On June 22nd, the research project LASIE, funded by the European Commission under FP7, presented a workshop in London, hosted by London’s metropolitan police (Scotland Yard), where the achievements of this project where displayed for selected end-users.

The LASIE project develops innovative technology to assist forensic analysts in the investigation of large-scale criminal investigations, by developing tools to automatically manipulate, analyse and fuse vast amounts of heterogeneous data acquired from different sources including CCTV surveillance content, confiscated desktops and hard disks, mobile devices, Internet, social networks, handwritten and calligraphic documents. The type of data considered includes text, images, video, and audio in multiple formats. All data is processed taking into account the relevant legal and ethical framework, utilizing a privacy-by-design approach, ensuring the resulting data can be used as digital evidence in a court of law.

LASIE and FORENSOR share the same goals – to provide innovative tools to law enforcement agencies and to assist the criminal investigations process from evidence acquisition to presentation in a court of law, while observing strict compliance with legal and ethical standards with regards to the privacy of citizens.

During the LASIE workshop, the partners involved in both projects – VisionWare and CERTH – contacted end-users directly and presented the FORENSOR project, which targets the same law-enforcement agencies as LASIE. There was some very positive feedback from the law enforcement agencies, which are looking for new means to reinforce their surveillance means, and from the judicial agents, who manifested interest in the methods used by FORENSOR to guarantee digital evidence integrity from acquisition to the presentation in court.