22 Feb

Joint venture between UK and Iceland sees global fight against child abuse and terrorism


Reykjavík, February 21, 2012

Today sees the launch of a new global venture and investment between Forensic Pathways Ltd (UK) and Videntifier Technologies ehf (Iceland), both of whom are known for innovation in the digital forensic market. This joint venture involves a major investment by both companies in bringing together and exploiting their 21st century technology to combat child pornography and terrorism. The new company will be headquartered in London with offices in Reykjavik, Iceland, Perth, Australia, Asia and North America.

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.”

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