Technology is quickly taking over every aspect of our lives, including solving crimes. The rapid improvements in technology have meant that solving crimes almost takes on a futuristic factor, like something from a work of fiction.
During the forensic science process, forensic equipment is used to process samples and evidence to solve crimes. Crime scene measurement includes analysis of evidence, fingerprinting or DNA identification, analyzing drugs or chemicals, and dealing with body fluids.
Importantly, it’s the fusion of science and technology that allows forensic scientists to do a lot of their work. Specifically, sciences such as biology, chemistry and mathematics are combined with various technologies to process evidence.
There are many different technologies used in the forensic sciences that most people don’t know exist. Some of these technologies include:
- Forensic Photography
Alternative light photography is one of the quickest ways to detect whether damage has been done to a body before it even surfaces on the skin. Used by forensic nurses, alternative light photography can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
The camera uses blue light and orange filters to see whether bruising has occurred below the skin’s surface, and ultraviolet light to enhance bruises, bite marks and search for trace evidence. Infrared photography is used to enhance blood that’s difficult to see on dark and patterned clothing and tattoos due to decomposition, lividity and burning.
- Digital Surveillance For Gaming Equipment
Criminals sometimes hide illicit data on an Xbox in the hope that a gaming console won’t be seen as a likely evidence target. With an XFT Device, once the Xbox file system is mounted, an analyst can browse the directory tree, list its contents, open and view files, and expand subdirectories and files. The XFT Device will give authorities access to hidden files on Xbox hard drives, and can also record access sessions to be used as evidence in court.
- Facial Reconstruction
Facial reconstruction is a method used in the forensic field when a crime involves unidentified remains. The process recreates the face of an individual from their skeletal remains through a combination of artistry, anthropology, osteology and anatomy. There are three main types of facial reconstruction: two-dimensional (photographic prints or drawing), three-dimensional (sculpture or high-res 3D computer image) and superimposition.
Whilst not always the most reliable technology, facial reconstruction is used by many forensic labs to determine the appearance of victims who are too damaged, or whose bodies are decomposing, to make a visual identification. The user inputs data into the software and a possible physical appearance is deduced.
As technology infiltrates every aspect of our lives, it’s no wonder solving crimes has become almost futuristic in its advances. Get the right technology for the job and enjoy ongoing support in achieving reliable analytical measurements with forensic experts. They offer the best laboratory equipment and expert knowledge so you can be confident in your forensic science results.