The Digital Evidence Management market is making large strides, and is projected to reach $8.4 Billion by 2023. With so many vendors in this space though, how do you cut through the noise and choose the solution that works best for you? A firm set of requirements is a good start, although it's also good to know what's on the market, and what each particular vendor's strengths are. This goes a long way to not only addressing your immediate requirements, but also adding value in terms of knowing the future possibilities that the software brings.
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You've hopefully read our eBook on Digital Evidence Management for Police; FotoWare was born out of the digitalization of the photo section of a leading Norwegian newspaper back in 1997, where rapid development and use of digital media resulted in greater needs for managing the increased number of digital media files. Newspapers tend to work with large numbers of images, often presented as RAW images, so systems need to not only be able to handle large numbers of files, but also allow users to create workflows. Good examples of workflows include, but aren't limited to; upload fields with customisable metadata, ability to download files in different renditions, a filter structure (taxonomies) for sorting files into their respective categories, adding annotations to images, and the ability to share files, both internally and externally. Workflow possibilities like this are critical to any law enforcement organisation that has the need to ingest and distribute multiple assets, ensuring that files are seen all the way through from A (Camera) to Z (Court).
Being able to sort and categorize files according to hundreds of different forms of metadata is valuable to any organisation. You can add metadata such as special instructions and expiry dates to images, so that they not only contain the correct information, but are easily searchable and accessible later. Once inside an archive, users will hopefully notice that recently uploaded images appear at the top - this means that users, who have access to these archive in question, can see new and fresh images as they come in, without losing total control over the overall images. You can then create albums for sharing, in order to aid investigations, which can be made available for users that would otherwise be restricted from accessing certain archives.
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As the web and associated applications have also developed, the need for integrations has arisen in tact with this development. For this reason, FotoWare has developed robust APIs for integrating the DEM system to other systems such as Case Management and Records Management systems, giving our customers the ability to integrate their DEM into their wider digital ecosystems. A good example of how we support our customers includes the integration with SiraView, for easy playback of CCTV images in the video player. These video clips can even be downloaded and shared.
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Our partners have also developed a range of useful features, functions and integrations for our customers. These include Bandwidth Support, PDF+ (for creating PDFs from a collection of images), end-to-end encryption when uploading images, and audit trails & notifications. These features add to the security, stability and scalability of the solution.
Did you know that FotoWare was also named a Top 3 Major Key Player in the DEM industry, and that we're one of only a handful of providers in the DEM space that has designed annotations specifically for Digital Evidence Management and presentation in court? You can be rest assured that we're a reliable partner, with strong workflow and integration capabilities, backed up by a network of experienced resellers with decades of experience in law enforcement.