Ikena Forensic. What happened, clarified.
Seeing is believing. Ikena Forensic enhances video from any source to clarify the critical question: What happened? With Ikena Forensic, analysts can quickly and easily identify important details like faces and the make/model of cars to produce forensically valid evidence. Now, decision makers like judges and juries can clearly see the facts that only experts could discern before.
Ikena Forensic is currently used in law enforcement, commercial security, intelligence, test & measurement and transportation.
A Montana State Trooper was killed during a high-speed pursuit of a suspect on a Montana highway. The suspect fled the scene.
Ikena Forensic enabled analysts to stabilize the shaky, blurred video retrieved from the trooper’s mounted dashboard camera. Using an overlay from a still photograph taken at the scene, MotionDSP engineers clearly proved what happened: The suspect’s car was driving on the wrong side of the road when it clipped an oncoming truck. This action forced the truck to veer into the trooper’s car, resulting in the state trooper’s death. Ikena also clarified the image of the suspect’s car, aiding in identifying the make and model so the suspect could be identified.
While the case is ongoing, MotionDSP provided a strong lead in the search for the suspect and enabled the police to use the crude VHS tape from the on-board camera as forensic evidence to prove that the suspect's illegal actions directly caused the death of the state trooper.
Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) had surveillance video of a suspect’s vehicle passing a security camera. Although the vehicle was in clear view, the letters on the license plate were unreadable....
Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) had surveillance video of a suspect’s vehicle passing a security camera. Although the vehicle was in clear view, the letters on the license plate were unreadable.
At a training session, a NCIS analyst used Ikena Forensic to reconstruct the characters on a license plate using Ikena’s super-resolution (which combines the best information from multiple frames of video) and MotionDSP’s patented de-interlacing algorithm. Immediately, the license plate characters were visible.
With the license plate details in hand, the Navy was able to conduct a database search that led to a positive ID of the perpetrator.
Shoplifting and employee theft cost US businesses billions of dollars annually. Retailers maintain a database of known thieves and shoplifters, and keep photos of the individuals. They compare surveillance images with...
Shoplifting and employee theft cost US businesses billions of dollars annually. Retailers maintain a database of known thieves and shoplifters, and keep photos of the individuals. They compare surveillance images with their photo database of known shoplifters, and if a match is found, they must quickly pass the image to local law enforcement so the suspected shoplifter can be apprehended before leaving the area. Speed is of the essence.
The challenge is that surveillance images need to be high quality in order to be matched accurately to the database, and the quality of images from retail security cameras (also known as CCTV cameras) can vary significantly due to the camera’s location, resolution, and the movement of the individual.
MotionDSP’s Ikena Forensic software is able to significantly increase the fidelity of images captured from video so the clearest image can be matched to the database and given to law enforcement. Employee spots suspected shoplifter. Security staff use Ikena to quickly extract a high quality still image and verify a positive match. Security immediately gives the image to law enforcement so they can apprehend the suspect.
Shoplifters who might not otherwise be caught and convicted will be stopped, preventing further loss. Law enforcement does not typically have the resources to apply video forensic services to non-violent crimes. Stores help the police take shoplifters off the street by providing them with high-quality evidence. Stop one or two shoplifters and the software pays for itself.
Ikena Forensic reduces the time needed to enhance a video from hours to seconds, while its fully automated pipeline, MD5-hashing, and reporting features allow for accurate and easily reproducible results. Built on top of an extensible DirectShow video framework, Ikena Forensic is able to process the widest variety of video formats. Additional features include an intuitive interface, automatic pre-built and user-defined presets, one-click auto settings, live enhancement previews, and seamless report generation. Ikena Forensic even allows you to adjust settings while videos are being made. Training takes less than an hour.
Ikena reduces the time required to enhance a video from hours to seconds, which is why it has been adopted by many of the world’s leading video forensic labs, including the US Secret Service, London Met Police, as well as the US Intelligence Community and DoD customers. It has been used successfully in prosecuting cases in both US and UK courts.
See the following training video (skip to 60 seconds) for a demonstration of Ikena's automated processing with presets.
