Better use of biometric data, world class labs and intelligent forensic examination means big rewards for security. Fusing together the best technology, people and process, will get you more from forensics.
Big Improvement, Fast
How BIG is big and how FAST is fast?
iFSS helps you plan out the most appropriate forensic improvement journey starting with 3 basic questions:
Question 1: Where are you now?
Question 2: Where do you want to get to?
Question 3: How do you get there?
The answer lies in a careful examination for three elements; people, process and technology. A clear picture of the current state and the future desired state will show the gap between the two. The strategic roadmap to fill the gap will show how a forensic improvement programme can be executed. To plan the best journey forward, we have designed a unique, proven analytical process called iPath.
The next step is straight forward. Large sections of forensic infrastructure can be implemented as pre-formed building blocks so that other elements integrate over time. We deliver turn-key projects called iFusion that take the pain out of sourcing the chosen solution. This leaves you in control of the outcome, you pay one price and receive fully operational infrastructure in a predictable timescale.
iPath Advisory Services
A Straight Forward 5 Step Approach
For new forensic programmes to be effective and deliver value for money, any project must be planned in the context of a national criminal justice system or security application.
iPath is an open planning framework which does this and stops the wrong problem being solved really well. By using bespoke benchmarking research, specialised capacity planning models, workflow models, each iPath study delivers a comprehensive implementation roadmap through 5 straight forward steps:
Step 1: Define the ultimate goals, vision and timescale.
Step 2: Understand the demands to placed on the whole forensic process crime scene-to court.
Step 3: Model workflows to find the best forensic process inside and outside the lab.
Step 4: Align technology and people to the forensic process, prioritise and plan.
Step 5: Implement the forensic improvement roadmap.
iPath studies vary in time and purpose depending on the size of the forensic improvement project. The iFSS planning approach works for National database projects as well as smaller lab improvement programmes.
After each iPath investigation, clear decisions can be made as to the right technical solution, best practice as well as training and recruitment needs. An iPath study should always precede an iFusion implementation project. In this way, the best approach is chosen, delivering value for money, efficient forensic infrastructure which best suits the policing or security agency concerned.
For the next step, go to iFusion
iFusion Turn-Key Solutions
Pre-packaged Integrated Forensic Infrastructure
iFusion implementations can vary in size from small laboratory installations to multi-million pound full service forensic infrastructure.
The goal in every case is to deliver predictable performance, predictable operating costs and long term productivity.The key principles are the same. The tight integration of forensic service at every point in the end-to end case process brings:
Better performance from every role on the forensic supply chain.
Reduced time spent doing tasks twice (it happens!).
Higher productivity at lower cost.
Better customer service to the real users of forensic evidence.
Better resource planning: investigators, labs, intelligence officers.
More accurate cost management.
More forensic data becomes available for intelligence purposes.
As a company, iFSS specialises in integrating all of the forensic activities in the case process from evidence collection, laboratory examination, database management, through to reporting in court and even advice on legislation.
iFusion programmes are delivered as fixed priced, fixed timescale installation projects with options for future support, training, expansion and upgrade. This way the stakeholders of new forensic infrastructure can be confident of a predictable total cost of ownership over 5 or 10 years, have the confidence of high productivity and a future proof technology platform.
For the next step, go to Turn-Key Solutions
Efficient Labs with Predictable Running Costs
DNA profiling has become a powerful tool for investigation purposes because, if managed in the right way, is a clear way of confirming or denying the identify of an individual present at a specific location.
Success depends upon DNA profiles being generated from high quality samples found at a crime scene and then compared against a reference database containing validated personal profiles of suspects or previously convicted criminals. If a match is found, then there is a high probability that the sample at the crime scene confirms the identity of an individual suspect.
However, the whole process will not deliver certainty if:
The reference DNA database is not 100% accurate.
Reference sample or crime scene sample are contaminated with another person’s DNA.
A DNA line fails to generate a profile from a good sample (i.e. samples are missed.)
For these reasons, any serious forensic DNA analysis laboratory uses two processes through two different lines: one for reference and one for crime scene.
The key questions then become:
How many profiles are expected to be processed per month or year?
Is each profile expected to be produced in weeks, days or hours?
The answer to these two questions will determine the specifications of:
DNA collection process and the devices used.
DNA processing equipment.
DNA signal interpretation.
DNA database software.
Numbers of staff required.
