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Computer investigational tool for image recognition

LTU Technologies : 29 April, 2008  (New Product)
Image and video recognition tools in LTU-Finder enables computer forensics personnel to combat child abuse.
LTU Technologies has announced the release of LTU-Finder v3.0, a breakthrough tool for image and video recognition in the field of computer forensics.

LTU-Finder 3.0 was unveiled this morning at Guidance Software's Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC) taking place from April 27 - 30, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Offered as a trusted plug-in to Guidance Software's EnCase, the industry-standard computer forensic tool among law enforcement, government and legal professionals, LTU-Finder reduces the time required to identify and review relevant image and video files collected during a digital investigation.

Likewise, to help users obtain relevant reference data LTU is authorized to share the child porn "DNA" reference set of a major Federal law enforcement agency.

LTU-Finder combines LTU's powerful image and video content recognition technology with Guidance Software's industry-standard computer and enterprise investigation capabilities to increase the speed and scope of forensic and legal investigations as well as e-discovery. Today's unveiling of LTU-Finder includes enhanced image and video recognition capabilities and introduces text data identification tools that further automate large-scale file searches in the legal, e-discovery and law enforcement fields. LTU's products have been exploited by law enforcement agencies and police forces worldwide to find and fight criminal activity such as copyright infringement and DNAs of all images related to child abuse investigations.

The rise of video evidence poses a difficult challenge to forensic investigators because identifying relevant video evidence requires a time-intensive, manual review. LTU-Finder improves the speed and accuracy of forensic investigations by automating the review process using video frame segmentation and extraction. This allows the visual components of a video to be summarised as a series of keyframes, and eliminates the need for a person to review the entire video. Once extracted, these frames can also be automatically classified to identify illicit material or revealing evidence.

LTU-Finder also includes automatic document identification tools that separate relevant scanned documents, like e-faxes, from other content such as personal photos or web graphics. Automating this process eliminates the need for legal and enterprise professionals to click through files one by one, and reduces the amount of data that needs to be processed and stored during the e-discovery process.

"There is nothing more valuable in the legal and law enforcement industry than time, and there is nothing more time-consuming than an investigation that requires the manual review of suspicious images and videos," said Alexandre Winter, CEO and co-founder of LTU Technologies. "LTU-Finder is a groundbreaking technology for the law enforcement, legal and e-discovery industries because it automates and speeds up the review process and can quickly flag, match and sort videos and images, and identify scanned documents. We believe our technology is a critical tool for these professionals because it gives them additional time to focus on their investigations, to hopefully solve cases more quickly then ever before."

LTU-Finder makes use of the same core Image DNA technology offered in its flagship multimedia content control solutions. All relevant information about images and videos is indexed within a digital signature, or "image DNA", that examines each pixel of an image in order to identify the key visual features. Additionally, LTU-Finder, like all of LTU's offerings, has the ability to identify duplicated and modified images and flag and match images against those in centralized databases or from case data files.

Highly scalable, built upon a flexible architecture, and using a unique and powerful core set of pixel analysis algorithms, LTU's product are capable of automating and optimizing the control of digital images and videos, regardless of their format, resolution, origin or environment. LTU's product lineup includes moderation software, investigative platforms, forensics and eDiscovery tools, as well as a technology platform.
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