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A new Unified Digital Evidence (UDE) software technology solution has been introduced for law enforcement agencies and criminal prosecutors – moving beyond body camera video to include jail calls, interviews, interrogations, dispatch calls, dash-cam videos and more. Vū Digital’s software technology will help police and prosecutors better capture and manage video and audio evidence in criminal cases.
Last summer, the video metadata company rolled out its video and audio management simplification tool for use by local law enforcement agencies and police officers outfitted with body cameras. The completely transcribed and searchable video review tool effectively eliminates the need for law enforcement professionals and prosecutors to pore through hundreds of hours of video and audio produced daily by police officers who wear body cameras while on patrol.
“For every hour of recorded digital evidence, officers and prosecutors spend almost as much time managing and reviewing that evidence, nearly doubling their workload and potentially delaying the administration of justice,” said Wade Smith, vice president of operations for Vū Digital.
Vū uses advanced algorithms to decipher and tag data. The software breaks video into frames and then analyzes each frame for faces, text and audio and tags and time-stamps all of the metadata, according to prnewswire.
With the capture and use of digital evidence rising, law enforcement professionals have found themselves responsible for requesting, organizing, and managing digital evidence from multiple vendors. Smith said UDE removes the administrative burdens facing police officers, investigators, prosecutors, and district attorneys.
One of the key features of the new technology is that it makes all types of video and audio files completely searchable. UDE gives police a comprehensive, automated solution to upload, organize, analyze, review and share digital evidence of all types. Law enforcement agencies no longer need to burn CDs, physically transport or mail discs to the requesting party. With UDE, individuals simply upload digital evidence directly to a secure online account where case management has never been easier, simpler, or more convenient.
“We quickly realized that law officials are not only unable to review the voluminous amount of digital evidence flooding their offices, but they are also ill-prepared to manage and organize the evidence,” said, Greg Sandifer, global direct salesperson for Vū Digital. “We began adapting our technology to deliver law enforcement agencies and prosecutors a dynamic solution that will meet the challenges presented by the ever-changing digital evidence landscape.”
The company’s core technology includes splitting a video into two components: audio and video frames. Both components are then processed using automated speed recognition (ASR), text extraction from images and facial and image recognition. The output is metadata that includes time-stamped references to individual frames. This industry-first approach enables video classification/clustering, search engine indexing etc.