Information Assurance in a Distributed Forensic Cluster

The Golden Hour

The term 'Golden Hour' is used in a number of fields. In medicine, it refers to a period of  time in which, if aid is available and administered, there is a much greater chance of survival and recovery. In Law Enforcement the Golden hour represents a period of time in which there is the highest chance of discovery of evidence and initiation of actions that will lead to a successful conclusion to an incident.

From the Thames Valley Police "Crime Scene Management: A Guide for Licencees" 

"The key to the successful investigation is the gathering and securing of evidence – both in terms of being able to accurately establish what has happened and then in support of any subsequent legal proceedings. Because of this, the first 60 minutes following an offence are crucial in preserving evidence – a concept referred to as the golden hour principle – the more time that passes, the more likely it is that evidence is going to be lost, compromised or destroyed."

More and more crime has a digital element. Suprisingly, the growth of computing power has not increased our ability to process it in a timely manner. Data volume has outstripped processing power by many fold. The volume of data is so great that even with more powerful processors it takes us longer to perform automatic processing. 

This has lead to the loss of the ability to exploit the Golden Hour in the digital environment. Current computing architectures cannot provide the processing power and so we chose to explore the opportunities increasingly offered by distributed processing and System On a Chip devices such as the Cortex A7.

Horizon 2020

"Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market." 

More information here

We intend to submit a bid proposal under section 

FCT-2-2015 Forensic topic 2: Advanced easy to use in-situ forensic tools at the scene of crime.

"A multi-analytical platform integrating different techniques should be proposed in  order to achieve better strategies for gathering and analysing evidence in the field of  forensic  research.  Relying  on  knowledge-based  fields  such  as  artificial intelligence, machine learning, different procedures, tools and algorithm should be developed within this platform."

More information here

We are currently building a consortium from across the EU. If you are interested in being part of this , contact us via email using