There are 5 main objectives of the VICTORIA project, related to technology development and usability, training, sustainability and EU legislation:
Video material collected and analysed by Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) has become a critical component in legal investigations following major criminal acts and terrorist attacks. The recent events in London, Nice, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona and Cambrils again prove the importance of these video recordings. At the same time, the amount of video data available is continuously increasing with the rapid deployment of video equipment, surveillance cameras in public and private areas, body-worn cameras of police forces and smartphones or digital cameras used by bystanders.
In spite of this growth, the whole video investigation work is still mostly carried out manually by the LEA officers. These current practices are too resource intensive to handle the huge and steadily increasing volume of videos that need to be analysed. Consequently, post-event extraction of vital first clues from videos meet unreasonable delays. Time is a precious factor for LEAs as was seen in the recent Merah Case (2012) in France: 35 tetrabytes of video footage was collected, resulting in 10 000 hours of recordings to analyse and 2-person years to do so. There is an urgent need for efficient tools assisting LEAs in their daily video investigation tasks.
VICTORIA is a 3-year EU-funded project launched on 1st May 2017 which addresses this need and will deliver an ethical and legally compliant video analysis platform that will accelerate the video analysis tasks of Law Enforcement Agencies.
To do so, the project will develop 6 operational scenarios representative for the majority of legal investigations in terms of environment and events / persons / objects to be detected.
The video analytics to be developed will be selected according to these scenarios, to be able to detect all targets defined in the operational scenarios.
Lastly, a set of real and synthetic videos with ground truth data will be produced according to the operational scenarios to serve as reference for the developments and tests.
Develop a TRL-6 video analysis technology that will boost the LEAs' video investigation capacity
- VICTORIA will develop a set of robust and accurate video analytics modalities, selected for their relevance in legal investigations.
- To be able to reach analytics robustness at TRL-6, VICTORIA will create the yet missing video data of crime/terrorist scenes that is required for development and test purposes.
- VICTORIA will design an innovative Video Analysis Platform (VAP), optimised for performance through parallel processing of these analytics and use of big data processing technologies.
- To further accelerate the processing of the video material, VICTORIA will explore novel workflows relying on advanced exploitation of video meta-data (data about objects/events/events identified by the analytics within the videos).
- The combination of these features is expected to accelerate typical video investigations tasks by factor of 15-100, depending on the specific use case.
Increase significantly the usability of video analysis tools for legal investigations
- The Video Analysis Platform (VAP) design will be open and flexible, supporting plug-in modules to allow easy adaptation to specific and evolving user needs.
- Furthermore, a new user interface paradigm will support and simplify the execution of complex, powerful investigation queries.
- To further optimise usability, VICTORIA will develop and explore a 4D crime scene reconstruction technology, enabling the investigator to view simultaneously and easily navigate through a multitude of video recording of the same crime/terrorist scene.
- To ensure that VICTORIA meets optimally the real end-user needs four LEAs will be involved through all project phases, from specifications, several prototype assessment cycles, to field trials in the LEA operational environment using real world video data.
Create a business model and ecosystem allowing the video investigation field to grow and prospect
To encourage innovation and market growth in the video investigation domain, VICTORIA will:
- support relevant standardisation,
- promote the VAP open platform architecture to 3rd party technology providers,
- create an expert community to facilitate exchanges between video investigation technology/tool users and suppliers, and the VICTORIA Analytics Contest as related event
- support actively the creation of a video investigation ecosystem and lead targeted dissemination and communication actions.
Train LEA investigators in the use of advanced video investigation tools
VICTORIA will develop a comprehensive training programme targeting LEAs, aiming to:
- train at least 60 LEA experts on advanced video investigation tools, enabling them to use autonomously the VICTORIA video analysis platform in the course of the project,
- deliver training material for further training of LEA investigators in and after the end of project.
Ensure that the VICTORIA tools are in line with EU Legal-Ethical-Privacy rules
To deliver technical solutions that are in-line with EU and the member states regulations, an expert in Legal-Ethical-Privacy (L-E-P) issues involved in VICTORIA will:
- provide advice to the development teams,
- provide guidance to the end-users for respectful use of the VAP tools complying with legal and ethical rules,
- provide practical advice on L-E-P issues related to the production of the VICTORIA videos.
VICTORIA will achieve major impact in the field of video investigations by addressing the current lack of tools that can efficiently support LEA officers during video investigations.
Boost LEA video investigation capabilities by a factor of 10
Reduce cost and solve crimes more rapidly
Allow LEAs to investigate more video material more rapidly, resulting in reduced costs as less effort is needed for video investigations
Prevent terrorist attacks
As important clues will be extracted more quickly, LEAs will take quicker targeted measures to locate and stop terrorists and also to identify members of the supporting network, thus helping to dismantle the network and preventing further attacks
Continuous innovation activity will encourage 3rd party providers of port developments on the VICTORIA open platform so LEAs benefit from the latest technologies
Improved understanding of criminal activities
Video data fusion and 4D crime reconstruction will enable a much better understanding of crime and terrorist scenes and how to analyse how criminals or terrorists acted.
Enhanced video investigation capability will allow LEAs to set-up targeted operations to stop offenders and provide evidence for lawsuits. The acceleration of investigations thanks to VICTORIA will reinforce confidence of European citizens in their police forces.
An opportunity for European organisations to become world-leading players in the video investigation domain. The project will produce ground truth data, thus encouraging developers to test their algorithms on this data and improve their software, thereby contributing to increased innovation in the field.
3 years, 14 partners, 10 Work Packages, 518 Person Months