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A New Fingerprint Workflow: A short video, in which a prototype Crime-lite MLD is used to quickly detect fingermarks on evidence 



Detect and photograph more latent fingermarks without the need for chemical dyes, stains, or powders.

For many laboratories, the application of a post-treatment such as Ardrox, Basic Yellow 40, or Rhodamine 6G, is a time consuming daily task that involves the use of potentially harmful chemicals and requires the appropriate safety equipment to be used.

By examining CA-fumed evidence using an R-UV/IR imaging system, it is possible to detect and examine latent fingerprints with no further treatment being required. This eradicates the need to spend time preparing chemical treatments, avoids the need to handle dangerous chemicals, and frees up laboratory staff to perform other duties.


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LFT Reveal Marks on Bullets


RECOVER: Latent Fingerprint Treatment


Sequential Processing Strategies for Fingermark Visualisation on Polymer Banknotes

STATUS: Paper Published, 2018


Longwave Reflected UV for the Enhancement of Cyanoacrylate Fumed Fingerprints

STATUS: Paper Published, 2018

Jointly developed by foster+freeman, the MoD Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), and Loughborough University, RECOVER:LFT is a cutting-edge technique that uses an innovative chemical fuming process to develop fingerprints on a range of difficult surfaces including those that have been exposed to extreme heat (discharged bullet casings for example) and items that have been washed ‘clean’ in an attempt to prevent identification. 



DNA Recovery from Latent Fingermarks Treated with an IR Fluorescent Powder

RESEARCH PARTNER: University of Wolverhampton
STATUS: Paper Published, 2017 





Forensic Science and Document Examination Equipment



UCL wolverhampton-uni demontford  Staffordshire University dstl CAST   loughborough CAHI 







Field of Study Product Group  Application (PDF)   
Fingerprint Enhancement DCS 5 Infrared and Longwave Reflected UV Imaging of Cyanoacrylate Fumed Evidence
Fingerprint Enhancement DCS 5 Imaging Fingerprints on Sticky Tapes
Fingerprint Enhancement Crime-lite Imager Phosphorescent Fingerprint Imaging
Document Examination VSC Examining the Alignment on the Obverse and Reverse of an Embossed Seal
Body Fluid Detection Crime-lite IR Detecting Blood on Coloured Fabrics
Document Examination ECCO Discriminating Printer Toners using LIBS
Fingerprint Enhancement DCS 5 Reflected UltraViolet Imaging
Fingerprint Enhancement DCS 5 / fpNatural IR Imaging: Visualising Fingerprints on Banknotes using fpNatural 1
Fingerprint Enhancement DCS 5 / fpNatural  Seeing into the Infrared: A Novel IR Fluorescent Fingerprint Powder 
Fingerprint Development MVC Range  MVC Applications Guide
Document Examination VSC Visualising Polarisation Features on Banknotes
Body Fluid Detection Crime-lite ML2 Crime-lite ML2 Applications Guide
Trace Evidence Analysis Foram 3 Raman Applications: Discrimination of Methamphetamine Precursors
Trace Evidence Analysis ECCO Identification of Clandestine Laboratory Materials
Trace Evidence Analysis ffTA Discriminating Automotive Paint Samples using the ffTA microspectrophotometer
Document Examination VSC Intersecting Lines: Toner and Ink
Document Examination VSC The Machine Readable LetterScreen ++





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Longwave Reflected UV Imaging of Fingermarks

Calibrated Document Examination

Technology to Recover 'Impossible' Fingermarks

Using reflected longwave UV to reveal fingerprints of exceptional quality without causing damage to DNA evidence.

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In order to meet the requirements of ISO17025 it is becoming increasingly necessary to calibrate and measure the performance of all forensic equipment.

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New product development in collaboration with the MoD Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Loughborough University.

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 A Brief History of... ESDA

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The original Foster+Freeman product, the name ESDA has become synonymous with questioned document examination.

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The world's most advanced range of Video Spectral Comparators for the examination of questioned documents.

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Discover more about how Foster+Freeman pioneered the use of digital photography and enhancement for fingerprint imaging.

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