Thursday 9 July 2009
Scyron’s new DEMON manager enterprise overcomes issue of sharing large digital files such as video for instant online intelligence gathering between law enforcement agencies for the first time.
Scyron, the security and surveillance services company has launched today its DEMON enterprise system to address the problem of 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. Available immediately, 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 proprietary metadata to categorise and manage the specific incidents – from video and CCTV to mobile phone footage.
For example, DEMON manager enterprise would allow an Indian law enforcement agency to search for and find a video of a terrorism suspect logged with a law enforcement agency in London within seconds. Instead of searching the video, the officer searches the metadata which contains stills of images from the video together with text classifying its contents. On finding the information on the suspect, the full video can be transmitted. Alternatively, the officers in India may even schedule a download time so as not to consume bandwidth resources and inconvenience other officers using the network.
As metadata uses only 0.1% of the bandwidth of actual evidence such as large video files, DEMON manager enterprise provides a rapid means of narrowing down potential evidence. Previously collaboration between different organisations has been limited, as the only option was to download all potential evidence. DEMON manager enterprise opens up a new line of intelligence for far greater collaboration between different organisations as well as an electronic audit trail during major investigations.
Michael Wilks, CEO of Scyron commented, “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. Wilks added, “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.”
Also, DEMON manager enterprise has an ‘expert-system’ feature to overcome the issue of sharing over 6,000 different video formats that can slow down an investigation. For example, the system can learn a proprietary video format or to recognise a particular video player and add this information to its common database. The next time the system comes across that file format, it is configured automatically to play the file which saves time.
DEMON creates a digital bit-for-bit copy of the video evidence, ensuring compliance with evidence laws in the UK and overseas. Also, the software provides a secure and tamper-proof audit trail of evidence to comply with: the Data Protection Act; ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers); and MoPI (Management of Police Information) guidelines. Also, it can be configured for country-specific information management standards and rules.
Scyron developed the DEMON manager enterprise system using the Microsoft .NET framework including a SQL server database as a common standard on which to rapidly search, categorise and track multiple types of evidence.
Tim Bloechl, managing director, Public Safety and National Security at Microsoft commented, “Scyron has helped set the standard for global intelligence gathering and evidence management with DEMON manager enterprise edition. We believe DEMON will advance the way major international investigations are handled and make a significant contribution to improving safety and security.”
The DEMON manager enterprise system comprises a number of software modules that work independently as well as together to make the extraction, analysis, preparation and presentation of digital intelligence simple, easy-to-use, rapid and cost effective. It is encrypted securely over a Wide Area Network or the Internet.
Currently, existing DEMON manager evidence management systems are in use with law enforcement services in the US, the Netherlands and the UK including the following police services: Derbyshire; Greater Manchester; Northumbria; Humberside; Warwickshire; West Mercia; and West Midlands which helped in its development. Other Scyron software is in use in every UK police service.