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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

Interview with Marco Fontani, Forensics Consultant, FORLAB

This is the first in a series of interviews with a number of our users that will share their story. If you are interested in being profiled, let us know. We would love to hear from you!


In this first post, we speak with Marco Fontani from FORLAB, one of the main laboratories in Italy specialized in image and video forensics. We started working together in the European project MAVEN and since then, we cooperate with FORLAB on several fronts, including the technology transfer from the world of research into practical applications.

Marco, tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background and your current role at FORLAB?

My background is mostly in academics. I have a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and a PhD degree in Information Engineering and Sciences. I’ve authored and co-authored several publications on novel image, video and audio forensic algorithms. My current role at FORLAB includes a mix of consultancy and training plus some research activity (mostly carried out by following master/PhD students).

What made you decide to enter the field of multimedia forensics?

I’ve always been interested in multimedia security because multimedia content is much too easily trusted/relied upon. When I began my PhD in 2010, an important research project funded by the European Commission (REWIND project) was about to start, and I joined the research group of professor Barni to take part in this project. After the PhD, I thought it would be interesting to put my studies to work in practical cases. Hence I, together with other colleagues, pushed the growth of FORLAB, where the scientific and technological innovative results are transferred to the real needs of the forensic environment.

What would you say are the biggest challenges with multimedia digital evidence and investigating crimes?

In the age of terrorism, I believe the main challenges are related to: a) analysis and interpretation of massive data (e.g. images/videos shared through social networks, but also video surveillance footage captured by cameras spread in a city); b) poor quality of CCTV cameras, that makes recording useless in so many cases. Continue reading

CSI effect: the role of a forensic video analyst is a little more than just special Hollywood effects

“Often seen but rarely understood, the role of a forensic video analyst is a little more than just special effects”. David Spreadborough, Amped’s International Trainer and Forensic Video Analyst, explains what forensic video analysis actually entails.

Read the full article published in Safety & Security International magazine

Police Oracle interviews Amped to discuss how imaging software can help growing ‘question’ of authenticity

David Spreadborough, Amped’s international trainer and ex-officer at Cheshire Police for 24 years, tells Police Oracle how Amped Authenticate is designed to help law enforcement underpin the veracity of images submitted to them externally, allowing officers to apply the appropriate level of ‘weight’ to evidence.

Read the article on Police Oracle or click here.

Amped in Rome for the Digital Forensics Meeting

Visit us at the Digital Forensics Meeting 2017 event, held in Rome, Italy on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

This one-day event is dedicated to computer forensics and mobile forensics experts to discuss the latest developments in digital investigations and intelligence. Guests will have the opportunity to attend presentations and interact directly with vendors and international experts. There will also be an exhibition area where participants can meet software vendors, including Amped Software, to receive personalized demos and exchange information.

For more information and registration, visit the event website.

An afternoon in Belgium learning how to improve CCTV images for digital investigations

Fifty Minutes Flanders Forensics is an event taking place in Belgium on Thursday, May 4, 2017, organized by our partner DataExpert. Four speakers from four different innovative companies will each present a fifty-minute presentation on important topics in digital forensics and investigations.

Agenda: 

12:30 to 13:00 – Welcome coffee

13:00 to 13:50 – Johann Hofmann – Griffeye
How to Handle Large Volumes of Images and Videos (EN)

13:50 to 14:40 – Martino Jerian – Amped Software
How to Improve CCTV Images for Digital Investigations (EN)

14:40 to 15:00 – Break & Networking

15:00 to 15:50 – Peter Smitskam – Cellebrite
The Cellebrite Analysis Platform and Cloud Analyzer (NL)

15:50 to 16:40 – Hans Henseler – Tracks Inspector
Digital Research by Non-Technical Investigators, is That Possible? (NL)

16:40 to 17:30 – Networking reception

You must be from a law enforcement or government agency in Belgium to attend this afternoon event held at:
Van der Valk hotel – Antwerpen
Luitenant Lippenslaan 66
Antwerpen
Belgium

To register or for more information contact DataExpert or visit the event website.

How do you handle digital multimedia evidence to be trusted in court? Visit us at Forensics Europe Expo to find out!

Forensics Europe Expo is the only international exhibition & conference that showcases the latest equipment and services as well as providing the definitive source of education, best practice, training and networking.

Visitor registration is free and allows you access to the exhibition, seminar and networking drinks reception. Essential for any forensics professional, Forensics Europe Expo is the must-attend event to learn about the very latest technology and connect with leading suppliers.

Visit the Amped team at Stand 1-D21 for your personalized demo and attend our seminars to learn how to properly handle digital multimedia evidence for it to be relied upon and trusted in court.

Amped Software Seminars

03 May 2017, Seminar Theatre

09:45 10:10
Scientific analysis, processing, enhancement, and presentation of video and images with Amped FIVE
David Spreadborough, International Trainer, and Certified Forensic Video Analyst – Amped Software

For evidence to be relied upon and trusted by a courtroom, it must be dealt with correctly. We must ensure that all work is reproducible and repeatable with any image or video submitted, portraying fact, and not fiction.

13:55 14:20
Image forgery detection and fast camera-image identification with Amped Authenticate
David Spreadborough, International Trainer, and Certified Forensic Video Analyst – Amped Software

Image manipulation can be performed on a standard smartphone. Thus, when images are submitted as evidence we must be able to validate that they are a true and accurate representation of what they purport to show. Manipulation may have been necessary, but malicious manipulation may change the interpretation of the image and therefore the evidential meaning.

Click here for more information and to register.

Why not contact us to book a one-to-one meeting with the Amped team while we are in London!