Cognitech, Inc. Announces Release of Industry’s Fastest Mobile and Tower Supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations

Cognitech, Inc. Announces Release of Industry’s Fastest Mobile and Tower Supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations


Pasadena, CA — September 30, 2012—Cognitech, Inc. has announced the release of two classes of the industry’s fastest Forensic Video Workstations. Cognitech offers two versions of the Mobile Video Workstation in the laptop form-factor, the high-end CVW Mobile FRR version (a ‘laptop’ comprised of the powerful non-mobile mother board and processors, plus over a thousand graphical processing units) and the mid-range CVW Mobile BW version. Cognitech also offers two versions of the tower style Super Computing workstations, the super-fast CVW DeskTop FRR version (with over three thousand graphical processing units) and the fast CVW DeskTop BW version.  Both versions are integrated with Cognitech’s proprietary Forensic Video Tri-Suite parallel software, designed to fit the massive multi-processor architecture hardware in these workstations.


End-users of Cognitech’s CVW SuperComputer Tower will be able to capture any standard and high-definition (SD/HD) recorded forensic video evidence data, for example, they will be able to capture any CCTV DVR recording with Cognitech’s breakthrough lossless UNIVERSAL capture card, and to enhance and analyze this data with Cognitech’s Forensic Video-Audio Tri-Suite software. The end-users of Cognitech’s CVW Mobile workstation are presented with a choice of using Cognitech’s proprietary lossless USB video capture card, or the integrated third party SD/HD acquisition hardware. Cognitech’s Forensic Video-Audio Tri-Suite software system is comprised of three massively parallel and interoperable, comprehensive software tool sets: the Video Investigator® software, the VideoActive® software and the AutoMeasure™ software. The parallel algorithms underlying these software tools have been re-designed by Cognitech’s image processing scientists for a tenfold or higher computational acceleration, derived from the massive multi-processing, and multi-GPU-processing (thousands of GPU processors) hardware integrated into Cognitech’s newest Forensic Video Workstations. Cognitech’s Video Investigator software is the most comprehensive forensic video/image processing software environment in the world. It has over one hundred proprietary designed, user friendly plug-ins and module choices that enhance, denoise, remove blur, super-resolve, stabilize and stitch panoramic images of forensic video evidence (e.g. faces, license plates, and vehicles). Cognitech’s U.S. patented VideoActive software is the first fully automatic real-time universal de-multiplexing software. It includes a real-time track and cover and real-time universal DVR capture capability. Cognitech’s VideoActive software allows for patented lossless video capture with encoding that doubles the video storage. Cognitech’s AutoMeasure software is the world’s most comprehensive automatic forensic photogrammetry software that allows the user to perform accurate bio-metric measurements of the dimensions of a person (e.g. human body measurements), as well as crime scene measurements and geo-spatial crime scene analysis, which is only available in Cognitech’s software.


Cognitech, Inc. CEO Dr. Lenny Rudin said, in regards to the release of the latest forensic DeskTop and Mobile Forensic Video Workstations, “It is crucial to have a very fast computational ability in forensic video applications. A mere ten minutes of the CCTV recording, contains over 37 billion pixels to be enhanced or analyzed by forensic video software. The traditional computer, even if endowed with the latest multi-core processors, could take many hours or even days to compute the needed result. This is not acceptable in the fast moving world of the law enforcement’s forensic video applications. Enter the parallel algorithms for image processing and the massively concurrent (parallel) computer architectures. Some twenty plus years ago, as a PhD student at the California Institute of Technology, as a member of the scientific team, we have dreamed up a way of super fast ‘scalable’ computing, no matter how complex the computational task is at hand. In my PhD thesis, I considered the problem of enhancing images without introducing computational artifacts, which some years later became crucial in forensic applications. The Caltech teams proposed solution was twofold: the first step is to split the computational task into thousands (or millions) of smaller sub-tasks, with each to be computable concurrently. The second step was to map these thousands of mini-tasks onto the thousands of mini-processors that work together in harmony, as prescribed by the algorithm designer. In a way, this is how the human brain accomplishes the everyday task of seeing, connecting the eyes to the gazillions of brains neurons. Clearly, any delay in this computation would spell a serious survival problem to the brain’s owner. In a similar way, Cognitech’s scientists and engineers have figured out how to redesign, in a parallel fashion, complex forensic video processing tasks, such as Total Variation image deblurring and SuperResolution Frame-Fusion, so that they can be deployed onto the latest graphics cards, which are comprised of thousands of tiny graphical processing units. This integration of Cognitech’s proprietary, fast paralleled image/video processing algorithms and the computers with massively parallel processing hardware, have yielded the industry’s fastest Forensic Video Workstations (forensic Supercomputers), which we are announcing today. To top this good news, these new workstations are quite affordable, thanks to the recent industrial progress in dramatically reducing cost per graphic processing unit.”


About Cognitech, Inc.:


In 1988, Cognitech, Inc. was the first company that designed and developed the unique Video Investigator® hardware and software products for professional forensic CCTV video applications. The recent scientific breakthroughs of Cognitech’s research team, and multiple USPTO Awards, proves that a quarter century later, Cognitech is still the true leader in the forensic image/video processing field. The unique comprehensive design of Cognitech’s forensic software combines the state of the art image/video/audio processing with the state of the art 3D image analysis, all-in-one, thus making this software environment a tool of choice for Law Enforcement and Security professionals worldwide.