A new high-tech innovation by a Birmingham firm is providing a key breakthrough in cross-border intelligence gathering and evidence management.
Longbridge-based Scyron’s new DEMON manager enterprise claims to overcome sharing large digital files such as CCTV and video for instant online intelligence gathering between law enforcement agencies for the first time.
The security and surveillance services company has launched its DEMON manager enterprise system to address sharing and managing intelligence between law enforcement services nationally and internationally.
It provides a breakthrough with the electronic sharing and management of information across borders, using ‘metadata’ that minimises bandwidth and storage.
The DEMON manager enterprise system has been created with a Microsoft framework and meets internationally-recognised evidence and intelligence management standards. Since 9/11 the effectiveness of traditional intelligence and evidence management confined largely to regional or national law enforcement services has been questioned.Following the success of Scyron’s DEMON manager workgroup (departmental intelligent evidence management system) in 2008, DEMON manager enterprise extends collaboration from within one law enforcement department to multiple departments for the first time – from volume crime through to dynamic intelligence gathering between international organisations.
This is achieved using Scyron’s metadata to categorise and manage the specific incidents – from video and CCTV to mobile phone footage.
Michael Wilks, CEO of Scyron, said: “DEMON manager enterprise is the direct result of two man years of R&D in collaboration with Microsoft and our international customers. The result is a solution for rapid, cross-border intelligence and evidence gathering for the first time.
“Mirroring the shift of emphasis from information held mainly within pockets of single law enforcement services, DEMON manager enterprise supports the focus on sharing information across multiple organisations, disciplines and continents, that leads to powerful clusters of expertise and intelligence.”
DEMON manager enterprise also has an ‘expert-system’ feature to overcome sharing more than 6,000 video formats that can slow an investigation. The system can learn a proprietary video format or recognise a particular video player and add this information to its common database. The next time the system sees that file format, it is configured automatically to play the file, saving time.
DEMON creates a digital bit-for-bit copy of video evidence, ensuring compliance with evidence laws in the UK and overseas.