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In the previous newsletter, we introduced the AviaTor project. This project, funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police, aims to develop automation and intelligence tools to greatly reduce the time spent by LEAs on processing, assessing and prioritizing NCMEC reports.
The AviaTor project started in January this year and will run until December of the coming year. Meanwhile, the project consortium, consisting of the Dutch and Belgian police, the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), INHOPE and the commercial partners Web-IQ and ZiuZ, is well on its way to releasing the first version of the AviaTor system.
The role of the Dutch and Belgian police is crucial in the project. They provide the consortium with the specific knowledge of the problem at hand from an LEA perspective, their functional requirements, the relevant legislative restrictions and the necessary feedback on the AviaTor system.
To ensure the delivery of a scalable and broadly accepted system at the end of the project, ZiuZ and Web-IQ interviewed 14 additional, mostly European, LEAs that are interested in affiliating with the project. They provided input on their current process, its strengths and weaknesses and opportunities for the AviaTor system.
The first version of AviaTor will be made available to both the LEAs in the project and the affiliated LEAs in Q4 of this year. This version will contain amongst other things: the possibility of receiving NCMEC reports from Europol and directly from NCMEC through the VPN, PhotoDNA hash calculation and matching, the creation of video summaries and OSINT on the reported account.