innovators in the design and manufacture of systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints.

Forensic Science and Document Examination Equipment

  • Forensic Science Equipment
  • questioned document examination
  • Fingerprint Evidence
  • Forensic Trace Evidence
  • alternate light sources
  • Forensic Science Equipment


foster + freeman design and manufacture market-leading systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints.

Established in 1978, foster + freeman has become one of the foremost forensic science equipment suppliers in the world, exporting market leading, and in many cases unique products to more than 150 countries.

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 forensic science equipment






 document examination workstations

 fingerprint detection examination and enhancement  

 instruments for the analysis of trace evidence

 forensic alternate light sources





Questioned Documents

Foster+Freeman are recognised world leaders in the field of questioned document examination. Our range of VSC instruments can be found in airports, border controls, government security agencies, banks and forensic laboratories worldwide.


Innovators in the field of latent fingerprint detection, our product range includes traditional methods as well as exclusive new and novel techniques.

Trace Evidence

Foster+Freeman's advanced instrumentation increases the value of forensic trace evidence by enabling examiners to compare and identify minute fragments of evidence using a range of techniques. 

Forensic Light Sources

With the Crime-lite® range of forensic light sources Foster+Freeman have pioneered the use of high intensity LED illumination for the search, detection and examination of forensic evidence both at the crime scene and in the forensic laboratory.

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VSC8000 desktop video spectral comparator



Combining sophisticated digital imaging and multi-wavelength LED technology with a clear and efficient software interface, the VSC8000 provides an array of examination techniques for examination and authentication of all types of document.

Infrared examination, hyper-spectral imaging and the systems integral spectrometer may all be used to detect irregularities or confirm the authentication of a document.


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Advanced cyanoacrylate fingerprint fuming chamber with increased capacity.

A redesign of the popular MVC1000 bench-top fingerprint fuming cabinet, the new MVC1000/XL provides an additional 90ltrs capacity and is tall enough to accommodate rifles, hunting firearms and other objects of up to 1245mm in length.



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IR Fluorescent fingerprint powder

FINGERPRINT DEVELOPMENT portable infrared crime scene examination FORENSIC LIGHT SOURCES

fpNATURAL®1 fingerprint powder

Multi-coloured and densely patterned backgrounds can prevent the successful imaging of fingerprints. However, when dusted with fpNatural 1 IR fluorescent powder, interference can be removed to reveal high contrast prints.

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Beyond Visible Imaging

A new range of Crime-lite® forensic light sources, with UV-Vis-IR camera attachment, enable crime scene and laboratory examiners to detect traces of evidence beyond the limits of human vision.

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Remote Document Examination

A new concept in Questioned Document Examination, ultra high resolution images of documents captured using the PD2000 can be transmitted to any remote location where an experienced examiner, with an appropriate system, can zoom in and scroll around the image at any magnification and with no loss of resolution.

Remote Document Examination provides a cost effective solution to border forces tasked with securing multiple crossing points with limited human resources/expertise.


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 wildlife forensic laboratory

Applications in Wildlife Forensics Reveals Versatility of New VSC8000

A unique fish and wildlife forensics laboratory in Oregon, USA, is using a VSC8000 document imaging system for the comparison and identification of an unusual range of evidence types.



examining the UK passport

New UK passport introduces state-of-art security features

Its colourful new design, celebrating 500 years of the ‘Creative United Kingdom’, has recieved widespread criticism for “airbrushing” women out of history, but is the new British Passport the most secure that the UK has ever issued?


Examine security features on banknotes

Local currencies under examination

There are more than 250 local currencies being used worldwide. In the UK, schemes such as the Brixton Pound are being introduced to promote local sustainability but just how secure are the local ‘banknotes’ that are being issued by these local initiatives?



Fingerprint Experts: Are you ready for polymer banknotes

As the factory line producing the base layer material for the UK’s first plastic banknotes is officially opened, we ask ‘are the nations CSI and fingerprint experts ready for the switch to polymer?’



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