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How the CameraForensics integration empowers users with greater insight

August 23, 2023


How the CameraForensics integration empowers users with greater insight

By Matt Burns, Founder at CameraForensics

Bluebear’s mission is to equip law enforcement and intelligence communities with effective and efficient tools when preparing for court presentation, and the inclusion of CameraForensics represents another milestone on the path to achieving this goal. Users can access the tools needed to extract metadata and gain valuable insights from specific imagery, without having to leave the LACE platform.

While Bluebear’s primary focus remains on supporting court presentation processes through efficiently processing large datasets, they also recognise that users should always be able to access the tools needed to progress their case.

We understand how important conducting in-depth examinations of individual images can be in investigations. The CameraForensics platform provides access to a comprehensive image examination tool. When working on a case, users can seamlessly select images in Bluebear and use CameraForensics to further investigate one image, or multiple images, within Bluebear’s LACE software.

For anyone aiming to dive deeper into specific imagery, the CameraForensics integration can reveal hidden insights by extracting image metadata, providing additional intelligence on image origins, and sourcing related imagery. These insights can help users uncover new routes of investigation, offering an invaluable resource for achieving successful case outcomes.

The result is more informed decision-making during investigations. The collaboration between Bluebear and CameraForensics provides law enforcement professionals with greater flexibility and functionality – supporting our mission of safeguarding victims and bringing perpetrators to justice through software development.

Whether it is preparing for court prosecution or handling child exploitation cases, together these tools provide a powerful arsenal of investigative and forensic tools for law enforcement.

CameraForensics integration within Bluebear’s LACE software is just one way in which we support the efforts of law enforcement and intelligence communities worldwide, and I hope that we can provide investigators with the intelligence needed to effectively progress victim identification and drive positive change.

To discover how this integration can help support Victim Identification efforts, try the CameraForensics integration in LACE today.

Integration of the Thorn CSAM Classifier with Bluebear LACE Solution

July 8, 2023

Bluebear LES and Thorn are excited to announce the integration of the Thorn CSAM Classifier with Bluebear LACE Solution. LACE interface will now empower investigators to elevate and review CSAM that is unknown to local LACE databases.

The Thorn CSAM Classifier has been trained on 100k+ privileged abuse images, in addition to negative examples from public image sets. Embedded in the classifier are methods for addressing duplicates and false positives. This holistic approach, combined with annual retraining, achieves an extremely high precision and recall.

The Thorn CSAM Classifier is available in Bluebear Lace. It’s free and ready to be activated for your use. Contact us for more information:


Bluebear was invited to the Child Dignity in the Digital World congress

October 23, 2017

This 1st World Congress was held at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. The congress concluded with the adoption of the Rome Declaration on Child Dignity that was presented to Pope Francis on October 6th 2017.


“One of the participants at the Congress was Antoine Normand from Canada. Normand is the founder of BlueBear, a company that combats child pornography on the Internet thanks to the development of software which analyzes and categorizes image and video evidence files seized during child pornography investigations and that is used in collaboration with the Police.”

Belkasoft and BlueBear Announce Integration workflow between Belkasoft Evidence Center and LACE

November 9, 2016

Belkasoft and BlueBear integrate the capability to seamlessly pass files between their corresponding digital forensic products, Belkasoft Evidence Center (BEC) and LACE. The integration enables forensic experts to perform automated search for illicit images and videos containing child abuse material.

By using the joint solution, customers will enjoy the power of the two tools, extracting all possible pictures and videos from even hidden or tricky places from one hand, and running sophisticated analysis on big data sets from the other hand. Former is provided by Belkasoft while latter is secured by BlueBear.

“Belkasoft customers will benefit tremendously from this integration, – says Yuri Gubanov, Belkasoft CEO and Founder. – Media files analysis nowadays is more important than ever, and BlueBear does a great job processing images and videos so incredibly fast. We’ve got the first praise for LACE integration on the day of the announcement!”

“With the speed of broadband consumer internet access increasing each year and the cost of data storage going down, we are now seeing regularly CAM cases of more than 2million pictures and tens of thousands of videos, – declared Antoine Normand, CEO of Bluebear. – Law Enforcement Agencies need to handle immense volumes of media files in an efficient manner and that is what the integration between Belkasoft Evidence Center and LACE is all about.”

