Eric Silva

            Supporting the Needs of Modern Policing                    Announcing Hitachi Digital Evidence Management (HDEM)

Blog Post created by Eric Silva Employee on Sep 19, 2018

Digital technology is impacting our safety in a variety of ways, both for the good and bad. Thanks to affordable high quality mobile phones and security cameras, we can catch criminals in the act providing valuable digital evidence for law enforcement. Utilizing all this new digital evidence to prosecute criminals helps make our communities safer.

On the other hand some bad actors turn technology against us to create crime, it's called cybercrime. Unfortunately cybercrime is on the rise. Cybercrime is bi-partisan, it spares no one in the digital world. You probably know someone or perhaps yourself have been a victim of cybercrime. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts the impact of cyber crime is predicted to cost about $6 Trillion by 2021, that's double from 2015's estimated costs. In 2021 cyber crime would represent more trade value than the entire illegal worldwide drug market. Certainly cybercrime is a major new threat to all our safety and well being and we all hope the police or someone is doing something about it.


The obvious truth evident in our news headlines and own personal experiences, is that technology and innovative criminals continue to create tremendous challenges for policing organizations worldwide. They need to fight this new and fast growing cybercrime and at the same time learn to manage new types and massive quantities of digital evidence. Police agencies are being forced to become digital media experts in order to sift through and eventually leverage the massive amounts of digital evidence available to them. Digital evidence is coming from everywhere and everyone, witness and victim mobile phones, social media, dash and body cams, security cameras, tasers, cyber crimes, the list goes on. All this digital evidence is critical to manage effectively and efficiently while keeping up with privacy and compliance regulations.


Police today need to capture, attain, ingest, manage and analyze all this digital evidence. And they need to do it as fast and accurately as possible, since people's lives and property are at stake. Most of the data is captured and stored in separate and disparate data capturing technologies and locations. Collecting the potential digital evidence itself is often a time consuming and mundane, administrative task with little policing or community value. Yet collecting and managing evidence must be done with utter most urgency. If managed and used effectively by police, digital evidence not only helps solve crimes and convict criminals, but through advanced analytics and threat analysis, it can help establish evidence patterns and even prevent future crimes. On the flip side, if a police force can't keep up with the tidal wave of digital evidence, it creates evidence management bottlenecks that slow justice, the prosecution of crime and eventually make communities less safe than they need to be. What is needed is a data agnostic, format and file type agnostic digital evidence management platform that is easy to use. It needs to scale and perform at the highest levels for the largest of communities and police forces yet remain affordable.

That's where Hitachi Digital Evidence Management (HDEM) comes in. Recently co-created with police force leaders in capturing and utilizing digital evidence to prosecute criminals, HDEM is a complete, end to end solution, that enables police to capture and use the evidence faster and more efficient than ever before and securely share the evidence with prosecutors, defense and alleged offenders leading to earlier pleas and faster convictions. Ultimately safer communities.


Here are 3 specific examples where HDEM can provide immediate value to police agencies today.


1 - HDEM provides trusted public portals for evidence submission and tracking that can accepts all data types, automatically creates meta ata and ensures compliance to information management regulations and chain of custody:

2 - HDEM maps the evidential story, letting commanders see what staff sees on the ground. Also combines post event evidence with near real-time situational analysis:

3 - HDEM provides threat analysis and predictive mapping. Takes into account weather, incident records, social media to improve accuracy. Provides visualization of likely future crime risk.


Combining data science, analytics, and best practices in digital evidence management, Hitachi Digital Evidence Management is the platform to modernize today's police forces. To learn more email the HDEM support team at