Monthly Archives: July 2013

Transparency anyone? Why the lotto scratcher ticket approach is no good for forensic technology?

Considering all the things going on in the world today, a little actual, real transparency is a welcome sight. We are often asked “what makes Five a better solution than X?” or “compare Five to X, Y, and Z”. In this context, transparency is a fundamental requirement in being able to weigh the options out there and make an informed, intelligent decision. That is the lotto scratcher approach – the contents are a mystery.

The problem is that (with the exception of us) even finding actual specifications is a futile endeavor. Granted, we have it easy compared to our competitors because we produce our own software without being dependent on a third party application or hardware unit to function. When we publish specs, it is specs on our product; so you don’t have to guess where something ends and an Adobe, Avid, or an Acme (with apologies to Dr. Wile E. Coyote, Forensic Scientist) product begins. This blurred line becomes problem when you have to actually go to court with something, but more on this later. This is what I mean by it being easy. We can publish our specifications on our software since we created it – completely. Continue reading