A UK digital forensics company has developed cutting edge technology to police to combat child pornography and terrorism.
Midlands-based Forensic Pathways has developed the innovative technology that can enable police to automatically identify illegal video content and digital images relating to child abuse or terrorism in a matter of seconds.
It will save them valuable time trawling through hours of material and will result in billions of videos and still images being generated and shared daily by police internationally for the first time ever.
Forensic Pathways this week signed a joined agreement with Icelandic company Videntifier Technologies to work together to supply the automatic video recognition software to the international market.
The global significance of this joint venture was highlighted by the presence of the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and the UK ambassador to Iceland, Ian Whitting, both of whom witnessed the signing of the agreement between the companies.
Both companies have invested and developed cutting edge technology that automatically identifies illegal video content and digital image, applicable to child abuse and terrorist material.
“Police authorities still work very locally and are isolated from each other, while the crime scene is very well connected, globally," says Herwig Lejsek, CEO of Videntifier Technologies, "Police efforts have been isolated because no tools have been available that can effectively handle large amounts of multimedia data in forensic investigations."
Dr. Richard Leary, MBE, of Forensic Pathways agrees
"Modern communication technology has resulted in billions of videos and still images being generated and shared daily. The challenge is the ability to use technology to automatically process enormous amounts of data and identify illegal content. This global venture provides the solution, speeding up investigation time and improving the working conditions for investigators, as well as ensuring the ability for cross border collaboration."
This joint venture follows on from a successful period of collaboration between Videntifier Technologies and Forensic Pathways Ltd which has seen sales in the UK growing significantly in the first quarter of 2012.
“The global significance of this joint venture is that it effectively fast tracks technologies designed to protect the vulnerable ie our children, along with all countries committed to the fight against global terrorism” says Deborah Leary, OBE, CEO of Forensic Pathways Ltd. “This joint venture will ensure a stronger presence in the worldwide market and ensure that innovation is not only achieved but that it actually reaches the communities it is designed to serve.”
In 2007, three Reykjavík University graduates and IRISA-CNRS in France founded Videntifier Technologies ehf. Videntifier Forensic, the company’s flagship product, has been developed to automatically identify the visual content of digital videos and images. The underlying technology builds on theoretical advances in large-scale databases for visual processing. Videntifier Forensic is a software service that assists police authorities in finding evidence on seized data storage in cases where e.g. terrorism, or copyright violations, or sexual abuse of children are being investigated.
Forensic Pathways Ltd UK
Forensic Pathways Ltd is an award winning international company recognised as a global lead in the development of forensic products and services in the area of criminal and business intelligence. The Company was incorporated initially in the UK in 2001. Forensic Pathways' client base is diverse, ranging from police through to government, security and business markets. Operating from the UK and Australia, the company has global distribution and in 2009 was awarded the National Business Award for Innovation for its unique technology, Forensic Phone Analyser, a technology to assist police in the management and analysis of mobile phone data.
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