Technology of the 21st Century has basically changed the nature of what prosecutors are able to present as evidence in court. Physical evidence items—guns, tools fingerprints, blood, and rolls of celluloid—have been augmented by DNA and digital evidence. Digital TraQ addresses the latter--images from digital cameras, video surveillance, body worn camera videos, audio recordings, and videotaped interviews.
The ease of generating digital evidence has overwhelmed the capabilities to manage it. Some agencies burn digital evidence to DVDs for submission to and storage by evidence custodians. When needed by investigators, prosecutors, or the defense, it is necessary to pull, copy, and refile . . . multiple times, sometimes including replacing misplaced disks. In the effort to avoid hard media some agencies copied to a server, but digital files are hard to find, as indexing for easy searching is primitive at best.
In addition to being time consuming, one way or another, such storage was forensically unsound and subject to challenge, as well as lacking in permanence. How could prosecutors prove that no one had tampered with the evidence or that it was a true copy of the original? DVD’s tend to deteriorate after a period of time, so the evidence may not be there, even, though the disk is there.
Digital TraQ helps manage the digital evidence deluge, by making it easy for officers to upload all types of digital evidence; insuring file integrity; making files easily to search and share; as well as providing optional tools to process the evidence for analysis and presentation to court. In minutes, officers can add metadata and upload files. The system automatically checks for originality and authenticates files. Investigators, even prosecutors, can search files on any of the configurable metadata tags. Among other optional features is the ability to securely share files with prosecutors and the public.