Competitive video clarification tools employ manual frame-averaging tools that require hours of manual work by highly trained experts. Ikena Forensic’s super-resolution delivers faster, superior results in far less time by weighing good data over "bad" for smooth, noise-less reconstruction. Even better, it does so automatically in one single click using mathematical algorithms that are precisely reproducible every time. No advanced training or forensic expertise necessary.
See what Ikena Forensic's super-resolution filter does to noise in this video. (Skip to 2 minutes, 8 seconds)
Ikena Forensic’s stabilization algorithm leverages "MotionDSP’s accurate multi-frame motion estimation from up to 31 video frames to robustly stabilize video, even from high-jitter sitations such as vehicle-mounted or UAS/drone video cameras.
See Ikena Forensic's stabilization in action (before/after).
Blurring occurs due to the low-pass nature of a video camera's optical system and compression. Rudimentary sharpening tools sharpen edges but increase noise. Ikena Forensic’s sophisticated deblurring filter (bilateral total variation) sharpens images and preserves detail without increasing noise.
Analog NTSC and PAL interlaced video systems are still widely used. Effective fusion of odd and even interlaced fields can effectively double resolution, if motion can be handled properly. Ikena Forensic's patented de-interlacing algorithm can robustly fuse the two interlaced fields with any sort of motion, resulting in a single progressive image without artifacts.
See how Ikena Forensic was used to restore a historic video interview of Steve Jobs.
Ikena Forensic extracts details from poorly lit video with advanced tools such as locally adapted histogram equalization, and dynamic/automatic light and color (which adjusts on-the-fly during your video to adapt to changing lighting conditions. In addition, Ikena includes industry-standard controls such as light and contrast, shadows/highlights, gamma, color saturation, and color temperature.
But it is the pairing of these tools with Ikena's super-resolution algorithm that is truly powerful: by combining lighting enhancements with the super-resolution algorithm's ability to reconstruct without noise, Ikena Forensic is able to output an image that has a quality comparable to images created with a longer exposure time.
Import digital video from any source. Quickly enhance videos using Ikena’s presets and one-click “auto settings” or via the fine tuning controls. Export enhanced videos, snapshot images and auto-generated reports.
Enhancing videos in Ikena consists of these simple steps:
- Drag and drop your video file into Ikena
- Choose the moment your want to enhance
- Select a preset, or use “Auto Settings”
- Click “Live Preview” to review results
- Click to create and save an enhanced high-res image or video
Ikena Forensic has been designed to process video—and help you get through your workload—fast. Ikena Forensic is optimized for multi-core AMD and Intel CPUs, and Ikena Forensic Pro features GPU-acceleration for incredibly fast video processing using NVIDIA GPUs.
Ikena Forensic Pro includes all the features of Ikena Forensic, plus the optional Evidence Spotlight tool, and is ideal for applications that require processing long video files as quickly as possibleg. By leveraging the enormous compute power in modern graphic cards (GPUs), Ikena Forensic Pro can process forensic video up to 10 times faster than the Ikena Forensic running on a high-end Quad-core CPUs.
|Feature||Ikena Forensic||Ikena Forensic Pro|
Fully-automated video forensic solution
|Optimized for multi-threaded CPUs||Y||Y|
|GPU-accelerated video processing (up to 10 times faster than a Quad-core Inel CPU)||N||Y|
|GPU-accelerated video encoding||N||Y|
|Up to 4 simultaneous video workspaces||N||Y|
|Evidence Spotlight tool||$2000 bundle with Ikena Forensic||Included|
For more information on how to get the most out of Ikena, see our system requirements page.
Ikena's Evidence Spotlight Tool simplifies the task of preparing video evidence for presentation in court by automating the process of highlighting or obscuring subjects in the scene. Using MotionDSP’s proprietary object-tracking technology, Ikena Evidence Spotlight is able to track selected individuals and objects as they move around the scene, saving you hours manual labor setting individual key frames (key frames can still be set manually, if desired).
Ikena Evidence Spotlight is available as a stand-alone product, or an add-on option to Ikena Forensic, and comes bundled with Ikena Forensic Pro (at no additional charge).