Barry G. Dickey is the certified forensic expert for Audio Evidence Lab, a laboratory specializing in the Analysis of Audio / Video Evidence. Mr. Dickey has examined evidence in over 1500 cases in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Philippines and Europe. With over 20 years of experience, he has provided expert testimony in federal and state courts on issues involving audio, video, and voice identification. Utilizing DSP technology, analytical equipment, and microscopic resolution, Mr. Dickey employs scientifically accepted techniques to provide the critical evidence required in the courtroom.
He has consulted with news networks in reference to the "Osama bin Laden Tapes" and "2012 Presidential Debates" as well as tapes released by other foreign news networks. Recent cases also include "NFL Bountygate" and "Holy Land Foundation" investigations.
The recent proliferation of audio and video recordings coming from various terrorist organizations around the world presents two distinct areas of concern to the forensic examiner. This article presents information on the authenticity methodology of videotapes, including a perspective on "implied evidence" and the continuing necessity for voice identification.
Durand R. Begault received a PhD in Computer Audio from UC San Diego in 1988 and an MFA from Mills College in 1981. He has been associated with the Audio Forensic Center and Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc. since 1996 and has worked as an expert witness, legal consultant, and acoustical consultant on a variety of audio-related cases since 1988. Dr. Begault also holds a research position at NASA Ames Research Center and is an adjunct faculty member at McGill University. He is the author of several U.S. patents and is qualified as an expert witness in both Federal and State Courts. Dr. Begault has testified in over 40 cases on a variety of audio technology and forensic audio-related cases.
Recordings involving cellular telephones or personal digital assistants (“PDAs”) are increasingly the source evidence in audio forensic examinations, compared to recordings originating with other devices such as hand-held digital recorders. On modern PDA cellular telephones recordings can be made either directly to the telephone or transmitted as voice mail messages. The current investigation focuses on differences in the two types of recordings in terms of dynamic range and linearity of levels. Such information can be important for characterizing the distance of sound sources relative to the microphone and are important for understanding transformation of recorded speech and non-speech sounds.
Written by an author with expertise in both theory and applications, 3D Sound for Virtual Reality and Multimedia provides readers an essential technical foundation in sound and virtual reality. The book covers components of spatial auditory displays; psychoacoustics of spatial hearing; what sounds are appropriate to spatialize; applications to human-machine interfaces (including virtual reality and multimedia); computer music; and room acoustics.
Ray Horak provides litigation support as a consulting expert and testifying expert in cases involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), product/service misrepresentation, contract disputes, and intellectual property (patent, copyright, and trademark/service mark infringement) disputes, as well as issues of taxes and fees allegedly owed to 911 districts and municipalities. Those cases have involved a broad range of technologies, including Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDSs), text messaging, cellular, DSL, E911, fax, PBX, prepaid cellular, push-to-talk (PTT), videoconferencing, VoIP, and voice processing.
He also has performed numerous technical compliance reviews of the telephony systems that financial institutions and survey companies and their third party vendors employ in sales, collections, customer service and opinion polling. The objective of those engagements, several of which are ongoing, is to determine the specific nature and capacities (present, potential and theoretical) of the telephony systems (e.g., ATDS and PBX) and subsystems, the systems of record (i.e., databases), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Receivables Management (RM) systems, and any and all other peripheral systems, both premises- and cloud-based.
Ray is an Independent Consultant with a General Practice in Wireline and Wireless Telecommunications and Related Fields such as the Internet and Voice over IP. His 45 years’ experience includes management and executive positions with Southwestern Bell, CONTEL, and Executone. Ray authored the best-selling Communications Systems & Networks, (John Wiley & Sons), Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook (Wiley-Interscience), and Webster’s New World Telecom Dictionary(Webster’s New World). Previously, Ray was Senior Contributing Editor for Newton’s Telecom Dictionary (12th through 21st Editions). He has written hundreds of technical white papers, case studies, articles, and columns for major print and electronic publications such as CommWeb, Computer Telephony, Datapro, Network World, The Prepaid Press, Teleconnect, and Telecom Reseller. Ray also has served as Technical Editor for several book-length works, including Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows (Microsoft Press, 2003).
