A new tool that lets frontline police officers detect illegal images
and other potential evidence stored on computer devices is now being
used by two British forces and being evaluated by two others.
SPEKTOR Forensic Intelligence allows an operator with just a few
minutes' training to find, preserve, and protect digital data in an
evidentially sound manner that complies with ACPO recommendations and
satisfies all legal requirements for any subsequent criminal or civil
Developed by leading forensic computing consultancy Evidence Talks, the
system has been specifically designed to help law enforcement officials
such as police and border patrol officers quickly retrieve data from
computers, hard drives, memory sticks, digital cameras, and other media
such as CDs and DVDs for subsequent examination by skilled forensic
By removing the need to have computer experts at the scene, it results
in huge savings in fees and traveling expenses.
The powerful, portable forensic triage solution consists of the SPEKTOR
Control Pod, which allows an officer to forensically wipe, verify, and
configure reusable Collectors that store a copy of any potential
evidence that may prove useful to an investigation.
Officers can quickly inspect and preserve images, PDFs, documents,
spreadsheets, browser histories, search records, e-mails, and Internet
chat logs without interfering with or contaminating the evidence. They
can even capture encrypted, password protected, and deleted files.
On Windows computers, SPEKTOR automatically extracts forensically useful
data from the registry, including profile settings, details of
previously-attached USB devices, recent file activity, network settings,
installed software, online storage details, auto-form details, and much
Data on the Collectors cannot be viewed or accessed by unauthorized
Fraud police raid commercial premises and the owner protests that taking
away his computer would cost him business. He threatens to sue.
Frontline officers use SPEKTOR to collect all the information they
require and allow the man to retain his equipment. Collector device
contains all the evidence the police need to mount a successful
prosecution at a later date.
Evidence Talks managing director Andrew Sheldon says, "This solution was
developed after long and detailed discussions with police officers and
other members of the law enforcement community, and it delivers exactly
what they wanted.
For further information or to arrange a demonstration, call Andrew
Sheldon at 0845 125 4400, visit www.evidencetalks.com or email