Forensic Technology Inc.

Forensic Technology Inc.

October 20, 2009 01:00 ET

Forensic Technology: German-Canadian Technology Helps Solve Murder

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - Forensic Technology and NanoFocus AG are proud to be associated with this year's winners of the prestigious August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award. Presented during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference last week in Denver, Colorado, the August Vollmer Award recognizes the innovative use of forensic technology by law enforcement.

Rocky Edwards and Louis Martinez of the Santa Ana Police Department in Santa Ana, California, won the award for innovation in forensic technology.

Their diligent work on a cold case dating from 1994 relied heavily on IBIS® BULLETTRAX-3D™, the latest generation of Forensic Technology's time tested and field proven IBIS technology. A totally new integrated hardware and software solution, IBIS BULLETTRAX-3D incorporates a state-of-the-art 3D optical sensor made by NanoFocus.

"Our technology has been used to help solve crimes in nearly 50 countries since 1992. To see our new IBIS® TRAX-3D™ system play such a significant a role in this cold case reinforces our core belief that our systems can truly help make our society a safer place," said Robert Walsh, President of Forensic Technology.

For over 13 years, Californian detectives were unable to match the suspected murder weapon to the bullet that killed Philip Cousins. While researching cold case, Detective Martinez saw a small undamaged area of the gun barrel of the gun used in the Cousins case. He asked his forensic partner, Firearm Examiner Rocky Edwards, if he knew of a method to extract information in order to link the gun to the fatal bullet recovered during Cousins's autopsy.

Edwards traveled to Forensic Technology headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Using the BULLETTRAX-3D system equipped with the powerful NanoFocus micronssurf sensor, he imaged the fatal bullet to the nanometer level.

Once back in Santa Ana, armed with the ultra high-resolution images, Edwards was able to confirm the link and identify Cousins's murderer. When presented with the evidence, the accused pleaded guilty and is currently serving 35 years for murder.

"NanoFocus sensors are ideally suited to the automotive, electronics, medical, and - as shown in this case - forensic industries. To know that our technology had a part in helping find justice for a victim and his family is something that we all value greatly at NanoFocus," commented Dr. Hans Hermann Schreier, CEO of NanoFocus AG.

About Forensic Technology

Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 15 years ago and continues to be a leader in ballistics and firearm identification technologies that promote a safer society. We partner with hundreds of public safety agencies in over 45 countries and territories, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

With vast experience in scalable-networked solutions, we employ a dedicated team of engineering, forensic, and law enforcement professionals around the world.

IBIS technology can find the "needle in the haystack", suggesting possible matches between pairs of spent bullets and cartridge cases, at speeds well beyond human capacity, in order to help forensic experts give detectives more timely information about crimes, guns, and suspects.

For more information about Forensic Technology please visit: www.forensictechnology.com.

About NanoFocus AG

NanoFocus AG is a pioneering technology leader offering a new generation of high-precision optical 3D surface analysis tools for laboratory and production applications. The company is revolutionizing the surface analysis market with its award-winning, user-friendly, robust, economical instruments. Scientific and industrial users successfully use their systems for the three-dimensional mapping and inspection of micrometer and nanometer surface structures.

For more information about NanoFocus please visit: www.nanofocus.com.

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