Digital forensics technology developed by New Zealand police is on track to go global after having seen interest from the UK and US.
EVE (Environment for Virtualised Evidence) allows investigators to extract evidence from computers, phones and other digital devices by safely building an identical virtual representation of each gadget, preserving the data in its original form. EVE can also connect related evidence from other devices captured previously, analysing digital devices at a lower cost without compromising evidence.
First developed in 2007 by police, it has now been sold to tech company Wynyard Group, which has integrated it with its own criminal intelligence technology.
Wynyard Group now expects to commercialise Wynyard EVE and make it available in the UK, US and Australia by the end of the year.
A 2011 IBIS World report estimated the digital forensic services market in the US as being worth US$878 million ($1,070 million).
Police deputy commissioner operations, Mike Bush said it made sense to work with a company that had the expertise and resources to extend and enhance EVE both for New Zealand police and for law enforcement agencies in other countries.
“EVE was developed by our E-Crime team. It has garnered interest from police forces and governments around the world. By working with Wynyard Group we have ensured that EVE will continue to be a world-leading crime-fighting tool."