Author Archives: Martino Jerian

2022 at a Glance: What Happened This Year?

It has been a very busy and successful year, bringing you the most complete solutions for the analysis and enhancement of images and videos for forensic, security, and investigative applications. We are today trusted in over 100 countries worldwide to provide scientifically validated tools admissible in court, to reach one of our primary goals: justice through science.

While we are very well known in the forensic community, this year we worked a lot also on getting more attention about the work we do and its importance for the security of our communities at a public level. In this video, you can learn more about Amped and what’s our vision.

In 2022, we have kept our promises and worked hard to meet users’ requests and make your daily work easier than ever.

We know your time is valuable so we have put together a list containing some of the most important news from this year. Check them out!

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Survey Results: The State of Video Forensics 2022

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During investigations and trials, video is one of the most common and most effective forms of evidence, but unfortunately, it is often taken for granted. There are many challenges to consider in relation to video evidence, and we believe it is of crucial importance to understand how users around the world are handling these and how the trends are shaping the state of video forensics in 2022 and beyond. For this reason, we launched in July a survey to hear the thoughts and opinions of video evidence practitioners from around the world. 

Many questions were raised, such as:

  • What are the most useful and common types of evidence during an investigation?”
  • “What are the main issues while working on video?”
  • “Which kind of training did you receive on image and video forensics?
  • “How long does it take to work on an image/video case on average?”

We received some very interesting answers and discovered some useful key findings that will help us predict what are the upcoming trends that your agency, organization, and lab are facing or will soon need to face.  

Here are five video forensics trends that you need to be aware of for 2023. Read on to find out the results!

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The Image Generation Model (Cheat Sheet Included!)

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by Martino Jerian, CEO and Founder of Amped Software

In a nutshell: a digital image is created by a sequence of physical and digital processes that ultimately produce a representation of light information in a specific moment in a specific place, as a sequence of 0s and 1s. The technical limitations of the imaging system will introduce some defects that will make the image different compared to the original scene, and often less intelligible during investigations. The image generation model aims to understand how these defects are introduced, and in which order to correct them in the proper sequence and obtain a more accurate and faithful valid representation of the scene.

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A Survey on the Industry Trends

The world seems to rapidly change these days, and so we thought to launch a new survey to understand where our industry is and where it is going. We called it “The State of Video Forensics 2022”.

Last year we did a quite long and technical survey dedicated to our users (you can read here some of the most interesting insights); this time we wanted to widen our audience and make it open to everybody who works on image and video evidence, even the few unlucky ones who are not (yet? 😉) using our software. It’s also much faster to fill, as it should require just 5-10 minutes of your time.

The survey will be open until September 13th, 2022, we’ll then summarize the key findings and present the results at the Amped User Days and in a future post on this blog. All data will be shown anonymously. 

It’s quick and easy, and the results could be useful for you as well. Thanks for your cooperation!

Raising Awareness on Video Evidence at the European Parliament

Last week was pretty amazing. I’ve been traveling for business for the first time after more than two years since Coronavirus. While my colleagues had attended several events,  I’ve not been around very much. I relied more (maybe too much) on what modern technology had offered to us.

However, there are some things that it is better to do in person. Stakeholder engagement is instrumental in order to deal with the institutions: particularly the EU ones. 

And so, I traveled to Bruxelles where I visited the European Parliament for the first time. On may 17th I had the honor to organize the institutional meeting “Video Evidence Analysis During Investigations: Raising Awareness to Grant Security and Justice Through Science”.

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Video Evidence: Don’t Take It For Granted!

In the past years, policymakers dedicated a lot of attention to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and privacy, especially in relation to video surveillance and public safety. While these are very important topics, I think we need to also dedicate some attention to the more fundamental issues that often go unnoticed and relate to the proper understanding of image and video evidence, both during investigations and in court.

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From Mechanical Engineering to Forensic Video Analysis: The Experience of Alan Michaelis

Alan is the owner of ALCAR Multimedia; while he transitioned relatively late to the world of forensic video analysis, he attended a lot of different training classes and became soon very passionate about the topic. Read on to see what first sparked his interest in the field and what are the most important aspects of training and education.

Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder

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A Survey on Video Evidence: The Highlights from the Amped User Days 2021

In April 2021, we had our second Amped User Days, an event reserved for our users which put together 298 people from 34 different countries.

While we are in constant communication with our users, we wanted to get a bird’s eye view of the industry and behaviors with video evidence so we took the opportunity to ask them to contribute to our study by replying to a few questions.

I thought some of the highlights from the survey were quite interesting, so I’ll go over them in this post.

Read on to see some of our questions and replies from our users.

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Who’s Using Amped Software?

Very often when potential customers are researching products, a pretty common question they ask us is “who’s using your software?”. We take privacy and security very seriously, and we don’t publish customers’ names or logos without their permission. This permission, for public safety and national security organizations, is actually quite hard to get by official means or takes way too long. So we are rarely nominating users and cases explicitly.

In this post, we are sharing some aggregated data you may find interesting. It is being published in December 2021, so if you are reading this later, the numbers will likely be higher.

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