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Advances in Forensic Technology:

2015 Year in Review


With every passing year, new advances in forensic technology enable criminal investigators and laboratory examiners to detect, compare and identify more evidence than ever before.

However, while ‘experimental’ break-through technologies may be making national headlines, it is more often the evolution and refinement of existing technologies that provide the real-world advances most likely to lead to genuine breakthroughs in justice.

Here we take a look at some of the advances in technology, made during the past year, that have already earned themselves a place in the forensic examiners toolbox.



New Foster + Freeman Products in 2015
VSC8000 QDE Workstation
DCS 5 Fingerprint Capture System
fpNatural 1 fingerprint powder
Foram 3 Raman Spectrometer
Crime-lite 82L UV linear light source
Crime-lite IR Search Kit



Popular Forensics News in 2015
Fingerprint Experts: Are you ready for polymer banknotes?
Introducing the VSC8000
New Techniques Examined at Finger Mark Conference
New UK Passport introduces state-of-the-art security features
foster+freeman host forensic industry/academia meeting


Live Infrared Imaging 

While infrared photography in itself may not be a new development (investigators have been using cameras loaded with IR film to photograph evidence such as gunshot residue for years), the ability to search a crime scene with real-time IR imaging is a significant breakthrough.

Using the Foster + Freeman Infrared Search Kit, comprising IR light source with UV-Vis-IR sensitive camera mounted onto a tablet computer worn around the neck with a lightweight harness, the examiner is able to search a scene in the infrared spectrum, quickly scanning the camera across evidence, with results displayed onscreen.

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ISO 'Accreditation-Ready' Instruments

ASCLD/LAB accreditation and ISO-compliance are a major priority for crime lab directors across the US. Safeguarding standards and formalising laboratory procedures; accreditation is a vital, but time consuming, process.

To ensure accurate and repeatable results, and to assist with the accreditation process, the current generation of Foster + Freeman products are being designed to include on-board calibration tools and automated diagnostic tools.

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Remote Document Examination

A new concept in Questioned Document Examination, Remote Document Examination is a process that allows ultra-high-resolution images of documents to be transmitted to any remote location for interrogation by an experienced document examiner, with an appropriate system.

By recording images at such a high quality, the remote examiner can zoom in and scroll around the image at any magnification and with no loss of resolution for closer examination.

With the appropriate software, the remote examiner can display the questioned document image, side by side, with that of an authentic document retrieved from a database for close comparison.

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IR Fluorescent Fingerprint Powders

A new generation of IR Fluorescent Fingerprint Powders are enabling examiners to reveal high contrast finger marks on a wide range of 'challenging' backgrounds.

IR powders fluoresce in the infrared region of the spectrum (where the majority of background interference is suppressed) and produce bright, clear fingerprints with excellent ridge detail visible through an IR sensitive camera.

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