Secure digital evidence collection platform launched for construction industry

eviFile product director, Ed Williams and chief executive, Nick Halliday.

Construction projects can now benefit from a secure digital evidence collection platform believed to be the world’s first to adhere to principles set out by the Home Office in the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) digital evidence guidelines.

Business software specialist eviFile has launched its software as a service (SaaS) product of the same name to set new standards in terms of security and digital inspection for the UK construction industry. The product also allows a flexible workflow to meet each customer’s requirements.

Developed over an 18-month period, eviFile is already being used in the UK construction, infrastructure and utilities sectors by contractors to satisfy clients that work has been successfully completed to required standards and timescales, whilst simultaneously protecting against disputes.

The company also expects its platform to be of use for intermediaries working within those sectors, including lawyers and building, project and engineering consultancies. 

eviFile works via standard tablets and smartphones, enabling field operatives to use their device’s cameras and GPS capabilities to capture evidence of work completed. Every use is securely captured with tamper-proof information on time, date, geographical location, user and device orientation. 

The founders of the platform aim to create a new ‘gold standard’ for evidence collection in UK infrastructure and construction projects, whilst also expanding into Europe and the United States to achieve the same objective. Based in Leeds, eviFile’s management team comprises chief executive, Nick Halliday; product director, Edward Williams and managing director, Luke Allen.

Commenting on the launch, Edward Williams said: “We’ve launched eviFile to challenge the status quo and set a new standard in secure field data collection. Our platform meets and exceeds the levels of assurance and evidence major contractors are demanding. We also believe it to be the first in the world to adhere to ACPO’s digital evidence guidelines, creating a single source of truth throughout a whole construction project.

“eviFile has been built to allow its users to enhance efficiencies, protect brand reputation and avoid costly legal disputes. Its use will also contribute more widely to improved health and safety on projects and the data collected can be used to help refine construction methods and processes.

“Our ambition is for eviFile to become the globally recognised gold standard for digital evidence collection, used by major contractors and sub-contractors both in the UK and worldwide. We are targeting rapid growth and are looking forward to announcing our new client wins soon.”

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