MSAB & URSA Inc. Partner on Drone Forensic Technology

Partnership unites two leading companies, enhancing and expanding drone forensic capabilities globally

MSAB, the global leader in mobile forensics solutions, today announced that the company has partnered with URSA Inc., expanding tremendously on its’ drone forensic capabilities.

URSA’s Idetic™ Unmanned tools are designed to collect, integrate, analyze, and present UAV related data. The company provides the most accurate understanding of drone telemetry data and metadata to support academic, law enforcement, insurance, and intelligence investigations in the rapidly evolving unmanned vehicle and robotics ecosystem.David Kovar, CTO and co-founder of URSA is recognized as a leading expert on drone forensics. He serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to MSAB, supporting the companies development of expanded drone forensics capabilities. MSAB’s industry leading Mobile Forensic Ecosystem has set the standard for investigators in their efforts to quickly extract and analyze data from mobile devices, including drones. In particular, its’ leading products, XRY and XAMN enable users to extract data from mobile devices and serves as an analytical tool for visualizing, searching and analyzing that data.

XRY now supports extraction of data from a number of popular drone models, allowing investigators to see flight path data and other data that can assist their investigations and enforcement activities involving illegal drones.

“The use of drones for illegal activities has grown tremendously over the last several years,” said Joel Bollö, MSAB CEO. “From smuggling contraband into prisons to flying drugs across international borders, criminal enterprises are becoming more sophisticated and adept in their use of this technology. Our partnership with URSA will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to combat these growing incidents.”


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Mr. Bollö and Mr. Kovar recently co-authored an editorial with Digital Forensic Magazine on the challenges and opportunities investigators now face with UAV’s. To read and download the complete article, click here.

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Alan Platt, Professional Services Consultant at MSAB, discusses his experience as a former UK police officer working in digital forensics. He talks about the different levels of digital forensics capabilities within police forces and how MSAB products like XAMN and XEC Director are used by frontline officers versus lab analysts. 

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Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

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Alan Platt, Professional Services Consultant at MSAB, discusses his experience as a former UK police officer working in digital forensics. He talks about the different levels of digital forensics capabilities within police forces and how MSAB products like XAMN and XEC Director are used by frontline officers versus lab analysts.

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Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

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12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
19:45 – Customer training
20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
32:40 – XEC Director
43:45 – Privacy of user data

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