In the context of the Facebook v Duguid decision, considering all the issues it addressed and didn’t, clarified and confused, honest and conscientious actors have to be freshly concerned about TCPA compliance. That means checking all the boxes, doubling down on all the right things, and identifying and plugging all the holes in your call center operations.
Not particularly surprising to those of us who work in the TCPA domain or are impacted by it, the published articles, blogs and such are mostly, if not all, written by attorneys in the defendants’ bar. I reckon those in the plaintiffs’ bar like to keep their opinions, musings and strategies to themselves until the litigation process begins. I provided some TCPA background and context in a previous article, TCPA: Facebook v Duguid, but will repeat some of that here to refresh your memory.
The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the matter of Facebook v Duguid has been perhaps the single most anticipated in the realm of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), at least in the last decade or so, and all over a punctuation mark - a comma, to be exact.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was passed into law in 1991. At the time, consumers were plagued by sales calls which it seemed always came at the most inconvenient times...In an effort to address a growing number of telephone marketing calls and certain other telemarketing practices...
Most of us know, at least in general terms, about the restrictions on unsolicited telemarketing calls to consumers and the national Do-Not-Call (DNC) list designed to end those annoyances...or opportunities, depending on your perspective. Just to refresh your memory, the TCPA states "It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, or any person outside the United States if the recipient is within the United States—(A) to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with the prior express consent of the called party) using any automatic telephone dialing system [ATDS] or an artificial or prerecorded voice
In an effort to address a growing number of telephone marketing calls and certain other telemarketing practices thought to be invasions of privacy, Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), codified at 47 U.S.C. § 227.
An instant classic and a best seller, with more than 65,000 in print. It served as the basis for Horak’s more contemporary works, Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook (2008) and Webster’s New World Telecom Dictionary (2007).
A comprehensive and authoritative telecommunications dictionary of more than 4,600 terms essential to a clear and thorough understanding of voice, data, video, and multimedia communications system and network technologies, applications, and regulations. Webster’s is an absolutely unimpeachable resource written by a recognized expert in the field. Webster’s enjoys great critical acclaim, as do all of Horak’s works.
The one book you’ll need to understand the entire telecom landscape, from copper to fiber, wireline to wireless, LANs to MANs to WANs, TDM to IP, AAL to Zigbee and everything in between. Written in a plain-English, commonsense style by an authority on the subject, this critically acclaimed book is at just the right level for the serious professional who wants to get at the whole truth—without the math.
Electrical Engineering Statistician and Consultant Mark McFarland
Discovery Engineering is a private Engineering Firm based in Boulder, Colorado, performing investigations into Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Systems. Discovery Engineering also works with management to analyze risk, improve quality, and understand variability processes. Clients include industrial, commercial, research, legal, government, and private entities.
Mark McFarland, PE, Founder & CEO, is an Licensed Engineer and Statistician with over 25 years of extensive education and experience in applied statistics, statistical learning, artificial intelligence, electrical engineering, and communications. His practical experience includes the design, analysis, and testing of satellite, cellular, LTE, Internet, wireless, Wi-Fi, RADAR, networks, data communications, communication protocols, standards, public safety communications systems, GPS, instrumentation, and control systems.
Mr. McFarland understands variability is crucial to improving and controlling processes. He brings scholarship and practical experience in Statistics and Applied Research to help clients understand variability and improve outcomes.
Applied Research and Analytics Consulting Services:
E911-LBS Consulting is a premier provider of business, product, and technology strategy and implementation services for enterprises, start-ups, and public sector entities looking to capitalize on Location Information. With market leading expertise in all forms of indoor and outdoor location technologies including GPS, Beacons, RFID, RTLS/Wi-Fi, network-based methods, and various combinations and hybrids, E911 provides services to ensure fully functional and integrated indoor and outdoor applications to maximize ROI and customer success.
