Recreated crime scene: top-down view

Field trials were carried out as part of the RISEN (Real-tIme on-site forenSic tracE qualification) project in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project is implemented by a consortium of 19 partners from 12 countries, including the Military University of Technology and PARTICLE summary (PARTICLE) from Portugal. The project leader is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). The Institute of Optoelectronics (IOE) WAT is responsible in the project for a package of tasks related to the development of technical, operational and standard of conduct at the scene of the incident. The tasks of the IOE also include the design and implementation of a laser detector for biological air contamination. The device is to provide constant air monitoring to protect personnel working on the site of forensic operations from biological agents.

Inspecting the crime scene

The tests carried out at WAT mainly concerned the verification of the possibility of practical use of the scene imaging devices available on the market, including 3D scanning. In addition, a system for detecting trace amounts of chemical compounds of contaminated surfaces and a detector of biological air contamination were tested. According to the scenario, the safety of operations in the place where the bombing took place was verified using a remotely controlled robot. Then the scene was imaged with a laser scanner, cameras at a 360-degree angle and photographic documentation was prepared. Scientists from IOE WAT checked the operation of the bioaerosol detector, which warns people working at the scene of the incident in real time about potential biological hazards. Representatives of MasaTech from Slovakia conducted tests of ion mobility spectrometer used as a tool to detect trace amounts of various chemicals. The results of the remote tests were sent in real time to the operator of the data exchange platform developed by PARTICLE from Portugal.

The RISEN Portal developed by PARTICLE

The task of the platform was to integrate and visualize data from various tools created as part of the project. Tests of operation and data integration of all devices developed in the RISEN project were successful. The staging of the terrorist attack site was prepared by scientists from the Institute of Optoelectronics with the support of the Faculty of New Technologies and Chemistry of the University of Technology.

The tests were also attended by representatives of the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements – Łukasiewicz Network (PIAP), the Forensic Laboratory of the Military Police, as well as CYBID and Magic Leap. PIAP representatives presented the possibility of using a mobile robot for special tasks developed at the institute and used in the Polish Armed Forces to assess the scene of the incident in terms of CBRNE threats. Representatives of the Military Police presented equipment for imaging the scenes of the incident, which they use in their daily work. In turn, CYBID presented the capabilities of software and systems supporting the documentation and analysis of road, criminal and fire incidents. Elements of augmented reality were also tested – specialized glasses and software from Magic Leap, which can be used in training services and the army.

RISEN Participants

Further joint tests of the systems developed by the project are to take place in the coming months in the Netherlands and Germany.

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