! Let’s take a safeguarding investigation as an example, often unpleasant cases in which a child has been exploited. We know law enforcement and governments around the world have similar methods of tracking illegal images and videos, usually through databases, in order to identify such material quickly and to avoid unnecessary exposure of traumatic material to investigators, but these safeguarding cases often involve newly generated images, not stored in any database.

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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 Replay Update 14312: Redaction Tracking, Smooth Playback and More

It’s here! The first update to Amped Replay and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you the new features!

Amped Replay is a universal player and converter for proprietary and standard video files, with basic enhancement, annotation and redaction functions, designed to be used by everyone from those on the immediate frontline of law enforcement to the more intermediate lab workers ‘behind-the-scenes’. Our work didn’t stop following the launch this past March, and we have had nothing but praise from police officers around the world who have been seeing the benefits of Replay in their case workflows.

Let’s not delay any further and take a look at what’s new!

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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.

Your Input is Needed for Windows XP Support! Keep or Kill?

One thing we are very proud of here at Amped is the efficiency and compatibility of our products. Although you will get the most out of Amped FIVE with a nice performing machine, you can also use it on any modern, and often not so modern, laptop. A few years ago we were able to deliver a decent training course in a location where users had a Pentium laptop with 1 GB of RAM. Definitely not something we really recommend, but it somewhat worked with most of our examples.

Most of our products are offered in the same installer in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.  Despite the discontinuation of Windows XP in 2014, 12 years after its launch, we are still trying to support it in our products, to guarantee maximum compatibility of our products with any system.

Over the years, however, keeping the compatibility with Windows XP has been an increasing struggle and every time we need to update external third-party libraries or tools some new issues related to Windows XP support pop up. We are at a point where we are not sure anymore if it’s worth still spending our precious development time towards this need. We hope none of you still need to use Windows XP as the main working machine, but there may be some cases where this is still helpful (for example controlled codec installation on a Windows XP virtual machine for legacy proprietary video formats). Furthermore, using Windows XP has become very dangerous since security updates are not even available anymore.

So, the question is, should we kill Windows XP support in Amped FIVE (and our other products) or there is a reason to keep it?

Please help us with this one-minute survey, or contact us if you want to discuss this with us.

We appreciate your feedback!