Technology

New Forensic Science Techniques and Technology

Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D. Like most endeavors in science, forensic technology develops new techniques to solve problems and improve processes. Here are some of those recent examples. Drones Ground-based crime scene analysis can be effective, of course, but adding in the help of drone-mounted assistance may mean better efficiency and speed in analyzing a scene. And, unlike ground-based techniques (i.e., taking photos, creating maps and charts, sketching, laser scanning) which might contaminate a crime scene because someone has to walk through…

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Video Analytics

Bill Siuru, Ph.D, PE Video analytics, also called video content analysis, is needed today as the availability of digital recording devices explodes exponentially. Surveillance cameras monitoring a middle school detect a suspicious person lurking on the school grounds. This triggers an alert sent directly to the local police, even before the person tries to enter the school building and the alarm system is activated. Thus, the police can be dispatched to investigate a few minutes sooner, perhaps fast enough to…