Mobile TraQ turns a smart phone into a single device for documenting the scene of a crime or other incident. An officer can, not only, take images and videos at the scene and record interviews, but s/he can dictate notes, evidence descriptions, and contact data for witnesses, victims, etc. The easy upload to QueTel’s state-of-the-art back end software, TraQ Suite, means that the images and videos are immediately available for review, along with automatically transcribed interviews, notes, and evidence descriptions.
What distinguishes Mobile TraQ, from any other similar smart phone applications, is its back end. Mobil TraQ makes it easy to collect evidence and dictate notes—no paper. The separate components of the back end, TraQ Suite, provide the most advanced features available for digital evidence management and physical evidence management—in a 100% browser, multi-tiered architecture. The significance of its design is the power it provides for configuring, customizing, and adding enhancements to Evidence TraQ and Digital TraQ.
The Digital TraQ component manages the life cycle of videos, audio recordings, and still images from authenticated upload, through processing and enhancement, to purging and or archiving. Not only is the upload of digital files quick and simple, but so are the tools to search and generate reports. It provides tools to transcribe interviews and correct transcription errors. It transcribes officer notes into a form that can be edited as the text of the incident or case report.
Other tools in Digital TraQ extract frames and segments from videos and provide redaction. The system provides options to analyze frames or images using built in tools to change/invert colors, provide gray scale, blurring, embossing, and edge detection. If these are not enough, it provides seamless integration with Photoshop and Adobe Premier. It keeps a chain of custody of all activity in the system involving each file and captures and stores each step in processing or enhancement of a file.
The Evidence TraQ component of the Suite manages the life cycle of physical evidence from seizure to disposition. Officers use a simple wizard to fill in mandatory fields that it would take too much time to collect at the point of seizure; package items; print barcodes and apply them to packages; note the locker where they are placed; and print or have sent to their emails receipts detailing what they have entered. All the property tech has to do is to quality check the submissions and put the items away. The evidence record displays the image taken of the item at the scene. It is backed up by a full chain of custody. At the system can make the process of disposing of unneeded evidence fully paperless.
TraQ Suite makes it easy for detectives to close the loop on using the evidence. It provides a single “portal” where all of the evidence, interviews, and report text can be viewed in one place. This simplifies the research needed to “make the case.”