BlackBag Technologies announces a new partnership with Semantics 21, a digital forensics software company specializing in reviewing, analyzing and grading images and videos.

San Jose, CA – June 20, 2019 – The partnership enables both BlackBag and Semantics 21 to deliver unrivaled investigation speed without sacrificing reliability or victim and suspect identification functionality.

With this new partnership, the LASERi® Suite from Semantics 21 integrates with BlackBag’s Inspector to empower law enforcement and associated agencies worldwide with boosted capacity and capability to combat the child sexual exploitation epidemic and to clear case backlogs.

“As a forward-thinking company, we are keen to work in partnership with like-minded companies that offer tools which complement ours. BlackBag is a perfect example,” says CEO and founder of Semantics 21, Dr. Liam Owens.

BlackBag co-founder and Chief Customer Officer, Ben Charnota, explains the partnership as a necessity. “Enabling the efficient investigation of digital data is critical in today’s digital world,” he says. When we discovered Semantics 21 technology, we immediately knew a partnership between the organizations would result in reducing the vast amounts of data facing investigators by enabling a more efficient exam of images and videos seamlessly integrating into Inspector. We are excited to partner with an organization who embraces our mission of revealing the truth in data to create a safer world.

BlackBag and Semantics 21 partnering together ensures that investigators can deploy streamlined but flexible workflows. The collaboration helps implement efficient ways of exchanging evidence and intelligence between the tools. Investigators can rapidly and reliably analyze and categorize child sexual abuse material, even for large cases, and identify more victims or suspects than before.

Dr. Owens explains, “It is natural that we integrate evidential information extracted using our tools, with complementary information produced by tools from BlackBag. This synergy will enable users of products from both companies to leverage the unrivaled performance and capability offered the LASERi® Suite and Inspector. As a result, the integration will strengthen the might of law enforcement and other agencies or corporations, in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children and other crimes where the evidence is carried by images and videos.”

The integration empowers investigators. Combining analysis and investigation outcomes from both the LASERi® Suite and Inspector maximizes the strength and completeness of evidential facts gleaned from case material. Investigators will capitalize on lossless flow of information between the evidence acquisition and analysis tools offered by BlackBag and the image/video grading tools available in the LASERi® Suite. These tools, combined with an investigator’s own victim or suspect identification tools, will aid in the fight against child sexual exploitation.

About BlackBag Technologies a Cellebrite company:

Cellebrite is the global leader of Digital Intelligence solutions for law enforcement, government and enterprise organizations. Cellebrite delivers an extensive suite of innovative software solutions, analytic tools, and training designed to accelerate digital investigations and address the growing complexity of handling crime and security challenges in the digital era. Trusted by thousands of leading agencies and companies in more than 150 countries, Cellebrite is helping fulfill the joint mission of creating a safer world. To learn more visit us at or follow us on Twitter @Cellebrite_UFED

About Semantics 21:

Semantics 21® produces state-of-the-art digital forensics software for reviewing, analyzing and grading images and videos. Its software is empowering law enforcement and associated agencies, across the world, with boosted capacity and capability to combat child sexual exploitation and aid in investigations of other criminal activities, such as organized crime. Its cutting-edge technology delivers unrivaled investigation speed without sacrificing reliability, and it offers superior victim or suspect identification functionality. The technology has won multiple excellence awards, including a highly coveted ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019’, and the ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Award (Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards, 2018)’. To learn more, visit