Mobile Location Strategy Development and Implementation Services
LBS Product Strategy Development
Indoor and Next Generation (NG) E911 Technical Strategy Development
Business Process and Business Case Development
Competitive Assessment and Analysis
Marketing Strategy Development
Operations Strategy Development
Market Launch Planning and Program Management
Connected Car Privacy and Security Design
Mobile Location Product Design and Implementation Services:
LBS and E911 Application Design and Development
Indoor and Outdoor Location Determination Technology Design, Evaluation and Selection
Mobile Application Requirements Definition
Mobile / Backoffice IT Integration Planning
Sales / Service Mobile Technology Optimization
Implementation Roadmap Development
Product Realization, Implementation Management
David H. Williams is an internationally-known expert in the Wireless / Mobile Location field and President and Founder of E911-LBS Consulting. With over 100 projects in mobile communications and information technology solutions design, selection, implementation and ongoing management, he has extensive experience in the activities and issues needed to get applications to market, including planning and design at the application, system, interface / integration, network, IT, operational and customer facing levels.
Mr. Williams is an expert in the full range of business and consumer location-based services (LBS) that utilize these technologies. His client list includes Apple, AT&T, General Electric, General Motors, Google, HERE, Kaspersky Internet Security, LOCAID, Lyft, Nextel, Qualcomm, Peschke, Samsung, Sprint, Toyota, and Verizon.
Mr. Williams has been published and quoted by leading magazines and newspapers about location-related services, including The New York Times, CBS News.com, The Boston Globe, Computerworld, Directions Magazine, Mission Critical Communications, Popular Mechanics, and RFID Journal. He has also published numerous research reports and dozens of location-related articles, and tracks and analyzes leading companies in the LBS industry, particularly with respect to their product and technology strategies, competitive capabilities, and implementation issues.
Eureka Software Solutions, Inc. is a Software Development and Consulting business with over 35 years of hands-on experience in the Computer, Software, and Technology industries. Eureka and its team of professionals provide an unparalleled understanding of nearly every facet and factor involved in a complex software or computer related litigation scenario. Eureka's clients have included Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies in industries such as Enterprise, Finance, Military and Defense, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Security, Healthcare, and Automotive. Eureka Services and Practical Implementation of Expertise:
Review and comparison of software source code and functionality in relation to contractual commitments and requirements and/or protected intellectual property including, trade secrets, copyrights and patents
Computer / Software Forensics – able to reverse engineer and reconstruct hardware and software environments from backups, remnants and fragments of deprecated software. Eureka IT and Software development team is skilled at re-creating historical hardware and software environments
Investigation and assessment of software project bidding, planning and performance with particular attention to adequacy of discovery, specifications, cost estimates, schedules, and deliverables
Functional and performance testing of software against applicable specifications, warranties or industry standards using proprietary and commercial testing tools and techniques
Evaluation and use of both traditional and modern software development techniques and strategies, including creative payment structures related to software application/effort valuation and intellectual property licensing and ownership
Reviewing and exercising software applications and IT networks to expose and correct security issues and weaknesses
Founder and CEO, Monty G. Myers, PE, is an active Software Industry Executive with 40+ years of experience. Mr. Myers is involved in all aspects of the daily management and operation of Eureka, including business development, contracts, customer relations, project scope, execution and oversight, strategy and management, hiring, and finance. Mr. Myers has negotiated and performed hundreds of real-world software and technology contracts and statements of work involving complex software project and licensing terms and conditions including material intellectual property aspects. He is actively engaged in handling and protecting the confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information and technology of Eureka and its clients. View Monty Myers' Expert Witness Profile.
Evidence Solutions, Inc., (ESI) is a premier forensics company founded in 1982. The goal at ESI is to help clients obtain, understand, and utilize all the Data and Information available to them.
ESI can analyze cell phones, computers, hard drives, EDRs, reconstruct accidents, provide trucking standard of care consulting, recover digital data, and provide consulting services in their many areas of expertise. Their team of experts can help you understand what needs to be done, what should have been done, and what to do next.
