This article, published in Evidence Technology Magazine, takes a look at two cases involving the authentication of digital images and the importance of the questions asked of the analyst during those investigations. It looks at how authentication software, such as Amped Authenticate has been designed with a structured workflow, to locate the puzzle pieces required to assist in answering those questions.
Read the full article here.
With the rise of the digital age can experts trust that photographic evidence is legitimate?
Sophie Garrod, from Police Oracle, writes about how a growing number of forensic and counter-terrorism units are getting on board with pioneering image authentication software.
Approximately a third of UK forces have invested in Amped Software products – including Amped Authenticate, an all in one computer programme which can detect doctored images.
Forensic image departments, counter-terrorism units, and government departments say they are saving time and money by sending detectives on a short training course in the software.
Read the full article here to learn more.
Acquiring evidence from a digital camera or a smartphone is more or less relatively easy to do. Images are usually in standard JPEG format and videos in MP4 or some other format that most players can read. But what is the best way to retrieve and handle CCTV footage to ensure it stands up to the scrutiny in the courtroom? There are numerous possibilities and it depends on where the video is actually recorded.
To learn more, read the article by Martino Jerian, Amped CEO and Founder, published in Lawyer Monthly.
The Amped Software team is in Rennes France this week for the 9th IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS) 2017.
WIFS is the primary annual event organised by the IEEE Information Forensics and Security (IFS) Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Its major objective is to bring together researchers from relevant disciplines to exchange new ideas and the latest results and to discuss emerging challenges in different areas of information security.
WIFS 2017 will feature keynote lectures, tutorials, and technical sessions. Topics of interest broadly include (but are not limited to): Forensics Analysis, Biometrics, Secure Communication, Multimedia Security, Information Theoretic Security, Cybersecurity, Hardware Security, Surveillance, Network Security, Applied Cryptography (See the Program of the week).
WIFS is one of the highest level conferences worldwide in the field of image authentication. Given that everything we do is backed by science, and that all new features and tools are based on scientific research, it’s very important for us to be present at events like this and also to be a sponsor of this event.
Amped Software is having a demo session today on Forensic Image and Video Enhancement and Authentication.
If you missed it, don’t worry! We will be around all day today and tomorrow too.
See you there!
Today we released an update to Amped DVRConv, the easiest way to convert videos from proprietary DVR formats.
We have been working on this update for some time and a few users have received beta updates in order to support formats that were urgently required. During this period we have re-engineered a good part of the architecture to improve stability, speed and format compatibility.
We recently announced the release of the latest version of Amped FIVE (10039) where we introduced a new operational mode through a panel called the “Assistant”.
The Assistant provides a set of predefined workflows which can be used to automate common operations or guide new users, but it’s not obtrusive. You can use it or not, and you can always add filters or do anything, as usual, it’s just an additional option.
We’ve created a video tutorial so you can see it in action. See below or watch on YouTube now!
We’ll be adding more videos to our YouTube channel soon, so follow us to get more videos like this.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Christmas is coming! To celebrate that Christmas is almost here we will share a daily tip and trick on how to authenticate your digital photo evidence with Amped Authenticate.
Follow us daily on our social networks in the month of December as we open the 24 doors of our Authenticate Advent Calendar. The countdown starts now!
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You can also visit our website daily as we open the doors of our Advent Calendar here.
With over 100 filters and tools in Amped FIVE, it’s easy to lose track of which filter does what. A lot of folks pass right by the Sparse Selector, not knowing what it does or how to use it. The simple explanation of the Sparse Selector’s function is that it is a list of frames that are defined by the user. Another way of explaining its use: the Sparse Selector tool outputs multiple frames taken from random user selected positions of an input video.
How would that be helpful, you ask? Oh, it’s plenty helpful. Let me just say, it’s one of my favorite tools in FIVE. Here’s why.
#1. – Setting up a Frame Average
You want to resolve a license plate. You’ve identified 6 frames of interest where the location within the frame has original information that you’re going to frame average to attempt to accomplish your goal. Unfortunately, the frames are not sequentially located within the file. How do you select (easily / fast) only frames 125, 176, 222, 278 314, and 355? The Sparse Selector, that’s how.
Martino Jerian, Amped CEO and Founder, examines context, content, and format of images. From the images and the context in which they are used we can obtain a lot of information that is not visible with the naked eye, and for what is visible with the naked eye, can we trust it? The process of authenticating an image is a mix of technical and investigative elements. This article looks at how to perform a complete image analysis.
Read the article published in the Digital Forensics magazine.
I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the most important Amped FIVE updates in years!
In this version, we have released a new operational mode in Amped FIVE through a panel called the “Assistant”. The concept is extremely simple but opens a world of possibilities. I had this idea during a meeting in the US about one year ago. I hacked a quick and dirty prototype in a couple of hours and showed it to a few users at the LEVA conference to gather feedback. From then on, we worked to improve it and prepare some scripts.
In the last few years, Amped FIVE has grown like crazy, with more than 100 filters for every kind of issue. It has been adopted by experienced analysts and beginners, and used on cases of local, national and international level.
This raised a few interesting challenges:
- With so many filters, how are you supposed to know the best tool to use in every case?
- How do you enforce your agency SOPs for specific needs and workflows?
- How do you easily help beginners and your new colleagues that are new to the job with the wealth of options available?
- How do you automate repetitive and boring tasks?
- How do you avoid human error with repeatable and documented practices?
We had a few ideas for a funny and helpful character.
Or maybe a more awesome classical wizard with its annoying modal interface.
Not really. The solution is much simpler.
Meet the Amped FIVE Assistant.