05 Feb

INTERPOL ENGAGE UK FORENSIC PATHWAYS IN DEVELOPMENT OF ‘SAFER INTERNET’ PROGRAMME

On ‘Safer Internet Day’ Forensic Pathways are delighted to announce that we, along with our strategic partners, Videntifier Technologies, based in Iceland, have been elected by Interpol and the European Commission to provide a new state of the art technology to help combat the sexual abuse of children as part of the ‘Safer Internet Programme’.  Criminal activities on the internet have increased significantly during the last decade, not least the sharing of and selling access to videos and images of sexually exploited children.  This 3 year project is supported by the Safer Internet Programme and serves three main actions required by Law Enforcement involved in child abuse cases:  victim identification, the enforcement of laws on the possession and distribution of child abuse videos and images, and an increase in detection power of child abuse content on networks.

Both companies have developed unique technologies in the field of image and video forensics and it is the bringing together of these two technologies which forms the basis for the forthcoming Interpol project.  Forensic Pathways patented technology ‘Forensic Image Analyser’ has the capacity to identify the actual camera or mobile phone that created a digital photograph and to also identify whether two or more digital images were taken by the same camera or mobile phone.  This technology which has already been used by agencies both in the UK and internationally has a significantly diverse range of applications from the investigation of child sex crimes through to terrorism, or issues relating to espionage and copyright theft.

Videntifier Technologies as part of the project will supply video and image identification technology that helps police authorities to find relations between individual video and image files by comparing their visual content.  In this way Interpol members will be able to automatically compare images across borders, processing 80,000 hours of video content or 20 million images at effectively instant speeds.

One of the Projects expected impacts on the global fight against child abuse will be an increase in the number of children rescued from situations of sexual abuse and more offenders brought to justice.  Furthermore, the project will reduce the number of hours investigators have to watch material in the process of investigation and therefore reduce prolonged exposure to potential damaging material.

The project also serves the internet industry enabling the industry to check image and video content uploaded to their servers against the Interpol reference database, thereby leading to a serious reduction in the distribution of child abuse material.

Ben Leary, Director of Global Operations for Forensic Pathways states ‘This project shows the power of collaboration across industries and across borders.  As a company we are committed to developing new technologies that are focussed on protecting the most vulnerable member of our society and we know that the best way to do this is to work collaboratively with other companies and relevant stakeholders.  It is fantastic that we have the opportunity to do this with our strategic partners in Iceland, Videntifier Technologies and that we are being entrusted to do this by Interpol’

This project follows on from a joint agreement signed between the two companies in 2012, the global significance of which 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.

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For further information contact:

Ben Leary, Director of Global Operations            Deb Leary, OBE, FRSA

Email:  ben.leary@forensic-pathways.com          Email:  deb.leary@forensic-pathways.com

Tel: 01827 255170                                                  Tel:  01827 255180

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