Searching Digital Media for Child Abuse Material

Starting with version 8.1, Belkasoft Evidence Center can export pictures and video files into the LACE native lia” format. LACE will then processes the files to identify illicit imagery. LACE analyses the contents of the case by matching the files to the local database and extracting and matching faces to help identify known victims. Specialized international hashsets such as CAID, ProjectVic, and Interpol/ICSE are fully compatible can be directly included in the local database. Any media files discovered by Belkasoft can be analyzed including pictures carved from slack or unallocated space, images from volume shadow copy snapshots or carved from the computer’s RAM. This also includes thumbnails, email attachments and pictures embedded into documents. All these files can be discovered on hard drives or drive images in multiple forensic formats, virtual machines or mobile device backups or dumps.

About Belkasoft Evidence Center

Belkasoft Evidence Center is a world-renowned tool used by thousands of customers for conducting computer and mobile forensic investigations. Belkasoft Evidence Center can automatically acquire, extract and analyze evidence from a wide range of sources including computer hard drives and disk images in all popular formats, memory dumps, mobile backups, chip-off and JTAG dumps. The tool can capture and analyze volatile evidence stored in the computer’s RAM, identify encrypted files, carve Internet chat logs, Web browsing history and email communications including information stored in digital pictures and videos. The ability to process office documents in a wide range of formats enables investigators to perform near-instant full-text search among all the documents discovered on the suspect’s PC.

Low-level access to hard disk and system structures means that even data that has been deleted by the suspect cannot escape from investigators. Supporting Windows, Unix/Linux, Android and Mac OS X file systems, natively mounting images created in EnCase, FTK, X-Ways, DD and SMART formats, UFED and chip-off binary dumps, and many popular virtual machines without using these or any third-party tools, Belkasoft Evidence Center can collect more evidence than any single competing tool in its class.

About BlueBear LACE

BlueBear LACE is best-in-class software solution for processing, categorizing and managing massive volumes of visual media. LACE is no frills, rock solid, doesn’t crash, requires no dongles and will process a million images in less than 2 hours on common Windows i7 hardware.

LACE enables investigators to efficiently categorize vast amounts of image and video data from confiscated computers, dramatically reducing (typical ~90% case reduction) the time and resources required to bring a case to court. Using advanced biometric analysis, faces found in images are automatically extracted and compiled to create lists of victims and suspects or matched against existing facial databases.

LACE comes in a client-server configuration that allows multiple investigators and analysts to work simultaneously from their own desk on their own cases. A unique Case Allocation capability allows multiple investigators to all work on the same case at the same time – especially useful for very large cases under time constraints.

About Belkasoft

Founded in 2002, Belkasoft is a global leader in digital forensics technology, known for their sound and comprehensive forensic tools. With a team of professionals in digital forensics, data recovery and reverse engineering, Belkasoft focuses on creating technologically advanced yet easy-to-use products for investigators and forensic experts to make their work easier, faster, and more effective.

With this focus in mind, Belkasoft introduces their flagship product, Belkasoft Evidence Center – an easy-to-use, integrated solution for collecting and analyzing digital evidence from mobile and computer devices. Customers in law enforcement, police, military, business, intelligence agencies, and forensic laboratories in 70+ countries worldwide use Belkasoft Evidence Center to fight homicide, crimes against children, drug trafficking, data leakage, fraud, and other online and offline crimes.

More information about the company and its products at

Bluebear is attending the OPP 11th Provincial Strategy Conference

October 31, 2016

Bluebear is pleased to attend the 11th Provincial Strategy Conference organised  by the Ontario Provincial Police in Niagara Falls from 30 October to 3 November 2016. The Canadian legal environment has changed in depth this year with the Supreme Court: “R. v. Jordan » on July 8, 2016. This decision now prescribes a ceiling of 18 months from the pressing of summary charges and the end of the trial. (30 months for superior court trial). LACE is the only forensic tool that can allow Canadian police to automate over 90% of the analysis of images and videos using a central database while allowing to assign several investigators to the same folder. LACE is the technological response to the rules of “R. v. Jordan “

We are pleased to announce the availability of LACE 12.5.8 with pVIC 1.3

September 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce the availability of LACE 12.5.8. This version now supports the version 1.3 of the pVIC protocol (a standard for communication and information sharing specific to media files, cases and hash/visual signatures sets) that allows the flow of more information with other VIC compliant tools. This version also improves matching speed and includes the new Case Allocation routines (multiple investigators on the same case) to operate faster with very large cases (cases over 10 million files).

Bluebear will attend the 10th JFIN conference

September 12, 2016

From October 10th to 12th in Pontoise France at the Pôle judiciaire de la gendarmerie nationale, the 10th edition of the JFIN forensic conference will be held. Bluebear will be there.