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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!

Setting the Standard for Image and Video Forensics in Poland

The Ogólnopolskie Wiosenne Spotkania z Informatyką Śledczą event (engl. The Polish Spring Session with Computer Forensics) held in Warszawa, on April 28, 2017, is dedicated to Polish law enforcement units and independent specialists, analysts, and IT security personnel using forensic tools.

This year the event will focus on topics related to the establishment of computer forensics laboratories, data extraction in the cloud, new solutions against cybercrime and the effectiveness of forensic analysis for mobile devices.

Marcin Grzywacz from Amped Software will be presenting a seminar entitled: Wyznaczanie standardów technik śledczych dla obrazów i nagrań wideo (engl. Setting the Standard for Image and Video Forensics)  from 12:20 – 13:00.

Location:
Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna, Zielna 37, building C, Warsaw, Poland
Click here for more information.

Is that image authentic?

With digital images, people are starting to ask the question – “is it authentic?”

My first digital camera was probably around 1997/8 – that’s nearly 20 years ago! It was a Canon and stored its tiny images on a CF Card. It was pretty heavy and bulky, but a huge step up from the first Kodak prototypes of the 1970’s.

Those had to store an image onto a cassette tape!

In 1990, a few years before my first adventures into digital imaging, Adobe released Photoshop for the Mac.

Take a look at the digital photography timeline to learn more:

http://www.practicalphotographytips.com/practicalphotographytips/history-of-digital-photography.html

This little trip down memory lane has revealed that for over 25 years, people have been able to easily capture and edit digital images. We have reached a point where high-quality images can be captured quickly, edited, and then shared within a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a screen. It’s no wonder then, that during this digital generation, people have also learned how easy it is to change that picture for unlawful reasons.

You are, most likely, from within the investigative community, so you can probably think of many different reasons why someone would want to, ‘tell a different story’. A digital image can be manipulated to reinforce that story, and up until now, many people have trusted that image as being a true and accurate representation. Continue reading

Amped Support Portal Available Now!

Normally, we release new stuff for your desktop, but this time we released a little new section on our website to help you with the management of your Amped Software licenses and training: the Amped Support Portal.

In the portal, you can find all the essential information about your software licenses and the training classes that you have attended.

Just head to https://support.ampedsoftware.com and you will see a typical Email / Password login page.

login

If you are an Amped Software user and we have received your details when you purchased a license, you should already be able to log into the system. Just insert your email address and hit the button “Reset password”. Then check your email and follow the instructions to change the password and then log in. If you don’t receive an email, this means that we don’t have you in our records. But no worries, just send an email to support@ampedsoftware.com and we’ll create an account for you once we have identified your available licenses.

You can see all your licenses and their expiration dates, you can download the latest versions of the software, and you can generate license certificates that your administration or management may require.

Additionally, you will also see all the training classes that you have attended and download the related training certificate.

We plan to add additional features soon, for example, adding the possibility to receive email notifications before the expiration of your SMS (software updates). So, stay tuned!

As usual, feel free to contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about the new portal.

Our Next Stop: Milipol Asia-Pacific

Amped Software is being featured at the upcoming Milipol Asia-Pacific event, held from 4-6 April 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Milipol Asia-Pacific is the leading international exhibition dedicated to homeland security in the Asia-Pacific region. The event is focused on serving the Asia Pacific’s Counter Terrorism, Law Enforcement and Civil Defence communities. The show presents opportunities for Governments and Security professionals to meet, interact and build relationships in order to develop the required solutions to protect their borders, infrastructure and their national sovereignty against acts of terrorism, natural and man-made disasters and organized crime. The 3-day Exhibition runs concurrently with a homeland security themed conference with leading international speakers to present their experiences, current practice and information in their specific fields of expertise.

Visit us, together with our partner Omni-Integer, at Stand 1514 in the Singapore Pavilion, to learn how to increase your efficiency and reliability in the use of multimedia evidence and for a personal demo of our products.

For those of you who cannot make it to Singapore, but will be in Dubai, why not meet us there? On April 2 we will be stopping in at the Emirates Forensic Conference and Exhibition. Contact us to set up some time to talk with us.

We look forward to seeing you!

Can you see in the dark?

A crime has occurred. Your investigators comb the area looking for clues. Your media relations staff hit the airwaves asking for the public’s help. Your social media cyber team trolls the Internet for images taken about the time of the crime and in the general location.

Bingo!

An image shows up on social media that was taken a few minutes before the crime occurred, looking down the street at what is now your crime scene. But, what’s wrong with this picture?

Taken into the setting sun, the features of the scene are back-lit. Useful information is lost.

Or is it? Continue reading

Advanced File Information – A Closer Look!

In the recent Amped FIVE Update (Rev. 9010), there were some big additions to the advanced “File Info”.

The updated tool has already received high praise from regular users who can now do all their frame, stream, hex and format analysis from within the same application – Amped FIVE!

It’s time therefore to take a much closer look at this new and powerful functionality.

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Amped FIVE Update 9010 Part 2: Filter Updates and Interface Enhancements… too much for one post!

Amped FIVE Update 9010 continues…this is the second post relating to our very big Amped FIVE update launched a few days ago. In case you missed Part 1, click here.

Filter Updates

Measure 3d

When setting a reference measurement, the most common mistake is to get your line in the wrong direction! This then reverses the measure result.

Under the “Reference” tab, we have made things easy for you.

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More Amped Software Demos at Security & Policing Event

The Amped team hits the road again. This time we are heading back to Farnborough in the United Kingdom to attend once again the Security & Policing Home Office Event, taking place from Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 March 2017. Visit us at STAND B23 to see for yourself why Amped FIVE, Amped Authenticate and Amped DVRConv are the global standard tools for image and video forensics.

Attend Amped Software’s presentation entitled: “Video Authentication – It’s a question of reliability”
Date: Wednesday 8 March
Location: Cyber Briefing Zone
Time: 15:15 – 15:30pm

EVENT OPENING TIMES
Tuesday 7 March – 09:00-16:30
Wednesday 8 March – 09:00-16:30
Thursday 9 March – 09:00-15:00 Continue reading