Formed in 2013 by the union of Digital Audio Corporation and Salient Stills, Salient Sciences provides advanced digital multimedia evidence clarification products, training, and support to police, military, homeland security, and intelligence agencies, and private-sector forensics experts worldwide.
Salient Sciences’ solutions improve the intelligibility of voices and the clarity of video and images to aid investigations and improve the presentation of the evidence in court. Key offerings include the VideoFOCUS video and audio forensics software, CARDINAL audio forensics tools, and DAC School training offerings.
Digital Audio Corporation, trading as Salient Sciences, is headquartered in Cary, NC, and is privately-held.
Salient Sciences continues to improve both the VideoFOCUS and CARDINAL MiniLab products, and further expands the online training offerings to include customers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and other international markets
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Salient Sciences begins providing "stay-at-home" licenses, cloud-based private licensing, and online training offerings to further enable remote teleworking for its customers
Salient Sciences begins offering VideoFOCUS subscriptions with training included for one low price
Salient Sciences adds multiple video synchronization capabilities to VideoFOCUS Pro 6.0, and introduces MicroDAC 6, its latest real-time multi-channel reference cancellation filter based on embedded PC technology
Salient Sciences releases VideoFOCUS Pro 5.1, its first 64-bit software platform offering full audio and video forensics clarification capabilities in a single product along with greatly-expanded multimedia file support, including numerous proprietary DVR formats; the DAC School training curriculum is expanded to include both audio and video forensics in the same 5-day course
DAC acquires the assets of SSI, with the combined company rebranded as Salient Sciences, and begins to combine the CARDINAL and VideoFOCUS technologies into a unified audio and video forensics software offering
DAC introduces CARDINAL MiniLab Suite, its first all-software plug-in offering for audio forensics laboratories
SSI introduces VFSource, a simplified, lower-cost analog and digital video capture, import, review, and conversion tool based on the same technology as VideoFOCUS Pro
DAC introduces CARDINAL AudioLab, its most powerful DSP-based audio filtering platform to date; SSI continues to expand its customer base for VideoFOCUS to more than 100 governmental agencies worldwide
DAC partners with Avid and Ocean Systems to offer the QuickEnhance Speech Clarification plug-in as a simple, yet effective, audio forensics solution for the now-burgeoning video forensics community
Following the 9/11 attacks, SSI shifts its market focus for VideoFOCUS to the law enforcement, homeland security, and intelligence communities; initial law enforcement customers were the Boston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
DAC expands its tactical audio offering, introducing the SSABR covert audio recorder and SpotMic Array Microphone Processor
SSI introduces VideoFOCUS Pro, with the New York Times as the initial customer; its primary market focus in these early years was the media and publishing sectors
Following the US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, DAC introduces several portable, battery-powered products for the audio countermeasures application (PicoDAC, PIP II, TIP II, CSP4096, and Ultrascope)
Laura Teodosio founds Salient Stills, Inc. in Boston, MA, based on "super-resolution" processing technology that she helped develop at the MIT Media Lab to extract a single, high-quality still image from a series of video frames
DAC expands its offerings to include its popular cassette-tape transcribers (DOW2) and Windows PC-based systems for audio forensics laboratories (PCAP and MCAP); by this time, the company's 5-day "DAC School" course has also been established and attended by numerous audio forensics experts worldwide
DAC's products now include its highly-effective multi-channel reference canceling filters (DAC /M 8-5000), its popular PC-programmable digital filters (PDF 2048), and the ubiquitous "T-Series" filter modules (DAC256T, DAC1024T, RCW320T)
DAC relocates to North Carolina, where the company remains headquartered to the present day; by this time, DAC's audio filters are being used by key governmental customers worldwide, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the British Government
Dr. James E. Paul founds Digital Audio Corporation in Anaheim, CA, based on technology that he pioneered while working at Rockwell Aerospace: real-time adaptive audio filters based on digital signal processing (DSP)