Amped is Making its Way to Indonesia for the Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum

Indonesia is set to host one of Southeast Asia’s biggest expo and conference on defence, aerospace, and the marine industry – INDO DEFENCE, INDO AEROSPACE, INDO HELICOPTER, INDO MARINE 2016 Expo & Forum from 2 – 5 November 2016, at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran Jakarta, Indonesia. It will be a ground-breaking event that will spearhead the development of the defence industry, aerospace, security services, marine technology and applications in the region.

Join over 25,000 delegates and visitors at the biggest defence, aerospace and marine industry gathering of the year.

Come meet us in booth A241, together with our partner Omni Integer, for a personalized demo of our industry leading products: Amped FIVE, Amped Authenticate, Amped DVRConv.

What PC do you have handy?

Customers often ask us about the hardware requirements for our products before purchasing. While we have some recommendation, the reality is that many of our customers use Amped FIVE (or our other products) on unbelievably old computers. Sure, Amped FIVE would be slower, but for working on low-resolution CCTV videos, even a 10-year-old PC with Windows XP (not recommended!) still works mostly fine.

I recently taught one of our courses at a customer’s premises. Since the class was quite full and they didn’t have enough recent laptops to bring into the training room, about half of the students had pretty old laptops. During the training, we normally provide the software installer and training examples on USB drives. Some people claimed that their PC was not able to see the drive. We figured out that they were using Windows XP SP2, they were not connected to the Internet and had not updated in ages. Continue reading

Managing Digital Evidence in Courts with Amped DVRConv

The Joint Technology Committee (COSCA)(NCSC)(NACM) had released version 1 of their document Managing Digital Evidence in Courts.

“Technologies including smartphones and body-worn cameras are capturing an ever- increasing volume of evidence. The exponential increase in the quantity of digital evidence is challenging the court’s ability to receive, evaluate, protect, and present digital evidence. This report identifies potential challenges and recommends steps courts should consider.”

In its recommendations around the conversion of proprietary video file types, it noted the following:

  • Avoid creating arbitrary limitations on acceptable formats for digital evidence.
  • Work with law enforcement, prosecutors, and local labs to consider the tradeoffs
    between converting and not converting digital video evidence.

Interestingly, when the state of Texas (US) was considering a statewide standard for video sharing in its many court districts, Amped Software was the only company to be able to say: “Yes, we’re ready now. We can convert an overwhelming majority of proprietary file types into the proxy file type of your choosing.”

Want a .re4 file converted into a Raw MOV file? Done. Want a .SEC file converted into an MP4 or an AVI file? Done. Our standalone conversion tool is second to none. We’re converting over 80% of proprietary video file types found, with more being added as we encounter them.

Meet Amped DVRConv – our best-kept secret.


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File Conversion vs File Cracking


We receive quite a few phone calls and e-mails from well-meaning customers wanting us to “crack” secure in-car or body worn camera video files. They get frustrated because our conversion tools in Amped FIVE or Amped DVRConv don’t “crack” files for them. The easiest explanation is that our tools aren’t designed to defeat security.

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TASER and Amped at IACP, October 15-18, 2016

IACP Conference 2016

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition is the largest and most important law enforcement event of the year — more than 14,000 public safety professionals attend the event to learn new techniques, advance their knowledge and careers and equip their department for ongoing success.

Attendees can choose from 200+ workshops in 12 targeted tracks, and learn proven strategies and crucial information that can be put to use right away. Participants can also attend live demos and hands-on exhibits to see new products in action — more than 700 exhibitors showcase their latest offerings to fully equip law enforcement professionals and help departments do the best job possible to serve and protect communities.

We will be showcasing the Axon Forensics Suite with TASER in booth 2239. Come visit us for hands-on demonstrations of our latest solutions: Axon Five, Axon Convert, and Axon Detect.

We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Expo hours:
Sunday, October 16,       10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 17,      10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18,      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Amped DVRConv is finally here!

It took us a while, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect! Today, we finally officially launched our newest product called Amped DVRConv.  In a nutshell, Amped DVRConv allows you (our customers) to easily and quickly convert unplayable/proprietary video files from surveillance cameras and digital video recorders, in minutes. This means you can now get to that vital digital evidence faster than ever!dvrconv-logo-h300-paintedv2

Read below for the official announcement or click here.  

Visit the new Amped DVRConv product page on our website for further technical details.

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Amped Workshops at FT-Day 2016, Karlsruhe Germany


One of our newest partners, MH Service GmbH has invited us to take part in their 2016 Forensic Technology Day (FT-Day).

As in the past years, the FT-Day will be hosted in the Conference Center 2.0, Egon-Eiermann-Allee 8 in Karlsruhe. The event will take place from Sept. 28th to 29th, 2016. FT-Day is the only event in Europe that focuses 100% on IT Forensics.

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Be Conscious of the Algorithms You Use in a Forensic Setting

Our customers often ask us for specific functions and filters to be included in our software. Paying attention to user requests and managing our development priorities according to them is probably one of the things Amped Software is best known for.

However, not all requests, even if technically feasible, are a match for the purpose of our solutions. Take for example Amped FIVE: some of the most common use cases are enhancing license plates or faces.

Quite a few customers asked for some functions to perform super resolution of faces from a single image. While this may be technically very interesting, most of the implementations have a fatal flaw that prevents them from being used for forensic applications: they introduce data external to the case.

Yesterday a GitHub project called “srez” caught my attention.

Image super-resolution through deep learning. This project uses deep learning to upscale 16×16 images by a 4x factor. The resulting 64×64 images display sharp features that are plausible based on the dataset that was used to train the neural net.

Here’s an random, non cherry-picked, example of what this network can do. From left to right, the first column is the 16×16 input image, the second one is what you would get from a standard bicubic interpolation, the third is the output generated by the neural net, and on the right is the ground truth.
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Amped at Digital Experience 2016 with a New Cast and at a New Location


The annual Digital Experience 2016 conference, hosted by our partner DataExpert, will be held this year on Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21, at the Veenendaal Hotel, Netherlands.

This conference is organized for digital investigation professionals, fraud analysts, security officers, and IT-mangers, but also for Security Engineers, SOC/CERT-managers, Compliance Officers, Data Protection Officers and anyone interested in digital fraud investigations, Cyber Security, Incident response and/or Data Intelligence & Analysis.

This year, Amped Software is sending our international trainer, David Spreadborough (Spreadys), who will be conducting a workshop titled “Video – Fact or Fiction”, scheduled on Wednesday from 11:45 – 12:45. In this workshop, Spreadys will speak about the importance of correctly acquiring, analyzing and enhancing video and images within a legal environment.

We will also have a booth set up during this event. So stop by to meet the Amped team, to get a personal demo of our products, or to get answers to any of your questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!




Amped Software in Africa


Amped Software heads to Africa to break ground in the emerging economies of Eastern Africa.

SecProTec East Africa is being held at the KICC (Kenyatta International Convention Center) from the 15th to the 17th of September. 

If you would like a personal demonstration of our solutions, or if you would like to explore partnership opportunities with us, we welcome you to visit our booth B31 where we will be exhibiting with our South African Partner Risk Diversion.

SecProTec East Africa powered by Intersec is the most important trade fair for the security, safety and protection industry in the entire East African region.
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