Now that 2016 is almost a quarter of the way done, it is long overdue for us to provide a quick update on what happened at DME Forensics over the past year and a look forward to what we have planned for the remainder of this year!
In early 2016 we welcomed audio and video forensics guru Brewster Rolland-Keith to the DME Forensics team as a Digital Forensics Engineer. Brewster (yes, that’s his first name) came to us from the Rocky Mountain Information Network where he spent over 6 years working with law enforcement working on over 300 felony cases. He holds a Forensic Video Analyst certification through LEVA. Prior to working with the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), Brewster worked as an Audio Installation Engineer, a Video Editor for an NBC affiliate, and the General Manager of his college’s student run television station.
As he moves into his new role as a Digital Forensics Engineer, Brewster is excited to be learning more about low level DVR analysis, programming, as well as expanding our capabilities in audio forensics and training. Brewster will continue to work out of sunny Arizona to give DME Forensics a presence on the west coast. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org!
After more than year of being our Forensic Technician and general jack of all trades, we said farewell to Kevin. In late 2015, Kevin left to pursue a career in graphic design and marketing. While he is sorely missed, we are glad to have had him on the team, and are excited to see him pursuing his passions.
Additionally in 2016, Emmanuel has joined our team as an Engineering Technician to assist us with the DVR Examiner engineering process.
With both Brewster and Emmanuel joining the team, we are looking forward to a great 2016 - with lots of updates for DVR Examiner!
We have been working hard the past few months on a new DME Forensics/DVR Examiner website and we are just putting the finishing touches on it. Once the new website is up and running, we will be following with an update to our Support Portal to make it easier to get valuable information for all of our products and services.
In total, we released 20 updates for DVR Examiner in 2015! Some highlights from these updates include:
- Support for 24 new Filesystems, adding support for both big name DVRs (Q-See, Night Owl, Digimerge, Hikvision, Speco, Samsung, etc), as well as a multitude of no name 'black box' DVRs. As of our next upcoming release (1.20.0) we will support more than 100 different DVR Filesystems in some capacity.
- Increased support for inaccessible (deleted) video recovery. We now support inaccessible recovery in more than 17 filesystems, with more being added regularly.
- Enhanced metadata recovery, including recording/clip types (continuous, motion or event recording) and camera name on supported filesystems.
In addition to support for new DVRs and additional recovery options, we have streamlined a lot of the backend processing for DVR Examiner. Some of these updates resulted in faster/more efficient scanning of DVRs, while others streamlined our ability to implement and release new DVR filesystems quickly.
DVR Examiner is in use by hundreds of local, state and federal agencies in more than 25 countries! We have also put together a team of more than 20 resellers in 30+ countries to make it easier for agencies to purchase internationally. Please contact us if you are looking for a reseller in your area, or if you would like to become a reseller. We will be publishing an updated list of our resellers on our new website!
If you are the curious and technical type, check out a copy of our release notes for the full list of updates made in 2015!
If you haven't had a chance to try out the new features, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial below!
DVR Examiner 2.0
We are currently compiling and reviewing the great feedback provided during our recent user survey. Some of this feedback we will be able to take action on quickly, while some of it will be incorporated into the next major release of DVR Examiner – Version 2.0.
One of the already obvious themes coming out of the survey is that overall our users are already very happy with DVR Examiner and the number of DVRs we support, but continuing to add more new and legacy DVRs is still a very highly requested item. A focus of DVR Examiner 2.0 will be to add additional features to the application, but rest assured, supporting DVRs that our users request is and always will be a priority for us.
We hope to announce more about DVR Examiner 2.0 soon!
In mid-2015 we announced the public beta of Vehicle Examiner, our software product for vehicle make/model determination. We received a lot of positive feedback from users during the beta, and will be working to improve the product in 2016 prior to release.
While the official beta is over, you can still sign up for an account and give it a try. Feel free to send us any feedback or comments you may have!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we introduce some updates to our course catalog and release the remainder of our 2016 training calendar! We will also be exhibiting and presenting at quite a few conferences this year! We will have the full schedule available soon, but some of the big shows this year are: MATIA, The National Cyber Crime Conference, Guidance Software’s enfuse, NATIA, Crimes Against Children Conference, LEVA, and the High Tech Computer Investigator Association (HTCIA) annual conference and more!
Throughout 2015 we continued to grow and expand our laboratory services. In 2015 we worked with multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of cases. We were also engaged by multiple civilian agencies to assist them and their clients with DVR Recovery and Video & Image Analysis work. As we head into 2016, we will continue to expand our offerings for both the criminal justice and civil litigation communities.