Auto & Truck Accidents
Cell Phone Forensics
Black Box Forensics
Police Standards and Policies
Greek Fraternity Issues
Product Failure Analysis
Medical Record Recovery and Analysis
Real Estate Transactions
Triangulation / GPS
Featured ESI Expert:
Scott Greene - Technology Forensics Acquisition - Digital Evidence Preservation, Analysis, and Presentation Consultant and Expert Witness
For over 35 years, Scott Greene has been helping owners, CEO’s, managers and IT departments understand data. Mr. Greene Collects, Analyzes and Explains Complex Electronic Evidence in Plain English.
Mr. Greene was the founder of Great Scott Enterprises, Inc, which provided superior computer consulting services. The array of services included: custom programming, database design optimization, administration of databases, evaluation of existing systems to ensure optimal efficiency, profitability analysis, as well as design and implementation of knowledge base systems.
Today, Scott is an Affiliated Professional Member of the American Bar Association and works with Law Firms, Businesses, and Private Individuals. His extensive and diverse experience allows him to be an expert in many facets of computer and digital technology. He is a sought-after speaker and educator and travels throughout the country presenting to local, regional, national and International organizations.
Areas of Expertise:
Accounting and Medical Billing System Forensics
Accounting Systems Forensics
Black Box, ECM, ECU, EDR, DDEC, Download & Analysis
Black Box / Event Data Recorder / EDR, Forensics
Cell Phone Carrier Forensics
Cell Phone Forensics & Mobile Device Forensics
Data Fabrication Forensics
Digital Camera Forensics / Digital Photo Forensics
Digital Copier Forensics
Digital Photo Forensics
Document & Spreadsheet Forensics
Electronic Device Forensics
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) / Electronic Health Record (EHR) Forensics
Oded Gottesman, PhD, CTO of Compandent Inc., technology IP expert witness in such areas as telecommunications, cellular phone, and signal processing, provides technology expert witness services, prior art search, and consulting for Technology Patent Infringement, Patent Invalidity, Trade Secret Disputes, source code review, hardware analysis, and related matters.
Consulting Services - Dr. Gottesman provides consulting services for Telecommunications, cellular phones and networks, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), GPS, streaming audio and video, speech audio and video compression (coding), computer software and hardware analysis, communication systems and protocols, error correction, human interfaces, etc.. His work includes patent infringement disputes, patent invalidity disputes, prior art searches, source code review, and hardware analysis.
Selected Background Experience:
International patents in the area of speech coding, and transmission over degraded channel such as cellular networks and packetized networks
Researcher in AT&T Bell Labs. Murray Hills, NJ
Research and development projects for National Security Agency (NSA), NATO, and DARPA
Contributed to the United States Department of Defense voice compression standard MIL-STD-3005, and NATO standard STANAG-4591
Areas of Expertise:
DSP Digital Signal Processing
Cellular Networks (4G LTE, 3GPP, GSM)
Streaming audio, streaming video
Cellular Timing and Synchronization
Location and Position Systems (UTDOA, GPS, etc.)
Error Control Coding
Speech Coding, voice compression, Audio Compression, and Video Compression, codec (MPEG, AAC, AMR)
Ian Cullimore, PhD, has over 30 years of hands-on Software and Hardware Development experience. He specializes in handheld devices, palmtops, PDAs, low power embedded systems, and Internet server technologies.
Background - Dr. Cullimore has held many employment and consulting posts as a software/hardware developer and inventor. He invented the world's first pocket PC which he licensed to Atari as the 'Portfolio'. He is also the co-inventor of the 'Poqet PC', acquired by Fujitsu. Dr. Cullimore is an experienced hi-tech CEO/CTO, yet still very hands-on with respect to architecture and coding. He has many years of experience both in the UK and California (Silicon Valley and LA) in companies ranging from small startups to large corporations, and in building and managing software and hardware teams.
An entrepreneur and start-up and young company specialist, Dr. Cullimore has helped to raise Angel and VC rounds, and has taken startups to exit. He has much experience interfacing with Boards, Investors, and sales/marketing/bizdev groups.
