Forensic Image Clarification
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been handed a horrible surveillance photograph, or an extremely grainy video of an armed robbery, and was expected to use it as evidence to solve a crime. I’d have been better off taking a page from a mug shot book and tossing a dart at it. The guy’s photo it stuck, well, he’d have to be the crook of the day.
Fortunately, technology exists to clean up and clarify those awful images. Products such as Ocean System’s dTective ClearID v. 20 system are a wonderful addition to any forensic investigator’s toolbox. Clear ID is actually a forensic plugin for Adobe Photoshop that’s nondestructive to the original piece of evidence.
dTective Clear ID can be used to enhance any video from any souce and is used by many law enforcement agencies across the country, such as the FBI, CIA, DEA, and many local departments.
Fox 9 News Report, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Larry Johnson demultiplexes video to solve a robbery.
…The FBI, HCA and the Minneapolis Police Department all use this new technology…
Ohio Organized Crime, Columbus, 10TV News
Ohio University Campus, Rapist Captured Using ATM Video
dVeloper® frame averaging used to clarify the licence plate in only
7 minutes. With this evidence, the suspect took a plea deal. He is now
serving 30 years behind bars.
Detective Josh Hudson, “most of the people don’t want to contest the video evidence because it speaks for itself… It doesn’t lie.”
Last year they worked over 500 cases.
* Thanks to Ocean Systems