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Working Scientifically?

On Tuesday, May 22, I will be in Providence (RI, USA) at the Annual IACP¬†Technology¬†Conference to present a lecture. The topic, “Proprietary Video Files‚ÄĒ The Science of Processing the Digital Crime Scene” is rather timely. Many years ago, ¬†the US Federal Government responded to the NAS Report with the creation of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC). I happen to be a founding member of that group and currently serve as the Video Task Group chairperson within the Video / Imaging Technology and Analysis Subcommittee (VITAL). If one was to attempt to distill the reason for the creation of the OSAC and its on-going mission, it would be this: we were horrible at science, let’s fix that.

Since the founding of the OSAC, each Subcommittee has been busy collecting guidelines and best practices documents, refining them, and moving them to a “standards publishing body.” For Forensic Multimedia Analysis, that standards publishing body is the ASTM. The difference between a guideline / best practice and a standard is that the former tend towards generic helpful hints whilst the latter are specific and enforceable must do’s. In an accredited laboratory, if there is a standard practice for your discipline you must follow it. In your testimonial experience, you may be asked about the existence of standards and if your work conforms to them. As an example, in section 4 of ASTM 2825-12, it notes the requirement that your reporting of your work should act as a sort of recipe such that another analyst can reproduce your work. Whether used as bench notes, or included within your formal report, the reporting in Amped FIVE fully complies with this guidance. There is a standard out there, and we follow it.

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Join us at the International Police Expo in New Delhi, India

From May 10 Р11, 2018 Amped will at the at the International Police Expo in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. You can find us at Booth B17/B18, together with our India partner, Forensics Guru.

International Police Expo is an interactive platform where police representatives from different nations meet to gather and exchange knowledge and worldviews as well as learn about new technologies and solutions. The Expo showcases the latest equipment and technologies for Defense, Homeland and Internal Security, Policing, Surveillance, Communication, Forensics, and more. The conference theme for this year is: “The Challenges in Combating Transnational Crimes and Terrorism”.

On Thursday, May 10, from 12-12:30 pm, in Hall 7ABC, Amped’s CEO and Founder, Martino Jerian, will present a keynote presentation on best practices for analyzing, enhancing and authenticating digital image and video evidence using software solutions that have become the standard worldwide.

Stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about our technology!

For information, visit http://internationalpoliceexpo.com/

Learn to accurately determine measurements from CCTV at the OFVAA Annual Training Event

The Ontario Forensic Video Analysts’ Association (OFVAA) is holding its 6th Annual Training Event from April 30 – May 4, 2018, at the¬†DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton in¬†Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The full week of training will focus on¬†“Forensic Still Image Photogrammetry” and will cover a range of topics around height analysis from surveillance video and still images with practical hands-on training by field experts including Amped Software’s David Spreadborough. Students will perform and validate scientific height analysis using multiple methods including Reverse Projection, Laser Scanning, Computer Image Creation, and also Measure 3d in Amped FIVE.

This event provides a unique opportunity to use all these techniques to identify each one’s ideal use scenario, in order for officers and analysts to use the right technique in the right scenario, cutting costs and time.

For more information visit: http://www.ofvaa.com/training

Learn about the Forensic Video Analysis Workflow at Digital Experience Belgium

On Wednesday, April 25, Amped Software will be at Digital Experience Belgium held at the Van der Valk Hotel Beveren.

Digital Experience Belgium, organized by our partner DataExpert, is a one-day event for crime and fraud investigation specialists in Belgium. Digital Investigators, their Managers, and Crime Analysts from government departments and businesses are expected to attend this event. Workshops have been scheduled and topics range from CCTV Video and Image Analysis to Mobile Phone Forensics and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will present a workshop entitled¬†The Forensic Video Analysis Workflow, scheduled from 15:15 – 16:00.¬† In this session, David will walk you through the FVA Workflow. From exhibit to conclusion, presentation and report, he will highlight how Amped FIVE has changed the way CCTV and video analysis is conducted by providing a complete toolset in a simple and clean application. Amped FIVE (Forensic Image and Video Enhancement) is a single application for the processing, analysis, restoration, enhancement, presentation, and reporting of CCTV, video and image files used in investigations. Utilizing a science-based workflow, each filter is documented and peer-reviewed to ensure complete compliance with local regulations ensuring accuracy, repeatability, and reproducibility.

For more info and to register for the event, click here.

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We just turned 10 ‚Äď but there‚Äôs still so much more to do!

Today is the 10th anniversary of the foundation of Amped Software. In fact, I officially registered the business on 10th April 2008.

It feels like it was only yesterday that I started the company, but at the same time, it feels like ages ago.

It wasn’t always easy, but it has been an exciting ride so far. If there is something I am very proud of, it is the consistency of the company’s vision. Nowadays in the startup world, there’s this very common concept of pivoting. Start with an idea and then change the product, the market, or everything, until it works. Somewhat.

I, however, started with the same idea that is still driving the company today: to create the best tools for image and video analysis specifically for forensics and investigations. Doing something very specific for a very specific kind of customer, but being the best in doing it and making it become the world standard. Continue reading

There’s More to an Image than Meets the Eye

When using an image as evidence during a court case, the point of view it represents acquires a resonance much stronger than the testimony of a witness. With video, this is even more true, as we may understand the dynamics even from the frames and any additional information which may be gleaned from the audio track.

Nowadays, there are many free and easy tools which can be used to modify pictures with ease, and thus the authentication of images is of paramount importance. But even more importantly, we need to understand how much data there is in an image, in addition to what we can already see.

