Argentina Establishes Ballistics Database

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Forensic Technology: Argentina establishes a forensic ballistics database to combat firearm crime at the state and national levels.

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...we are extremely pleased that Argentina has not only acquired systems, but that they are developing national ballistics evidence strategies and protocols.

In mid-March, Argentina’s Security Minister, Nilda Garré, and Attorney General, Esteban Righi, signed an agreement to establish the National Central Ballistic Evidence Database. This database will greatly streamline the investigation of firearm crime and allow investigators to track the use of a single weapon across multiple crimes.

Using IBIS technology developed by Forensic Technology WAI Inc. of Montreal, Canada, the Argentinean government will compile data on fired bullets, spent casings and seized firearms.

“Scientific research is a potential aid to criminal investigation. What we are doing with Minister Garré in this agreement is implementing a ballistics identification system which will allow us to be more effective in fighting crime,” explained Righi.

Managed by the Federal Police, investigators will be able to use the IBIS TRAX-3D system, housed in the Federal Police's Scientific Police Office in Buenos Aires, to assist in the identification of ballistics evidence and help police close more cases.

“Our IBIS technology is already helping more than 60 countries across the world solve more firearm crime. South America has embraced our ballistics identification technology for many years and has had great success in linking crimes, guns and suspects,” said Robert Walsh, President of Forensic Technology, “we are extremely pleased that Argentina has not only acquired systems, but that they are developing national ballistics evidence strategies and protocols.”

“The coordination of different areas of the State allows the improvement of services in each area. This program, with significant investment and technological development from the Ministry of Security, has a wide and substantial federal scope,” stated Garré.

Thus, both the Federal and provincial justice systems will be able to turn to this system. In addition, the Public Prosecutor’s Office will be integrated into the Police Science Office’s Code Generation system, which will record all ballistics evidence in a single database and correlate it with information already stored there.

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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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