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Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to:

Another handy LED light

comes from PentagonLight. The MOLLE Light Forest is the smallest high-power anglehead LED flashlight available on the market today. Its small size and rotating metal clip provide attachment options to numerous spots, including PALs webbing, for hands-free operation. The 40-lumen white light is powered by a single AA battery and has a runtime of up to three hours. To learn more, go to:

A reagent for DNA analysis

from Biomatrica, PCRboost, enhances PCR and RT-PCR performance five-fold or more by improving sensitivity and specificity during amplification of genomic DNA and RNA templates. PCRboost makes it easy for scientists to amplify templates that are traditionally difficult to amplify and that are present in small quantities. At the same time, the number of cycles needed and the amount of polymerase used are reduced, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Users say PCRboost greatly improves the amplification of difficult samples, enhancing the yield, specificity, and consistency of the final product. Just add this reagent instead of water to the reaction mixture. To learn more, go to:



Start gathering real-time video

as soon as you arrive at the crime scene with the Rapid Response Video-to-Vehicle Starter Kit from EFJohnson Technologies. This portable kit enables personnel to set up real-time video surveillance and send live footage of the scene back to a command-and-control vehicle—all using a secure, wireless network. Key features of the self-contained unit include portability, setup and teardown in just 15 minutes, FIPS 140-2 Validated security, rugged construction, eight-hour battery power, and hard-drive storage capability for recorded video. To learn more about this portable video-to-vehicle kit, you can visit the EFJohnson Technologies website:

These tire transparency lifters

from Pioneer Forensics are a new method for taking tire standards for use in examinations. Unlike other methods, these lifters do not require the use of messy inks or unprotected powdered sheets, and you do not need to wait for ink to dry. Developed by board-certified footwear examiners and full-time criminalists, the transparency lifters require less garage space when rolling out full revolutions: in most cases, you will only need eight feet when using this method. The sheets measure 18 x 48 in., providing plenty of space for both the impression and corresponding notes. To learn more, visit the Pioneer Forensics website:

Receive mobile broadband

coverage outside your vehicle with the newly enhanced line of AirLink MP rugged in-vehicle modems from Sierra Wireless. The new MP 595W (shown above), MP 880W, and MP 881W modems include an 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi hotspot and full routing capabilities to simplify installation and communication between the modems and peripheral equipment. This addition will allow customers to access their mobile broadband coverage while outside the vehicle, providing additional freedom and flexibility. To learn more, go to:

This bright LED flashlight

is now also rechargeable. FoxFury’s MF 1000, the first LED flashlight to break the 1,000 lumen barrier, now has an optional lithium ion-technology rechargeable battery system. The MF 1000 CREE model, available in white as well as other wavelengths, offers a focused 8° beam angle, allowing longer-distance viewing. The Tac-Fire CREE (all-white light) was recently upgraded to 1,130 lumens and allows you to see up to 600 ft for 45 to 60 minutes of continuous use. To learn more about these models, go to:

Portable Transport Carts

from Atmos-Tech Industries provide a sterile HEPA-filtered environment that provides safe storage and transport of critical samples and evidence. A constant-purge filtration system runs on a battery system that can be recharged by an automobile 12-volt outlet and 110-volt receptacles. To learn more, go to the Atmos-Tech website:

Video captured by a camera

mounted in a police vehicle can offer a lot of valuable visual information about pursuits and other encounters. A new product from Apollo Video Technology, the Interactive Speed and Mapping (iSM) software solution, makes that video even more useful by adding a GPS-enabled graphical interface. Simply by adding a GPS antenna to the RoadRunner Mobile Video System, anyone reviewing the video can also get information about location, route, and speed. Landmarks, road conditions, and safety zones are also displayed. This can simplify report writing and aid in locating discarded evidence. The iSM software interface is license free, has no monthly fee, and can be used with all versions of the RoadRunner Mobile Video System sold after February 1, 2008. To learn more, go to the Apollo Video website:

A new flexible borescope

from Titan Tool Supply, Inc. includes a “twist & flex” feature: the image bundle can be twisted via a 90° mirror tip that allows a full 360° view of the interior. The model TFS4-720 flexible borescope features a high-resolution, 17,000 optical fiber imaging bundle, multi-coated optics that provide a sharp image, and a 1.25-watt high-intensity LED battery handle. Designed for inspection of hard-to-access areas, the borescope has a diameter of 0.17 in., flexible length of 28.35 in., a 45° field of view, and focal length of 0.2 in. to infinity. The unit is waterproof with oil- and fuel-resistant sheathing. To learn more, go to:

This personal air purifier

system from Noah Systems provides clean air for you to breathe on the go. The Zoen system can be worn on the belt, inside a pocket, or hung around the neck while it delivers up to 3 CFM of uncontaminated air. A flexible tube (which can be cut to length) carries the air to the neck area and creates a cloud of clean air around the face, displacing the unfiltered ambient air. A mask is also available for maximum protection. To learn more, go to:

Digital-file management

can be a real challenge for any law-enforcement agency, particularly when it comes to managing hours of video from in-car systems and other digital sources. Kustom Signals recently introduced a new digital-evidence storage system, KustomNet, which allows you to combine mobile and fixed digital video, audio, photos, and other related digital assets into one management system. According to Kustom Signals, this software will be most useful to agencies that have large fleets and terabytes of data dominated by video files. This software allows authorized users to control user access, automate retention policies, search and edit digital files, create case files, and view a detailed “chain of evidence.” Case files can be created to include all associated digital information and are accessible across the network. To learn more about this digital-file management software, go to:

  May-June 2008 (Volume 6, Number 3)
Evidence Technology Magazine
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