Category Archives: Press / Media

Google’s CSI-Like Algorithm Is Not Enhancing Images, It’s Creating Them!

In the last few days, there’s been a lot of noise about the latest impressive research by Google. This is a selection of articles with bombastic titles:

The actual research article by Google is available here.

First of all, let me say that technically, the results are amazing. But this system is not simply an image enhancement or restoration tool. It is creating new images based on a best guess, which may look similar but also completely different than the actual data originally captured. Continue reading

Griffeye has a chat with Martino Jerian, Founder and CEO of Amped

We recently announced our partnership with Griffeye, the world’s premier intelligence and visual big data platform. The Griffeye team had a chat with our Founder and CEO, Martino Jerian, to address questions about the challenges and opportunities in image and video forensics, what the partnership means for customers, and what the future holds for Amped Software. Read the full interview below.

Martino, please introduce us to Amped and what sparked the idea for your company initially?

The inspiration for Amped Software came when I was doing my masters in Electronic Engineering at the University of Trieste in 2005. While working on my thesis in Digital Image Processing at the University of Trieste, in collaboration with the Scientific Investigation Department of Carabinieri (Italian Military Police) I realised there was a big opportunity to create software specifically for processing images and videos related to security and investigations. Amped Software was officially created in 2008 and my ultimate aim has been to create tools that are the world standard for the investigation of images and videos.

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What need does Amped Software fill in the market?

When I started there were already several other image and video forensic companies in the market but as a forensic scientist, I realized that not one single product met all of the needs of a forensic analyst. Product functionality was limited, very pricey for the features on offer and did not deliver what users needed. I saw that there was an opportunity to a single tool that is the defacto standard for successfully handling all the forensic tasks needed on images and video for forensics and investigations. Continue reading

Amped partners with Griffeye to create ‘one stop shop’ for forensics community

In response to the growing volume and varying quality of data involved in forensic investigations, we are proud to announce our partnership with Griffeye, the world’s premier intelligence and visual big data platform, to address some of the biggest challenges facing forensic communities today. The partnership will ensure Amped users can swiftly perform higher volumes of image identification and analysis to more efficiently investigate evidence.

“This partnership ensures we can better serve our joint customers by enabling faster and more efficient analysis of forensic images and videos in one workflow,” said Martino Jerian, Founder and CEO at Amped Software. “By combining our two technologies, it will allow rich information to easily flow from one tool to the other in digital media investigations and open up new opportunities. We are proud to work with a company that reflects our own aims, ambitions and approach to customers – working closely with them to ensure users gain maximum benefit from well-serviced technology.”

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Amped DVRConv is finally here!

It took us a while, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect! Today, we finally officially launched our newest product called Amped DVRConv.  In a nutshell, Amped DVRConv allows you (our customers) to easily and quickly convert unplayable/proprietary video files from surveillance cameras and digital video recorders, in minutes. This means you can now get to that vital digital evidence faster than ever!dvrconv-logo-h300-paintedv2

Read below for the official announcement or click here.  

Visit the new Amped DVRConv product page on our website for further technical details.

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Istanbul Airport Attack: a Multimedia Forensics Perspective

After the attacks of Paris, Brussels (and unfortunately many others), three days ago there was another major event at Istanbul Airport. While its origin is yet to be officially confirmed, strong hints are again at ISIS terror strategy. The number of victims is currently set at more than 40 and growing, with more than 160 persons injured. This is, again and again, a very sad story and our prayers are with the victims, the wounded and their family.

As usual, in these major events, it is interesting to analyze the different audio and video sources and their use.  Continue reading

Terrorism, photos, misinformation

Things are getting awful. Last Friday’s events brought us many deaths and injured people in Paris. Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the population of France. The situation in Paris is sorrowful. Our colleague Matthew is traveling today to Paris for Milipol. Despite the situation, the organizers confirmed that the event will take place in any case, with additional security measures.

Being at the heart of Europe, all the media coverage these days is about Paris, but we must not forget that this is, sadly, just one of the very unfortunate events that are happening. The same day, similar events killed 26 people and injured more than 60 in Baghdad, and the day before, at least 43 were killed and more than 200 injured in Beirut. And let’s not forget the massacre in Nigeria which killed 2000 people at the beginning of the year.

A problem of credibility

Unfortunately, with the current times, it is becoming easier to become a journalist and more difficult to become a good journalist. There has been a lot of information in the news that is reported to be wrong. Anti-spoof websites are uncovering the truth. But who’s checking the correctness of these sources (and of the spoof-hunters)? Very often at the center of the discussion there are pictures or videos. Continue reading

Mediafax Reports on How Amped FIVE is Used in Romania

Mediafax posted a nice article about our software, but since it is in Romanian, we have translated it in English for you. You can find the original here.

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Cluj Police Can Identify Criminals Caught on Camera Easier with Amped Software

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Cluj County Police Department, Romania uses Amped FIVE, allowing them to identify criminals or motor-vehicle license plates, in video, captured from surveillance cameras easily and quickly. Amped software is used by police officers from 50 countries, from Europe to the US.
Cluj County Police Inspectorate (IPJ)  displayed the software at Cluj Napoca City Hall, after Mayor Emil Boc said the software has made processing images from surveillance cameras and identifying criminals or licence plates, easier and faster in Romania. 

The software, developed by an Italian company, is now used by police officers from more than 50 countries in Europe and the US. Before purchasing the new software, Cluj forensics were working with a system that was adapted to improve videos, but only for simple corrections such as brightness, contrast and color.  One of Cluj police criminalist experts explained to Mediafax how the new software works and what results can be achieved.

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Amped Software to Reveal New Plans for Image and Video Authentication at the 2015 Forensics Europe Expo

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Amped Software Will Reveal New Plans for Image and Video Authentication and Teach Investigators How to Productively Analyze Digital Multimedia Evidence

Trieste, Italy, 09 April, 2015 – Amped Software, a leading provider of innovative technology for the analysis, enhancement and authentication of images and videos for forensic, security and investigative applications, today announced that it will present two seminars on 21 and 22 April at this year’s Forensics Europe Expo. Amped Software will discuss how to verify if an image and video is an unaltered original or has been tampered with as well as teach analysts how to improve their image and video analysis workflow in order to get the best results for presentation of the digital video evidence in the courtroom.

“We are very focused on developing the most innovative and easy-to-use solutions for any image and video processing need related to security and investigations. We continually listen to our customers and adapt and update our solutions in order to meet their evolving needs in digital image and video forensics, “ said Martino Jerian, Founder and CEO of Amped Software. “We look forward to Forensics Europe Expo again this year to meet customers, introduce some of our product development plans, and to teach forensic investigators how they can successfully enhance and authenticate their image and video evidence.”

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