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Meet Amped Software and Axon at IACP

Come see Amped Software, together with our partner Axon, at booth #2825, at the IACP Conference and Exposition on October 21-24 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
We will present Axon Forensics, powered by Amped Software, that arms customers with a range of tools to improve workflow efficiency in analyzing image and video evidence. Amped Software products, sold by Axon, have been rebranded to Axon Five (Amped FIVE), Axon Detect (Amped Authenticate), and Axon Convert (Amped DVRConv.)
About IACP
Every year, the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition supplies you and your department with powerful advantages, bringing together an unmatched educational program, renowned keynote speakers, community-building special events and the largest collection of tactical equipment and technology solutions available for law enforcement. Join thousands of dedicated professionals from federal, state, county, local and tribal agencies at IACP 2017 — you and your team will get the intelligence, strategies, and solutions you need to sharpen your edge and better serve and protect.
For more information visit: http://www.theiacpconference.org/
See you in Philly!

See and use Amped FIVE at this year’s LEVA Conference

LEVA (Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association) is holding this year’s conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA, between 16th and 20th October.

For the past few years, David Spreadborough, our international trainer, has run a 2-day practical session using Amped FIVE – and this year is no exception!

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th, David will be looking at many practical case workflows using Amped FIVE.

Suitable for both the newbie and the wizard, the cases are designed to promote discussion, learning, and self-research. Report writing, case management, and organization will also be reviewed.

Along with a few new developments, David will also look at image authentication with Amped Authenticate, to ensure users understand some key concepts in Image Authentication.

The Amped team will be around throughout the week and you can also stop by the Axon stand to chat with us about the products we have to support you.

See you soon!

Meet us in the Netherlands at the Digital Experience event

We are happy to attend once again the Digital Experience event organized by our partner DataExpert, on October 11-12, 2017, held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Utrecht.

What is Digital Experience?
Digital Experience 2017 is a two-day event in the field of Digital Forensics, Data Analysis and Cyber Intelligence. This event brings experts and specialists, proven and innovative solutions, and users, together in one place! The latest trends and developments will be presented during this event.

The first day is dedicated to sessions and workshops around the theme ‘Digital Forensics’.
The second day is dedicated to topics such as ‘Analysis & Investigation’, ‘OSINT & Mobile’ and ‘Cyber Intel’. You can sign up for one or both days.

Amped Software will be presenting a session regarding investigations on images and video in the age of terrorism.

For more info and to register, click here: https://dataexpert.nl/en/digital-experience-2017

We look forward to seeing you in The Netherlands!

 

The Investigator – Amped Workshop: Evidential use of video and images in an investigation

On the 7th December 2017, David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will be presenting a workshop on the use of images and video within investigations.

David will provide investigators with all the latest knowledge and best practice to ensure they make maximum use of video and images that withstands the scrutiny of the courts. David will carry out practical demonstrations throughout the day and draw on relevant case studies of his recent experience.

Download the brochure for more info.

The Investigator magazine regularly runs workshops on many techniques and services.

This workshop is primarily aimed at the decision makers, but open to all frontline investigators who will benefit from having an increased knowledge of what is, and what is not, possible within the world of visual multimedia.

To register and for more information:

+44 (0)844 660 8707 or email info@the-investigator.co.uk

Can you trust what you show in Court?

If you present an object, an image, or a story to a courtroom, you must be able to trust that it is accurate.

How then, do you trust an image – a digital photograph, a snapshot in time of an object, a person or a scene? Do you trust what the photographer says? Or do you check it? Do you attempt to identify any signs of manipulation that could cast doubt on the weight of the evidence?

How many members of the public are aware of the Digital Imaging Procedure? What about the guidance surrounding computer based information, which includes digital images and video? What about the person that is receiving that file? Perhaps the investigating officer. Are they aware of the importance of image authentication?

Is the Criminal Justice System naive to believe that fake images do not end up being displayed in court and presented as truth? Even if it is a rarity now, we need to think of the future. To start with, we must ask ourselves, “Can we rely on the image we see before us? Has it been authenticated?”

Read the article published by The Barrister magazine to learn about the importance of authenticating images before submitting them as evidence.

From cameras to the court: How to make full video integration a reality

David Spreadborough, international trainer at Amped Software, and a regular expert witness in criminal investigations, charts the technical history of bringing CCTV images to court and provides an insight into the challenges associated with preparing surveillance images as evidence.

Read the article published on IFSEC Global

 

Altered images: The challenge of identifying fake photographs

Fake photographs have been around for almost as long as the camera, but in a digital age of photography, the ability to alter images has never been easier. EU Forensic Video Expert David Spreadborough examines the current challenges surrounding authenticating images.

Thanks to the latest administration in the USA, the term ‘fake news’ has become a popular method of explanation to an event created within social media. The problem is that news agencies and websites find these invented stories and then republish, therefore causing the spread and proliferation of the fake story.

You may have seen this image recently during the G20 meeting of world leaders. Looks like a serious conversation. It may have been, but Putin was never there. Find a picture, create a story, ‘Photoshop’ the picture, then tweet it. The fake news cycle then starts. The more relevant the story, the quicker the spread.

The modification of images to tell a different story is nothing new, it’s been happening since the early days of photography. A popular myth is that it’s a problem caused by the digital age. An example is the photo of The Cottingley Fairies. Although I accept that digitisation has made things a lot easier and a lot more convincing.

Over the past few months, entwined between the ‘fake news’ stories have been several reports of manipulated images appearing in academic studies. It is easy to understand how people can be swayed to change a couple of images to validate a piece of research if it assists in the success of a financial grant. Images in documents used to prove qualifications and images proving the existence of large, wild cats in southern England have also all recently been found to be fake, or maliciously manipulated. When someone fakes an image, it is simply to present an event in a different way than the original moment in time. Continue reading

Amped featured in Fraud Intelligence

Alan Osborn, from Fraud Intelligence, writes about the strong interest shown at the Forensics Europe Expo, by the Trieste, Italy-based company Amped Software, whose technology enables the analysis, enhancement, and authentication of images and video. Amped told FI how it’s very easy to alter an image and change the context and the meaning of that image, but hiding the artifacts that are left behind is much harder.

Click here for the PDF version of the published article.

Axon Accelerate Conference: Intro to Axon Forensic Suite

The Axon Accelerate Conference is on! Attend this two-day event to learn how to deploy the cutting-edge technologies available to you on the Axon platform, network with other law enforcement professionals, and help design the new devices and apps that let you focus on what really matters.

From June 20-21, 2017 you can attend numerous breakout session and choose the ones that are most relevant and important to you. Sessions cover topics on policy, products, security, Force Science, hardware, futures, media training, and so much more.

Join Jim Hoerricks, Director of Customer Support and Training, Amped Software Inc., for the INTRO TO AXON FORENSICS breakout session on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM-11:45 AM. 

This session will illustrate the many workflows that are possible with the Axon Forensic Suite of products (powered by Amped Software), both as standalone tools and together with Evidence.com. The Axon Forensic Suite includes tools for the conversion of proprietary file types to standard formats (Axon Convert/Amped DVRConv), the restoration / clarification / analysis of images and video (Axon Five/ Amped FIVE), and the authentication
of images prior to their use in case work and court (Axon Detect/Amped Authenticate).

Click here for more info: https://global.axon.com/info/conference-2017