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New Forensics Tool May Re-Open Many Cold Cases: CERA

Bullet cartridge; fingerprints can now be taken, even if the cartridge has been burned by firing: © Consolite ForensicsBullet cartridge; fingerprints can now be taken, even if the cartridge has been burned by firing: © Consolite Forensics Prior to now, it has been almost impossible to track latent prints from discharged cartridge cases.   But a new invention in the field of forensics technology was unveiled last week  that will send uncaptured criminals scrambling, for it has the technology to reveal fingerprints on spent bullet cartridges.

CERA, the Cartridge Electrostatic Recovery and Analysis device, was unveiled at the Northamptonshire Police headquarters last week by the inventor, John Bond, Scientific Support Manager at the police department, and the company set up to exploit its technology, Consolite Forensics.


The CERA distributes a special powder that has a high electrostatic potential uniformly over the discharged cartridge case. The corrosion of the brass surface is revealed by the powder, even if the fingerprints had burned off during firing long before.

 

 

CERA distributes high electrostatic powder over the cartridge: © Consolite ForensicsCERA distributes high electrostatic powder over the cartridge: © Consolite Forensics

 

Once the powder has been optimized, a high resolution camera and lighting system captures and processes a flat image of the fingerprint from the entire circumference of the cartridge.  This image can then be entered into the automated fingerprint identification system.

 

Consolite CERA, invented by John Bond: © Consolite ForensicsConsolite CERA, invented by John Bond: © Consolite Forensics

 

The CERA will receive further testing before being sold to police forces, but inventor Bond says he has already received many cartridges from unsolved murders for analysis.

 

sources: AboutMyArea, Consolite Forensics

Comments
Feb 22, 2011
by Anonymous

Police Technology

Personally, I have experience in this type of Forensic Analysis. Police need new technology, in this case, new inventions to solve many problems in the law enforcement world. One important part of the law enforcement world is finding the killer(s). The citizens expect from all officers at any level to catch the criminals. But how can officers catch criminals if they don't have the right tools? That is why I encourage people to invent new tools for police. If you are part of the police world, then you will have a great advantage over other people, why? because you probably know things or procedures that can be upgraded if you have that "invention". The only thing you need to do is start inventing. If you are a civilian, then find out more about some of the common problems police have. You don't need to invent something very complicated, like the example of this article, just something that make officer's work efficiently. So start inventing! :)