Crime Scene Investigators who gather digital camera and video evidence need to create secure and verifiable copies for use as admissible evidence. The Westpoint ‘CopyStation’ was conceived in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to meet this need; and as well as gaining Home Office approval, it has since been proven extensively in the field.
CopyStation is unique in following the APCO and Home Office guidelines exactly by producing a master of the digital evidence from a standard memory or media card, replicating the data and producing a working copy – all from just one press of a button. There is no need for specialist intervention or lengthy training, and the ‘Write Once, Read Many’ (WORM) approach employed ensures that the integrity of the original evidence is never compromised.
Subsequently MediaStation has been released improving upon the original CopyStation adding additional features allowing it to easily manage the data produced by the latest cameras.
Secure servers and managed archives
Westpoint also designs and builds complete back office solutions to securely manage digital evidence. We provide everything required – including the network to link the system to users and peripherals. No component of your secure storage is left exposed to untrained operators unintentionally compromising the integrity of your evidence, or to unauthorised and unrecorded access.
Regular audits and routine checks of the system are built into the ongoing management, and Westpoint solutions are accredited to at least the ‘Restricted’ level under the Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS) and in accordance with the APCO Community Security Policy (CSP).
Secure Data Transport
Transporting digital evidence or confidential data has traditionally required a trained operator or consultant to collect and store the data. Westpoint has developed a simple interface for users to write data to a storage device in an encrypted file. This prevents unauthorised access and tampering while data is being moved, until it can be safely stored on a secure server.