Litigation Support - Dr. Cullimore has a long track record as a Patent and Software / Hardware Expert Witness. His experience includes 19 cases, 16 written Expert Reports, 7 Depositions, and 1 trial. His services are available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant.
Isaak Technologies provides expert witness, consulting & training services in the areas of design, construction, procurement, implementation, commissioning and operations of information technology, telecommunications, network systems and critical data center facilities. Isaak Technologies provides clear solutions to complex challenges using best-practice forecasting, strategy & risk mitigation.
Philip J. Isaak, PE, P.Eng., DCDC, RCDD, SMIEEE, has over 20 years of experience as a design & operations consultant & training provider, with a focus in the information technology, telecommunications & critical data center facility industries.
In recognition of Mr. Isaak’s professional standing, the Officers & Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for advancement of technology, certified his election to the grade of Senior Member, a level only 9% of IEEE’s over 400,000 global members hold.
One of the new terms in the data center industry is Edge Data Centers. What is the Edge? Where is the Edge? Before we begin to understand what an Edge Data Center is, it might be helpful to first understand what it is not.
Mobius Consulting is a Mobile and Wireless Technology management consulting firm. The industry and academic professionals at Mobius offer diverse services leveraging their extensive experience and expertise in enterprise and vertical markets including telecom, healthcare, energy, transportation, government, supply chain and logistics.
Principal, Jacob Sharony, PhD, MBA, has over 25 years of experience in Mobile and Wireless Technologies. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching wireless technologies and applications. He also served as a faculty member of the electrical and computer engineering department and director of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University. Dr. Sharony held engineering and management positions in diverse technology disciplines at Time Warner Cable, Motorola, BAE Systems, NEC Research Institute, and IBM Research. He has over 50 US patents (pending and issued) and has served on several government expert panels. Dr. Sharony has also published extensively in scientific journals and conferences.
Dr. Kanellakopoulos is a Technology leader with 25+ years of experience in R&D, operations, administration, and management, in both academia and industry. He has authored or co-authored books, numerous articles in peer-reviewed technical journals and refereed technical conferences, and multiple standards contributions. He is also the co-inventor on more than 25 patents. He has been the plenary speaker at major technical conferences, and an invited speaker at more than 40 industrial and academic venues in 12 countries across 4 continents.
In his industrial career, he Designed and Built Telecom Products such as DSL and Carrier Ethernet hardware and software, and has significant experience with international telecommunication standards (ITU-T). He has also worked in wireless communications (3GPP, Wi-Fi), primarily on digital signal processing methods for baseband transceivers.
In his academic career, Dr. Kanellakopoulos conducted research on adaptive control of nonlinear systems, with applications to automotive control systems, specifically ADAS (adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping, vehicle collision avoidance) and active suspension. He directed a project on automation of heavy-duty vehicles as part of the California PATH Program; one of the most visible results of this research was the “Variable Time-Headway” algorithm for adaptive cruise control, which was demonstrated on a fully-automated heavy-duty (Class 8) 18-wheeler truck and has found widespread use in current adaptive cruise control systems. His UCLA team also designed and built a prototype full-size fully-automated electric vehicle that has been used for research purposes on multiple college campuses.
Dr. Kanellakopoulos has directed collaborative projects with several automotive/truck manufacturers and vendors (Ford, Mercedes-Benz, DaimlerChrysler, Freightliner, Gentex, Visteon).
He has consulted for clients such as technology companies (on intellectual property strategy and product development), private equity firms (on due diligence for investment), and law firms (on expert witness matters).
He is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of multiple national and international awards.
Using a pedagogical style along with detailed proofs and illustrative examples, this book opens a view to the largely unexplored area of nonlinear systems with uncertainties. The focus is on adaptive nonlinear control results introduced with the new recursive design methodology--adaptive backstepping. Describes basic tools for nonadaptive backstepping design with state and output feedbacks.
Abstract: A systematic procedure for the design of adaptive regulation and tracking schemes for a class of feedback linearizable nonlinear systems is developed. The coordinate-free geometric conditions, which characterize this class of systems, do not constrain the growth of the nonlinearities. Instead, they require that the nonlinear system be transformable into the so-called parametric-pure feedback form...
