Monday, April 28, 2008

Image Forensics: Good Practices

The Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT) has released drafts of two new "good practices" documents for image forensics, titled "Best Practices for Forensic Photographic Comparison" and "Digital Imaging Technology Issues for the Courts".

These drafts, along with previously released good practices documents from SWGIT and other organizations, can be found on the IAI (International Association of Identification) website at this link.

(Hat Tip: MB)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Acoustics: Mosquito comes to the USA

You might recall some of my previous posts (here and here) about the Mosquito tone - the high pitched tone that teenagers can hear but adults cannot. It was introduced as an anti-loitering feature in various European CCTV systems. The system operator could activate the annoying tone to drive away "hoodies" from the general area of a security camera in a mall, for example. Teenagers then exploited the technique against adults by making it into a ringtone for their cell (mobile) phones so that (adult) teachers could not hear the ring or text message notification in class.

The latest development is that the security implementation of the technology has undergone another evolutional generation and is being introduced into the US market. The company's Powerpoint presentation provides additional insight, even though one point it makes is entirely inaccurate - the latest version of the Mosquito system measures the ambient sound level and adjusts the level that it plays the annoying tone to be 5 dB (decibels) above the ambient, which, contrary to what the presentation claims, is not the same as being the level of a whisper. I think I understand what they were trying to get across with this point, but the way it is stated is inaccurate and misleading.

This is a controversial, yet ingenious use of technology and biology. We are sure to hear more about this in the weeks and months to come.

(Hat tip: boingboing)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

History: FBI updates website in preparation for its centinial

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has updated its website in preparation for marking the one hundredth anniversary of its establishment on July 26th, 2008. They have added some fascinating articles on famous cases of forensic and historical interest. Enjoy!

(Hat tip to Government Computer News)