About Project S-Five

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The S-FIVE project was a project funded by the European Commission through the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Monopoly 2011 programme "Improving Forensic Methodologies across Europe"(IFMAE).

The project formally ended on Dec. 31, 2015.


Throughout the last decade, the digital video and surveillance industry has developed and expanded at an ever increasing pace. Unfortunately, the images and video recordings that are most often provided to forensic investigators are composed of rather low quality image data. Analysing such data requires considerable knowledge and tuning of different parameters in various software tools. As a consequence, forensic laboratories are most often overloaded with image and video analysis casework, and have experienced considerable difficulty in keeping up with recent developments both in terms of (academic and commercial) R&D and available software tools. Additionally, from an organizational point of view, an overview of the methods and procedures that are currently being used across the ENFSI member institutes is lacking. This hinders a unified methodology of dealing with this type of evidence and the development of standardization and quality assurance issues in general. Finally, there exists an urgent need for reference input material that can be used for evaluation and training of (new) investigators, for testing and validation of existing and new software tools, etc.


This project studied various issues related to the Standardisation of Forensic Image and Video Enhancement (S-FIVE). The main focus of the project was oriented towards techniques that are used for improving the quality of surveillance video data and other types of images that portray persons and objects at the macroscopic level.

The core S-FIVE project team was formed by researchers and investigators from BKA (Germany), CAST (UK), CSCP (Cyprus), MPS (UK), NFI (The Netherlands) and NICC-INCC (Belgium).

ENFSI Monopoly Programme

In 2009 the European Commission has decided to grant ENFSI the monopoly position concerning forensics in Europe. The EC will address ENFSI in situations when information or advice on forensics is needed.
More information about ENFSI MP can be found on the ENFSI homepage under the tab Projects -- Direct Grants - Monopoly Programmes (MP), and its various submenus (MPs by year).

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