The Spirit of Blue Foundation has awarded a copy of the Amped Five Professional forensic image and video enhancement software to the Revere (Mass.) Police Department as one of its 2013 safety grants.
The foundation presented the software to Chief Joseph Cafarelli and Patrolman David Wilson on April 25 at the Revere Police Headquarters. The software will be utilized by investigators in their daily work and on major cases.
Amped Software played an instrumental and unsung role in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation by providing free access to investigative units for use of this software tool and by coding new custom applications to allow investigators to work with the specific video data formats that were being provided by the public.
"Just days after the bombing, law enforcement had tens of thousands of hours of cell phone and CCTV footage to comb through," said Todd Parola, Spirit of Blue's chairman. "Without a tool like Amped Five Professional that footage could have been rendered unusable. As we know now, law enforcement's ability to enhance and analyze that footage brought about the crucial break in identifying the suspects in the case."
Amped Software develops tools for the analysis, enhancement, and authentication of digital images and video for forensic, security and investigative applications. The Spirit of Blue Foundation works nationally to support the law enforcement community through the award of safety equipment grants, funded by private and corporate donations.