CRIME SCENE NEWS
‘Indoor GPS’ Apps Closer to Reality With New NIST Challenge

GPS usually works great outdoors, but what if you’re disoriented in a large building such as a museum or a mall? There are no smartphone apps for indoor navigation, but new data collected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—and a competition to find the app developers who can make the best use of it—may help solve the problem.

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New Tool Eases Sexual Assault Reporting

A Wilmington, North Carolina-based technology company, Ten8Tech, will unveil Victim Link at the End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) conference in Orlando, Florida, on April 18, 2017. Victim Link is a sexual assault reporting platform for law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy organizations.

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Researchers Working Toward Indoor Location Detection

Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month's 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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New Program to Assist Agencies in Tracking SAKs

The NIJ recently announced a new solicitation that will assist eligible states, units of local government, and tribal governments to inventory, track, and report all untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). Many law enforcement agencies do not have computerized systems to track the processing of SAKs, so the program will help such jurisdictions ensure accountability and transparency for the collection, processing, and testing of SAKs.

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Living Sensors at Your Fingertips

Researchers at MIT say they have designed a new "living material" that has potential for sensing chemicals in the environment, and in the human body. Xuanhe Zhao, the Robert N. Noyce Career Development associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says the material, described as a "tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically programed to light up in the presence of certain chemicals" could be adapted for crime scene investigation and forensic science.

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Apply to Present at Crime Analysts Conference

The NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts Conference is hosting a call for presentations to feature innovative research at the conference on September 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Selected applicants will be reimbursed by NIJ for per diem, conference fees, lodging and domestic travel.

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)

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