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UK police using technology from Waterloo forensics company

Magnet Forensics software will transform how London police investigate crimes, allowing non-technical investigators to analyze digital evidence on a user-friendly, cloud-based platform
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A local forensics company is revolutionizing how UK police investigate crimes. 

Waterloo-based Magnet Forensics, who develops digital investigation software for public safety organizations and enterprises, recently announced that they would be collaborating with London's Metropolitan Police Service (the Met).

Their cloud-based technology, Magnet REVIEW, will transform how London police investigate crimes with digital evidence from smartphones and computers.  

“Our collaboration with Magnet Forensics aims to ensure that digital evidence critical to investigations is reviewed in a simple, timely, effective and secure manner to ensure justice is achieved,” said Darren Scates, the Met’s Chief Technology Officer in a news release. “Our digital forensic evidence review process is undergoing a paradigm shift with the introduction of Magnet REVIEW."

Digital forensics labs are facing significant backlogs as digital devices and data become more relevant to investigations, and the highly technical nature of tools to examine that evidence limits the collaboration between digital forensic examiners and non-technical investigators, further delaying cases. 

“Time is lost in physically transporting devices, waiting for digital forensics specialists to become available to conduct an examination and for them to communicate the findings to the officer responsible for the investigation. This has led to significant backlogs that ultimately compromise the pursuit of justice,” said Magnet Forensics chief executive officer Adam Belsher.

However, their platform is user-friendly for non-technical investigators, and allows them to examine digital forensic evidence like photos, chat logs and documents online, collaborating with technical personnel remotely.

“Developed in concert with the Met, Magnet REVIEW enables investigators to remotely review critical digital evidence in their cases, leverage analytical tools to get to it faster, and collaborate with digital forensics labs and other stakeholders,” Belsher said. 

They expect the software will allow police to complete investigations up to three times faster and will reduce the risk of data corruption and breaches.


 

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