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
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Amped FIVE Update 9010 Part 1: Resize 1:1, Perspective Aligner, Block Difference, Frame Analysis

Many months of filter development and product expansion have resulted in a very big update to Amped FIVE!

As a result, we created two blog posts on this update. This is the first post. The second will come soon…

I have said it before, and I’ll say it to you again now… most of these development ideas have come from you, the user. If you suggest an idea, it goes onto the list. That list drives the updates. We are committed to providing you with the most advanced software for all of your needs in image and video forensics.

New Filters

Resize 1:1

Calibrating an object to a known scale is important in fingerprint, footwear mark and other analysis and comparison tasks. “Resize 1:1”, located under the “Edit” category, now enables you to use the scale shown in the image to present the image at the actual size.

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We’re off to the Digital Investigations Conference & Exhibition in New Delhi

Join Amped, together with our partner Forensics Guru, at our first ever exhibition in India at the Digital Investigations Conference & Exhibition (DICE 2017). Visit the Amped Software booth for live demos of our image and video enhancement and authentication solutions.

When: 25 February 2017

Where: Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India

DICE is the only event in India focused on the digital investigations and forensics community. Attended by law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and companies with a direct interest in digital investigation technologies, the DICE event this year will be inaugurated by Mr. PP Chaudhary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice; and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. This active government participation further underscores the emphasis that the Indian government lays on digital investigation technologies.

The manifold increase in the use of CCTV’s and video recording equipment in the Indian subcontinent has led to greater availability of video footage as evidence of crimes. Amped Software’s tools are uniquely positioned to provide insight into this video footage with the perspective of enhancing the output to be able to better ascertain the video contents from an investigation perspective. This is a crucial input from the perspective of law enforcement agencies and corporate security teams alike.

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

Amped at the GTTI 2017 Thematic Meeting on Multimedia Signal Processing

Today we presented our products Amped FIVE and Amped Authenticate at the GTTI 2017 Thematic Meeting on Multimedia Signal Processing. The meeting gathered 50+ people from Italian universities and research labs. We got lots of attention and many hints that will help improve our products in the future – stay tuned!

AMPED Software at the DEMO session of the GTTI-MMSP meeting

 

 

Training – We also come to you!

Many of you will have seen the recent Amped Training schedule, detailing some of the training events at our HQ in Trieste, Italy, and also at the Henderson training facility in the USA.

As we mentioned, we also come to you… and this is important in a number of ways.

Forensic Video Analysis and the enhancement of Digital Images and Video, is a relatively small sector in Forensic Science. However, the input, (the amount of product being acquired), and the output, (the amount of images and video presented as evidence), is huge.

As a result, those people doing the job are very, very busy people… but if you are one of those people – you don’t need us to tell you that!

At Amped Software, we understand this. That’s why, whenever possible – we will come to you… wherever you are!

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New Amped Training schedule. Book your seat now!

We provide complete hands-on training courses on the use of our products at our Amped Software Training Labs in Italy and in the USA. For some countries, we can also arrange for in-house training at your organization. The purpose of the Amped Software training is to:

  • Provide students with the theory and the basics of image processing
  • Understand different issues affecting images and videos in an investigative context
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of all product features
  • Work effectively on real cases and be able to testify on the results

Below is a list of some of the next scheduled classes. For more details and to register for any of these classes please click here.

Upcoming Classes

Amped FIVE

January 24-26, 2017 / Henderson, NV, USA
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks

February 27-March 01, 2017 / Henderson, NV, USA
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks

March 02-03, 2017 / Henderson, NV, USA
Instructor: Jim Hoerricks

March 14-17, 2017 / Trieste, Italy
Instructor: Stefano Bianchi

March 27-29, 2017 / Garland (TX) Police Department, USA
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Insurance companies look to forensics to cut fraud and abuse – and save time

When a driver wraps his car around a tree, the damage is likely rather obvious. Same again for a head-on collision at high speed. There’s not much car left to repair, so the insurance companies will likely pay out on the policy.

But in today’s app-driven world, minor dents and scratches are now being handled by the policy holder through the use of mobile device apps. Simply snap a picture or video of the damage and upload it to the insurance company. Claims are processed the same day and your money arrives quickly. Folks love this mobile claims processing functionality so much that insurance companies are featuring their time-saving apps in their advertising.

Whilst customers love this convenience, so do crooks. It turns out that fraudsters are using photo editing software to create fake photo evidence in support of bogus claims. This type of activity affects all policy holders as losses are spread out across all customers, keeping rates higher than they should be in a fraud-free world.

Enter Amped Software.

Without naming names (I don’t want to ruin the fraud-catchers’ fun), our software is being employed as both a risk management function (catching fraud), as well as to assist claims processors when folks turn in proprietary CCTV files in support of claims. Continue reading