Dr. Istvan Jonyer provides a range of technical, intellectual property, and expert witness services across areas like Machine Learning, Telecommunications, Software Architecture, Innovation Commercialization, and Investment Management.
Investment Advisory Consulting Services:
Software Analysis, Design, and Architecture - Dr. Jonyer has built large-scale communications, web, and consumer electronics systems, and has scaled out teams and processes to support worldwide launches of complex systems. He has built large-scale communications, web, and consumer electronics systems, and has scaled out teams and processes to support worldwide launches of complex systems.
Due Diligence - Dr. Jonyer's expertise covers science, technology, business, market, and team diligence areas. He provides technical due diligence supporting venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and IP portfolio acquisition. Intellectual property evaluation, patent portfolio valuation, and commercial value evaluation.
Market Research - Dr. Jonyer provides market research at various levels of depth, including market maps, value chain analysis, secondary market summaries, as well as primary research with the world’s experts of niche areas (where we don’t have such expertise firsthand).
J. Armand Musey, CFA, JD/MBA, founder and president of Summit Ridge Group, LLC, provides consulting services for the Satellite, Media and Telecommunications Industries including business appraisal, intangible asset valuation, strategic consulting, custom research.
Mr. Musey is a highly regarded financial analyst with expertise in Asset Valuation, Business Valuation, Financial Analysis of Economic Damages and Financial Scenario Analysis. He also has significant experience in corporate governance and investment research practices. Mr. Musey's clients include media and communications companies, institutional investors, law firms and other professional services providers.
Mr. Musey has a unique blend of 16 years of equity research (top-ranked sell-side analyst), investment banking and consulting experience. He has completed dozens of financial valuation, strategy analysis, business development and business plan creation assignments in the communications industry. He has experience in 18 financing and M&A transactions.
Tal Lavian, Ph.D., is a scientist, technologist, and lecturer at UC Berkeley Engineering with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Lavian specializes in Telecommunications, Network Communications, Mobile Wireless, and Internet Protocols, including mobile devices, smartphones, wireless LAN (WLAN), routing, LAN/WAN, Ethernet, TCP/IP, UDP, IP, VoIP, web, and streaming media.
Areas of Expertise
Communication Networks: Internet protocols; TCP/IP suite, TCP, UDP, IP, Ethernet, 802.3, network protocols, network software applications, data link, network, and transport layers (L2, L3, L4), packet switching, data center network architecture.
Mobile Wireless: Wi-Fi, 802.11, Bluetooth, MAC, PHY, Wireless LAN (WLAN). Cellular systems, SMS, instant messaging (chat), mobile devices, smartphones.
Internet/Cloud: Internet Technologies, Web applications, HTTP, e-mail, SMTP, POP, IMAP, Java, C/C++, file transfer FTP, client-server, cloud computing, distributed computing, Computer Networks
VoIP/Streaming Media: PSTN, circuit switching, IP telephony, VoIP, SIP, RTP, SS7, SONET, TDM, video/audio conferencing, streaming media, Voice and Data Communications
Past cases have involved leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, LinkedIn, Avaya, T-Mobile, AT&T, Ericsson, Sprint, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Polycom, Motorola, LG, WhatsApp, Instagram, Huawei, Facebook, and Apple.
As an expert witness, Dr. Lavian offers his opinion and litigation support services in patent-related cases, specifically in network communications, telecommunications, mobile wireless, and Internet software technologies. He has extensive experience rendering reports and testifying in Federal, IPR, and ITC cases. He has appeared before the USPTO PTAB IPR and ITC in over 140 patent-related cases. Dr. Lavian is skilled at helping the layperson understand complex and sophisticated technologies.
Dr. Lavian has served as an industry fellow and lecturer with U.C. Berkeley’s Industrial Engineering and Operation Research (IEOR) Department and with U.C. Berkeley Engineering’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). He has also been a part of U.C. Berkeley’s start-up accelerator, SkyDeck for CRadar.ai, VisuMenu, and Aybell.