Read the full article published in Lawyer Monthly.

Come Meet Us in Florence and Bern!

We are on the road again next week to go meet customers, partners, and friends. Come see us in Bern, Switzerland at the¬†IT Forensic Investigator Conference, and in Florence, Italy at the DFRWS EU Conference. We also have a workshop at each event, so don’t miss those! Read below for details on each event.


IT Forensic Investigator Conference

When: March 21, 2018

Where: Stade de Suisse, Papierm√ľhlestrasse 71,3014 Bern, Switzerland

Why: This event is organized by the Swiss Federal Police and Arina AG for all government IT-Forensic Investigators in Switzerland.

Workshop: 

The Proper Use of Images and Videos as Evidence

Presenter: Stefano Bianchi

March 21, 14:15 – 15:00, Raum 3 Sky Lounge vorne (4. OG)

Photos and videos have always been valuable sources of evidence. Images from CCTV, body-worn cameras, dash cams and mobile devices can now be easily acquired and enhanced, but also manipulated. This can lead to breaks in the chain of custody or questions surrounding the admissibility. Relying on tools that follow a scientific methodology ensures the integrity of the digital evidence through the use of forensic workflows starting from the acquisition, to the restoration, enhancement, and the writing of the report for use in the courtroom. During this workshop, you will learn about some of these workflows, using Amped FIVE, a software for forensic image and video enhancement, identifying their compatibility within the image and video forensic community.


 DFRWS EU 2018

When: March 21-23, 2018

Where: Convito Della Calza – Oltrarno Meeting Center, Florence, Italy

Why: Amped Software is a proud sponsor of this event that fosters transdisciplinary approaches to address emerging challenges in digital forensics by bringing together innovative researchers, developers, and practitioners from around the globe.

Workshop: 

Image and Video Forensics: Enhancement and Analysis

Presenter: Martino Jerian (Amped Software) and Sebastiano Battiato (University of Catania)

March 21, 21:30 – 12:30, Room B

Video analysis is one of the most fascinating fields of digital and media forensics, but there’s much more to it than simply enhancing a picture. This workshop will introduce the attendees to the field of forensic image and video analysis and will provide a summary of all the steps needed to get evidence out of the source (typically a digital video recorder or a digital camera), extract parts of interest, properly enhance them, take measurements, and prepare the results for presentation in the courtroom. The attendees of the workshop will learn how to enhance and analyze images with the software Amped FIVE, using it on some practical cases. The argument of image authenticity will be briefly introduced at the end of the session with a few practical examples with the software Amped Authenticate. Requirements: Attendees of the workshop must bring their own computers for the hands-on practical exercises. A Windows system, either native or virtualized, must be available. The instructors will provide fully functional versions of the software and casework examples on USB drives.

Digital images – trust must be earned

The science behind forensic image analysis is growing fast and constantly evolving. Even within the last 5 years, the ability to take a photo, manipulate it to tell a different story, and circulate the misinformation online has become infinitely easier. The advent of smartphones, convenient digital image manipulation software and easy dissemination of information are throwing up new challenges that investigators and forensic technicians must adapt to.

Unfortunately, it is too risky to simply take digital images at face value. Instead, we must ask and have¬†the tools to query, such as ‚ÄúWhere did the image or video originate from?‚ÄĚ; ‚ÄúWho provided it and is¬†there any reason they might have modified it?‚ÄĚ; ‚ÄúIs it a camera-original?‚ÄĚ; and ‚ÄúDo I believe this is a¬†true and accurate representation of events?‚ÄĚ

To give a practical example, back in the summer of 2017, two images featured prominently in the initial reporting of Hurricane Harvey. The first was of a shark swimming along the Houston freeway. The second showed several aeroplanes virtually underwater at what was claimed to be Houston airport. These iconic images were circulated widely on Twitter and were featured on mainstream national media such as Fox News. There was just one small problem. Neither situation had actually occurred!

If this behaviour is widespread on social and traditional media, then why shouldn’t we believe it is also impacting police and legal investigations? After all, if members of the public are prepared to manipulate images for the sake of a few likes and retweets, what will they be prepared to resort to when the stakes are much higher?

Read the full article published in eForensics Magazine.

 

Amped Authenticate & Griffeye Analyze DI Pro: a synergy that empowers forensic analysts!

The partnership between Amped Software and Griffeye keeps growing and so does the integration between Griffeye Analyze DI Pro and Amped Authenticate. Analyze DI Pro is a media investigation software for handling large volumes of images and videos, filter irrelevant digital files, prioritize, correlate and identify the most pertinent material in investigations. It will let you scan and import data from a device or from a folder on your workstation. Once the import is complete, you can easily browse and intelligently sort/filter media.

In this post, we’ll take a look at what Griffeye Analyze DI Pro enables you to do when linked with the Amped Authenticate plugins. Let’s create a case and import a folder containing a few JPEG files.

Analyze DI Pro lets you look at image metadata, and Amped Authenticate users know how interesting they are, but, we also know that a single image may contain hundreds of Exif metadata, and reading all of them is quite a boring job. Luckily, from the very same panel above we can call in Amped Authenticate File Format Analysis to automatically spot suspicious metadata. Once you installed Authenticate and the corresponding plugin in Analyze DI Pro, this is just as simple as right-clicking on one or all the images and then hit the “Plugin” voice and select “Amped Authenticate – File Format Analysis” from the pop-up list as shown below.

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