Cellebrite, an Israeli digital intelligence solutions provider, has entered into a five-year agreement with an unspecified national police agency in Singapore, which will use Cellebrite’s collect and review solution, Premium, to help lawfully expedite the collection of digital evidence. The contract is worth $14 million.
It was not that long ago that Israel and Singapore lacked full diplomatic ties. It was not until March of 2021 that the two nations agreed to upgrade their relations to full ties with an exchange of ambassadors.
Interestingly, though, Cellebrite did not reveal the name of the client; even though, there cannot be that many possibilities in Singapore. The new customer was described only as a “leading Singapore law enforcement agency
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As the old saying goes, “Money talks and B***S*** walks.” Just as with the Abraham Accords which were signed in 2020 and brought peace between Israel and two Arab Gulf States – Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – that had previously been very hostile to the Jewish State, stronger diplomatic ties bring with them increased business. And the improvement of diplomatic relations between Israel and these nations was probably the result of a desire for better business ties.
As with the Arab Gulf nations, Singapore, and Arab countries like Sudan and Morocco that joined the Abraham Accords later on, see the value in doing business with Startup Nation Israel. The world is quickly changing and nations need to see the writing on the wall before it is too late to put petty squabbles ahead of innovation and modernization.
As for this new deal, Cellebrite stated that the 5-year contract creates a “strong partnership between the customer and Cellebrite, enabling us to be a closely integrated partner, both in the areas of knowledge and competencies development and in the technology space associated with top-tiered digital investigations and intelligence.”
Founded in 1999, Cellebrite develops tech that allows law enforcement agencies, among others, to decrypt or hack into smartphones. Cellebrite says that it enables investigators to capture insights in today’s complex, digital world. The company boasts that its digital intelligence platform provides a “complete and objective picture of the evidence, empowering agencies and investigators to solve and close cases faster than ever.”
And Israel is an obvious choice for any country looking for new security, defense, and/or law enforcement technological solutions. Long before the country became known as Startup Nation for its high tech sector, Israel was known as a leading world defense contractor. Now put the two together and you get firms like Cellebrite, which said that this new engagement is also notable due to their equipping the unnamed agency with the “most advanced extraction solution” and direct and immediate access to Cellebrite’s Advanced Services team
“We are thrilled to partner with this large law enforcement agency and progress our joint mission to enhance public safety and build safer communities,” said Arthur Veinstein, President, Cellebrite International. “This contract is a true testament to Cellebrite being an industry leader. I am confident that our DI solutions will help our customer in its digital transformation journey.”