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UK police using technology from Waterloo forensics company

Magnet Forensics software will transform the way the London police force investigates crimes and enable non-technical investigators to analyze digital evidence on an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform

A local forensics company is revolutionizing the way the British police investigate crimes.

Waterloo-based Magnet Forensics, which develops digital investigative software for public safety organizations and companies, recently announced a partnership with the London Metropolitan Police Service (the Met).

Their cloud-based technology, Magnet REVIEW, will transform the way London police investigate crimes with digital evidence from smartphones and computers.

“Our collaboration with Magnet Forensics aims to ensure that critical digital evidence is reviewed in a simple, timely, effective, and secure manner to ensure justice is achieved,” said Darren Scates, chief technology officer for the Met, in a press release. “Our digital forensic evidence review process is going through a paradigm shift with the introduction of Magnet REVIEW.”

Digital forensic laboratories are facing a significant backlog as digital devices and data become more relevant to investigations and the highly technical nature of the tools used to examine this evidence limits collaboration between digital forensic investigators and non-technical investigators, further delaying cases.

“Moving devices physically around means wasting time waiting for digital forensics specialists to be available for an investigation and sharing the results with the investigator. This has created significant backlogs that ultimately undermine the pursuit of justice, ”said Adam Belsher, Chief Executive Officer of Magnet Forensics.

However, their platform is easy to use for non-technical investigators, allowing them to examine digital forensic evidence such as photos, chat logs and documents online and collaborate with technical staff remotely.

“Magnet REVIEW was developed in partnership with the Met and enables investigators to remotely review critical digital evidence in their cases, use analytics tools to get to it faster, and work with digital forensic laboratories and other stakeholders,” said Belsher.

They believe the software will enable police to complete investigations up to three times faster and reduce the risk of data corruption and breach.

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