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Recover fingerprints on spent ammunition casings

Study by Royal Canadian Mounted Police reveals fingermarks on spent ammunition casings


Breakthrough in the fight against gun crime as RCMP trial recovers “significant number of identifiable fingerprints” on fired ammunition cartridges and detonated IEDs.

An article produced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and published in the Journal of Forensic Identification, has demonstrated the foster+freeman RECOVER Latent Fingerprint Technology to be capable of revealing a significant number of fingermarks on both fired cartridge cases and post-blast IED debris.

A potential goldmine of forensic evidence, fired ammunition casings have long been considered one of the most challenging exhibits to be examined for fingerprints (possibly due to all traces of evidence being destroyed by the firing process). In fact, despite many years of research, no universal fingermark enhancement method has emerged, until now.


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3D imaging of documents


3D Imaging adds further depth to VSC8000 document analysis


A new 3-Dimensional imaging feature for the VSC8000 enables document examiners to derive a 3D model of a documents surface topography in order to better analyse security features, pen-tip strokes and other impressions in paper. Making use of the camera and illumination options already present within the VSC8000, the new 3D imaging mode will be of interest to all professional document examiners but will have particular relevance to those involved in the inspection of signatures and handwriting, particularly in cases of proof of provenance and ownership dispute.


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Visualization of Fluorescent Fingermarks Developed Using 1,2 Indandione

STATUS: Application Note Released January 2019


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



Forensic Science and Document Examination Equipment



UCL wolverhampton-uni demontford  Staffordshire University dstl  loughborough CAHI 




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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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 ++





Reflected Longwave UV calibrate-VSC difficult to capture fingerprints

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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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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