Forensic Technology Inc.

Forensic Technology Inc.

March 07, 2008 10:20 ET

Montreal Firm Recognized for Crime Solving Technology Renews $60M

MONTREAL: FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY WAI INC. of Montreal is proud to announce the signing of a contract to provide support to the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) by the U.S.

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - MONTREAL: FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY WAI INC. of Montreal is proud to announce the signing of a contract to provide support to the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) worth $60+ million dollars over the next 5 years effective April 15, 2008.

The core technology used by the NIBIN program is Forensic Technology's Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS). IBIS has been field proven and time tested by law enforcement over many years in more than 45 countries, around the world to produce the crime solving results.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) administers the NIBIN network connecting IBIS systems in over 200 crime labs across the country - resulting in over 22,000 hits or ballistics matches linking over 44,000 shooting incidents thus far. These links provide investigators with crucial investigative leads which otherwise would have been impossible leading to the solving of murder cases within their own jurisdictions and across others as well.

Every crime gun and piece of ballistics evidence has a story and IBIS helps police unravel it. To do this, IBIS captures digital images of the unique microscopic markings found on fired bullets and cartridge cases. An electronic signature is extracted from each image and compared against the database of previously entered ballistics evidence. With Lightning speed, IBIS ranks the most likely matches for the forensic expert who must then confirm the finding under a microscope. IBIS finds the needle in the haystack linking crimes, guns and suspects.

Forensic Technology's President Robert Walsh said: "By speeding up the processing of ballistics evidence, armed criminals may be stopped before they have the opportunity to shoot and kill again and this is something we are honored to be a part of."
Under the new contract, Forensic Technology will provide technical support to over 200 IBIS Stations located across the Continental US, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The contract also contains options for the modernization of IBIS equipment.

The new contract marks the fifth contract between Forensic Technology and ATF marking over 15 years of continuous IBIS service.
This comes at a time when many cities are searching for solutions to rising levels of gang and gun related violence and a new report just released from the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences has concluded that the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) and supporting IBIS technology "provides a valuable service in helping to solve gun-related crimes".

IBIS technology also forms the core of the very successful Canadian Integrated Ballistics Identification Network (CIBIN). On November 16, 2006 a historic agreement aimed at tackling gun violence was signed by the governments of Canada and the United States to exchange CIBIN and NIBIN ballistics data. Commenting at the time of signing, Minister Stockwell Day said: "today's agreement will further enhance our ability to tackle gun violence on both sides of the border and keep our communities safe and secure."

The networking of IBIS equipment across North America provides law enforcement agencies with a powerful tool to stop firearms related crimes. With the click of a mouse, a firearms expert in Los Angeles can compare evidence from a crime scene against evidence in New York as well as Toronto. The same can be done by firearms experts in Canada.

Over the past 15 years, IBIS has evolved through three generations of improvements to include the latest IBISTRAX-3D line of solutions; and is in use in over 45 Countries around the world helping police link crimes, guns, and suspects. While IBIS has proven to be a very valuable tool - Forensic Technology recognizes that it takes committed people and sustainable processes to use it most effectively. We commend and support the men and women who work hard everyday on the front lines and in the forensic labs to help make our communities safer places in which to live.

Learn more about Forensic Technology at www.forensictechnologyinc.com

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  • Dominique Cummings, Media and Public Relations Coordinator, Forensic Technology inc.
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