Justifying Hardware Upgrades: Consider Your Workstation an Employee

Is your digital evidence workstation slowing you down? Chances are that if you do a considerable amount of transcoding/converting multimedia and it’s more than 3 years old, it is. When it comes to Digital Multimedia Evidence (DME) processing, time is of the essence…in more ways than one.

Forensic Processing Workstation

Ocean Systems Tower shown with optional Tableau Forensic Bridge

First, DME is unlike any other type of digital evidence, in that it is both TIME and RESOURCE dependant. While great strides have been made over the last few years with analysing DME at the bit/byte level, more often than not interpretations are based largely on what we see and/or hear at the file level with DME. Interpreting DME at the file level involves more variables than any other type of evidence, and the resources used to view your DME, both hardware and software, are critical.

CPU, RAM, GPU, VRAM, bus speeds, storage speed, drivers, filters, codecs, editors, players and more can all impact accurate presentation and interpretation of DME.

The other reason time is of the essence with DME is the same reason when processing other types of digital evidence; efficiencies. How much time is wasted by your workstation? How many hours per week is your workstation unavailable because it’s busy processing DME? Consider keeping notes on this, in order to provide a more actionable argument for upgrading or adding a new workstation.

Using some sample files, compare your workstation’s processing times to an upgraded or new workstation. In order to compare to the latter, we’d be happy test your sample files on one of our workstations. If you’re interested in this level of comparison, contact our sales staff and describe the tests you’ve done. If we’re able to compare apples-to-apples, we’d be happy to help.

Essentially, your workstation is an employee. Ocean Systems Forensic Workstations are used in digital evidence labs around the world because they’re powerful, application tested, customizable, and supported in-house.  Contact our sales staff today to learn more.  Call us at (301) 476-8015 option#2 or email sales@oceansystems.com

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