using the VSC8000


Foster + Freeman Ltd, innovators in the design and manufacture of forensic science equipment, have today announced the worldwide launch of the VSC®8000 document imaging workstation, a new flagship Video Spectral Comparator for the comprehensive examination of all questioned documents.


The latest in a line of industry leading document examination workstations, the VSC®8000 provides powerful facilities for the interrogation of documents including passports, travel and identity documents, banknotes, cheques, official letters and breeder documents, as well as works of art and other valuable artefacts.

“Foster + Freeman technology has been at the forefront of document examination since the launch of the original VSC® workstation some 35 years ago,” explained Bob Dartnell, the companies Managing Director.

“The new VSC®8000 builds upon that technology, combining vastly improved multi-spectral LED light sources with our most sophisticated digital imaging technology to-date. The resulting system enables examiners to verify documents by detecting the presence of hidden security features and to reveal evidence of alterations or tampering that would have previously remained imperceptible to all but the most advanced of examination instruments.”


Integrated hardware, application focussed software

The complete questioned document examination solution, the VSC®8000 is equipped with a integral motorised XY stage for precise positioning of documents under high magnification, a high-specification spectrometer for accurate colour analysis, and a new ‘Super Resolution Imaging (SRI)’ optical system, which provides excellent image clarity and resolution of documents up to A4/Letter size.

All VSC®8000 operations are carried out via a powerful desktop PC, running the updated VSC® Suite 7.0 software. Super Resolution Images are displayed on a 32” 4K UltraHD monitor.

A new streamlined method of conducting examinations, the VSC®8000 introduces for the first time ‘Document Specific Workspaces’, a range of application focussed software environments that provide the tools and functions specific to the document being examined. A direct result of existing VSC users feedback, pre-set workspaces exist for passport examination, ID cards, banknotes, and ink analysis.


Diagnostics and Calibration

To ensure accurate and repeatable results, and to assist laboratories seeking ISO accreditation, the VSC®8000 can be calibrated using NIST traceable standards (supplied with all systems).

Reliable system performance can be verified using simple automated diagnostics (triggered manually or on system start-up) to check the status of motors, light sources and filters. A detailed diagnostic report, exported as a PDF document, may be presented as evidence of VSC®8000’s validity as a system capable of providing the definitive examination of questioned documents.