Forensic Technology: Peru Empowers Police with IBIS Firearms Identification Systems

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Forensic Technology is announcing that the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior in conjunction with the Canadian government has purchased ballistics forensics IBIS TRAX-3D technology to be installed in Lima and two other locations.

Peruvian government improves the police's ability to investigate ballistics forensics

Since 1999, IBIS technology has helped many countries in Central and South America generate more investigative leads and develop comprehensive strategies to solve more crimes committed with firearms.

The Peruvian government, in conjunction with the Canadian government and Forensic Technology of Montreal, Canada, have signed an agreement that will see the Peruvian National Police receive state-of-the-art IBIS TRAX-3D ballistic identification equipment. The Integrated Ballistic Identification System or IBIS equipment will help the National Police to better investigate and solve firearm crime by capturing and analyzing images of fired bullets and cartridge cases.

The purchased IBIS TRAX-3D systems will facilitate the implementation of a large digitized database that will allow the full imaging and analysis of firearm evidence from crime scenes as well as the comparison of evidence from lost, stolen or confiscated firearms for the purpose of solving more crime. IBIS will help improve Peru’s capacity to deal with violence associated with arms and drug trafficking and with its efforts to tackle cross border organized crime.

“It will allow information to be shared with automated ballistic systems in Latin America, United States and Europe to fight crime and even the informal weapons trade,” reported the Ministry of the Interior.

Ambassador Patricia Fortier signed the contract on behalf of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a national agency that facilitates international trade on behalf of Canadian industry, especially between governments.

This agreement was made possible through a government-to-government contract between the CCC and the Government of Peru’s Interior Ministry. The purchase of the IBIS TRAX-3D systems from Forensic Technology is to provide nation-wide coverage and includes a hub station to be installed in Lima, and two remote stations; one in Chiclayo to the north, and a second in Arequipa to the south. The project’s deployment and installation is slated to take place by April, 2012.

IBIS technology works by taking 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. Almost instantly, IBIS ranks the most likely matches for the forensic expert allowing police to systematically compare recovered ballistics evidence against very large “electronic” inventories of evidence with little effort.

Robert A. Walsh, Forensic Technology’s founder and president, said, “We are very pleased that the National Police have chosen IBIS TRAX-3D as their sustainable solution for meeting the crime challenges of the future. Since 1999, IBIS technology has helped many countries in Central and South America generate more investigative leads and develop comprehensive strategies to solve more crimes committed with firearms.”

About Forensic Technology
Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than twenty years ago and continues to be a leader in ballistics and firearms identification technologies that promote a safer society. We partner with hundreds of public safety agencies in over 60 countries and territories, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

IBIS-TRAX 3D is the latest generation of IBIS technology which incorporates all of the benefits of IBIS and raises them to an entirely new dimension of crime solving value through increased automation, new 3D imaging with the ability to take accurate measurements to the nanometer level and capture more crucial data for better correlation accuracy, and 2D imaging to leverage visualization and ensure backward compatibility with existing IBIS 2D systems.

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