Training needs of those collecting samples, those operating the lab and those using the results in court.
iFSS offers three basic lab configurations, each having a different acquisition and running cost, staffing levels, equipment profile and training requirement.
The table below indicates typical usage of a line with variations in capacity.
Basic options are shown below:
Low Capacity Medium Capacity High Capacity
Typical Use Crime samples
Either high volume crime smaples or medium capacity reference line for a DNA database
High volume reference line or building a large National DNA database
Numbers of Samples 20,000 per year 75,000 samples per year 250,000 samples per year
Turn Key Delivery
One price, one delivery goal
We implement highly efficient forensic infrastructure as fixed-cost, turn-key projects. By fusing carefully selected technology with highly efficient forensic processes run by well trained people, we deliver predictable, high quality performance with a low total-cost-of-ownership.
The goal of each project is to take the pain out of sourcing the most appropriate solution and delivering long term value-for-money.
Forensic labs delivered through iFusion can either focus on a green field site or upgrade of an existing facility. Every programme is designed with the providing high quality capability as soon as possible but with the longer term in mind.
Turn-key delivery provides:
Low entry cost point to best-in-class forensic processing capability.
Tried and tested pre-packaged solutions.
Fast, accurate start-up with minimised time to operational productivity.
Predictable longer term total cost of ownership.
Quality accreditation to international standards.
All the elements necessary are delivered in one single package at a fixed price with fixed delivery timescale. Each i-Fusion programmes include:
A fully managed implementation project from start to finish supported by subject matter experts.
Lab design and workflow planning.
All peripheral lab equipment, consumables and so on.
Modular prefabricated technology solutions with the built-in benefit of integration.
Implementation and testing of the new lab.
Use of standard operating procedures delivering pre-packaged best practice.
Integration hooks with:
evidence collection and storage
evidence tracking systems
laboratory information systems
Long term support options.
Where required, full quality accreditation support under the international ISO 17025 standard.
Operational training and knowledge transfer.
A single point of contract management
A huge breadth of knowledge in forensic best practice
Our team along with our expert Associates have all held senior positions in the forensics industry. This gives iFSS a huge breadth of knowledge in best use of forensic analysis and the integration of biometric databases to create intelligence for national security and policing applications.
The iFSS team led the development of international business for the UK Forensic Science Service delivering major forensic improvement projects in the Middle East, technical diagnostic reviews in Europe, Africa and North America and continue to advise on National DNA database implementations around the world.
Close working relationships with the leading forensic technology suppliers and forensic service providers around the world means that iFSS customers have a trusted route to the best combination of technology and forensic expertise to give the following benefits:
The best technical solution is found to match budget and scope of use.
Each implementation is proven, established, tried and tested.
By working with the leading forensic service providers, iFSS ensures that best practice is built in to each project.
Specific experts are selected from a wide network of forensic scientists, crime scene investigators and trainers.
Each project is run and co-ordinated by iFSS project managers experienced in implementing forensic infrastructure meaning projects run to agree timescales and budgets.
iFSS Associate Network
A Wide Network of Expert Associates
iFSS has access to a wide group of expert associates, hand-picked to work alongside iFSS consultants and project managers to deliver world class forensic infrastructure.
All iFSS Associates have:
An excellent track record in their area of expertise.
Have delivered best practice in live projects or business functions.
Have often been pioneers in the specialist branch of forensic science.
Hold science degrees as a minimum and PhDs.
All will have worked in a forensic science capacity for a minimum of 5 years.
Held senior positions in Police Force, Security Agency related Government department.
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Through iPath and iFusion projects we believe we can make a significant difference to the way new forensic infrastructure is implemented that is easy to buy, delivers step change inprovements early and provides lasting benefits.
To deliver our vision, we need a number of associates to work in an advisory capacity as well as delivering first class forensic improvement projects. Our clients need support and knowledge transfer from a wide range of forensic disciplines and related areas of expertise:
Legislation applied to biometrics DNA, fingerprinting, toxicology. fibres etc
Crime pattern analysis Specialist software e.g. DNA interpretation
Forensic process modelling Laboratory information systems
Biometric and forensic databases Case management systems
Incident/crime scene management Forensic training
Evidence management Forensic case strategy
Lab integration Project management
Reporting to Court
If you, believe you have the same level of passion as us to deliver excellence, want to work in a growing number of international forensic market places and help our clients to deliver justice, then complete your personal profile and end it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be in touch.