Smartphones, tablets and computers routinely contain evidence related to common crimes, from theft to fraud to homicide. The average leadtime for processing digital evidence varies from weeks to months depending on the availability of skilled forensic resources. Digital forensics laboratories are overwhelmed, while investigators sometimes must wait months for critical digital evidence to be processed. This seriously delays the prosecution process.
Innovative solutions are required to cope with the increasing amount of digital evidence in order to speed up the prosecution process. This project aims at two innovations for the investigation domain: a new way of working and a new support model called the Digital Evidence Dashboard (DED). The innovation focuses on better process support and collaboration. Together with end users (detectives and experts) new processes will be developed including a specification of the functionalities that are required in the DED. The current Tracks Inspector platform will be used as a solid base for the DED.
The DED supports users with the creation of scenarios and hypotheses about evidence units in order to enable a step-by-step validation. The collaboration between users and hand-over of evidence, will benefit from a better recording of intermediary results.
The DED will provide technology assistance on critical analysis and scenario-based thinking (What type of visualisation is appropriate for large datasets?), with decision support (When to escalate to a digital forensics expert?) and with the modelling and formal description of user, crime and evidence profiles (How can knowledge be modelled?). TNO has significant experience here from previous projects in other domains (Policing, Firefighting and Military) and will use this experience in the design of the platform.
Another improvement can be found in the redesign of working processes and collaboration. In-pact has the experience that is required to manage this process. All stakeholders (management, digital forensics experts and detectives) must be involved in order speed up and also improve working processes. A transformation in both working culture and processes is required as well as a closer collaboration between experts and detectives. The new Digital Evidence Dashboard in Tracks Inspector provides a platform to support the necessary collaboration. Several users from Special Law Enforcement Agencies are involved in the designing of the Digital Evidence Dashboard.
Current Status April 2015: First Proof of Concept
On the 20th and 21st of April 2015, nine representatives of investigative agencies have stated their opinion about the concepts of the Digital Evidence Dashboard. This took place at the TNO usability lab in Soesterberg. The project members of TNO guided the participants through the developed concepts, supported by the project members of Tracks Inspector and In-pact. Read More >
Consortium Partners of Digital Evidence Dashbord
Several users from Special Law Enforcement Agencies are involved in the designing of the Digital Evidence Dashboard.
For more information, please contact:
Project manager: John Rassin
+31 6 22 54 56 73
This project is co-financed by the HSD Development Fund from the City of The Hague