Wynyard Group has entered into a landmark agreement to commercialise New Zealand Police developed digital forensics technology for the global law enforcement and intelligence market.
Developed in 2007, New Zealand Police technology called EVE (Environment for Virtualised Evidence) allows enforcement officers to rapidly analyse seized electronic goods such as mobile phones, PCs and other storage devices for evidence and intelligence. It does this by creating a virtual copy of the device and presenting the data to officers to view and search whilst still preserving all of the data in its original form.
Wynyard Group CEO, Craig Richardson, said the EVE technology greatly improves the efficiency and effectiveness of those gathering data from the devices, which ultimately results in a much faster time taken to gather vital evidence against criminals.
“The New Zealand Police is leading the world in digital forensics with its EVE technology. It has solved a growing problem - the cost effective, rapid, forensically safe capture, processing and search of digital evidence from seized mobile and storage devices,” said Richardson.
Wynyard Group specialises in intelligence-led, risk management solutions for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption. The company has bought EVE from the New Zealand Police and integrated it with Wynyard’s powerful criminal intelligence technology.
“Together with the New Zealand Police, we’ve developed a game changing product for the billion dollar global cyber crime, forensic imaging, validation and analysis market,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Operations, Mike Bush said it made sense for Police to work with a company that has the expertise and resources to extend and enhance EVE both for the 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."
Based in New Zealand with offices in six countries, Wynyard Group has a growing arsenal of intelligence and investigations software. It also has a proven track record in commercialising precision law enforcement software, most recently an investigations case management solution with the Australian Federal Police which is now used in the fight against organised crime, counter terrorism and covert operations by more than 50 agencies around the world.
IBIS World report the Digital Forensic Services Market1 in the United States alone is estimated at $878 million (NZ$1,070 million).
Wynyard Group has received support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to grow its advanced crime fighting business in the United States later this year.
“Collaboration is crucial in terms of driving export revenue growth, and NZTE congratulates Wynyard Group and New Zealand Police for their partnership,” says NZTE Chief Executive Peter Chrisp.
“Wynyard Intelligence and Wynyard EVE are not only exciting products in high growth markets, but it reinforces that there is a growing, world-class security technology industry in New Zealand.”
Wynyard Group expects to make Wynyard EVE available in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia by late 2012.