Forensic Technology Press Releases

MAKERS OF IBIS AND GUNOPS PARTNER TO FIGHT MORE GUN CRIME

Posted by Sabrina Benzid on Jul 4, 2016 9:45:48 AM

June 28, Anaheim, California -- Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology, the world leader in automated ballistics identification systems, has entered into partnership with ShotCaller Global Inc. the makers of GunOps™, in order to expand their product offerings to law enforcement and public safety agencies around the world.

GunOps is the flagship product of ShotCaller Global Inc. and is used by police to help map firearm crime, search for trends and evidence, and hunt for suspects. GunOps is a web-based tool allowing for unlimited collaboration amongst law enforcement personnel, and intuitively built on Google Maps™ making interaction and investigating familiar and straightforward.

 “IBIS has been helping police for over 25 years – and in that time, we have kept pace with emerging trends so that we are always on the leading edge of technology,” explains René Bélanger, President of Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology, the makers of IBIS®. “GunOps is a natural extension of IBIS; by leveraging IBIS data, GunOps is giving investigators a valuable tool in the fight against gun crime.”

The partnership will see Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology leverage its vast network of law enforcement partners in nearly 125 countries to promote and sell GunOps alongside IBIS. In turn, ShotCaller Global Inc. will supply training, and customer and sales channel support.

GunOps is the only application developed specifically to interact with IBIS, the world standard in automated ballistics identification systems used in hundreds of agencies. When combined with IBIS data, GunOps can provide firearm examiners, investigators, prosecutors and chiefs with real-time data that can make a significant and measurable impact in the fight against gun crime.

GunOps was created by Rocky Edwards, a firearm examiner for the Santa Ana PD, and now Chairman of Shotcaller Global Inc., “I speak from experience when I say that GunOps lets detectives, crime scene investigators, firearm examiners, and supervisors collaborate in a way like never before in the fight against gun violence. The way you can access the application from any device, anywhere, anytime helps us quickly zero-in on certain areas or trends making us a much more effective department.”

ShotCaller Global Inc. a small but agile group of business, law enforcement and technical experts delivering GunOps™, a field proven and robust cloud-based web solution. Everyone at ShotCaller believes that they are obliged to do their best to help law enforcement make the thorough and systematic investigation of gun related crimes a sustainable priority.

Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 25 years ago and continues to be a leader in the design and provision of forensic investigative and analysis solutions that help law enforcement agencies in nearly 125 countries make society a safer place.


Media Contacts:

Fernando Carreiro, Director of Marketing, 

Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology

Tel: +1 514-485-5604

 

Andre Demers, Director of International Communications, 

ShotCaller Global Inc.

Tel: +1 514-777-8616

 

Ultra acquires Forensic Technology Inc.

Posted by Andre Demers on Apr 28, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Friday, April 25, 2014-- Ultra announces that it has agreed to acquire Forensic Technology WAI Inc (“Forensic Technology”) from private investors and its management team which includes the company's founder. All of the management team will stay with the business.

Forensic Technology is an international company, headquartered in Montreal, Canada that employs 253 across six offices around the globe. The company provides automated firearm ballistics identification and forensic analysis systems to law enforcement agencies in over 65 countries. Forensic Technology is currently developing a number of document security and analytic products based on its existing capabilities and areas of expertise. The company has a 20+ year track record of delivering market-leading forensic analysis solutions that help police worldwide combat gun crime at local and national levels, as well as internationally through its partnership with INTERPOL. Forensic Technology’s customers include the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Canada’s RCMP, Israel Police, the UK’s National Ballistics Intelligence Service, and the South African Police Service.

Robert Walsh, Founder of Forensic Technology, commented:

“Ultra’s acquisition of Forensic Technology is an excellent opportunity for our companies to leverage each other’s strengths by ensuring continued investment in emerging technologies and building on the existing relationships and support our customers have come to expect. For the next few years, I am proud to assist our company and support Ultra in its efforts to build on their position in the fields of security and forensics.”

The acquisition of Forensic Technology will be financed using Ultra’s facilities and balance sheet, and will be fully earnings accretive in 2015. Forensic Technology will continue to operate from its existing facilities as a bolt–on acquisition to Ultra’s Tactical & Sonar Systems Division.

The transaction is subject to US regulatory approvals. Assuming satisfaction of all closing conditions and approvals, the transaction is expected to close towards the end of the second quarter of 2014.

Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive of Ultra, commented:

“I am pleased with the acquisition of Forensic Technology. It has established a strong position in the international market place and its technologies and capabilities complement Ultra’s broader law enforcement, security and data analytic offerings. This provides an important step in building our portfolio in the security sector.”

 

Further information about Ultra:

Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defence, security, transport and energy company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the Group’s competitors. The Group has a broad range of distinct market or technology niches within its twenty nine businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of platforms and programmes and provides resilience to the Group’s financial performance.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its niches and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors with specialist capabilities and solutions. As a result of such positioning, Ultra’s systems, equipment or services are often mission-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra’s positions for the long term which underpin the superior financial performance of the Group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a programme. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The Group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers as well as formulating Ultra’s overarching, corporate strategy.

Across the Group’s three divisions, the major market sectors in which Ultra operates are:

Defence: Ultra supplies advanced electronic and electrical systems and equipment to coalition defence forces around the world. The Group innovates to provide specialist capabilities that are superior to those available to the enemy. By focusing on delivering comparative military advantage, Ultra can gain market share and exploit the headroom for growth that is available in defence budgets worldwide.

Security and cyber: Ultra provides highly differentiated systems and capabilities to the broad security, intelligence and cyber market. Driven by the actions of rogue states, terrorist groups and organised crime, governments worldwide are focusing expenditure preferentially on addressing these threats. Ultra has highly specialised capabilities in secure communications, networks and high grade cryptographic equipment, key management systems and surveillance and intelligence gathering systems.

Transport: Ultra provides specialist software, systems and equipment for use in mass passenger transport systems. This includes high integrity real-time controls for civil aircraft, advanced IT solutions for modern airports and trackside power equipment for transit rail systems. Demand in all areas is driven by rising populations in affluent and developing regions of the world.

Energy: Countries around the world are addressing the strategic need to have secure access to increasing amounts of low carbon energy. Ultra has a range of safety critical sensors and controls used in existing and new build nuclear reactors. The Group has innovative portable energy sources powered by readily available propane gas. Ultra also has specialist sensors, derived from defence applications, which are highly effective in the underwater environment at hydrocarbon mapping.


Further information about Forensic Technology:

Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 20 years ago and continues to be a leader in ballistics and firearm identification technologies that promote a safer society. We partner with hundreds of law enforcement agencies in over 65 countries and territories, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

Launched in 2013, IBIS® TRAX-HD3D™ 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. Using increased automation and new high-definition 3D imaging, IBIS TRAX-HD3D has the ability to capture crucial data at the nanometer level for better correlation accuracy. And its legacy 2D imaging leverages visualization and ensures backward compatibility with earlier IBIS systems.

In 2011, Forensic Technology acquired Projectina Ltd. a specialized Swiss company in the field of computation, development and manufacture of optical and opto-electronical components and systems for demanding technical areas. Together, Forensic Technology and Projectina offer a wider range of products and services that serve the law enforcement community.

 

 

US Attorney Press Release: Regional HIDTA Award Given for Omaha Gang and Firearm Crackdown

Posted by FT Press on Feb 20, 2014 1:48:00 PM

The following is a press release issued by United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg, District of Nebraska.

February 18, 2014

department of justice seal resized 600United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska, Deborah R. Gilg, announces that the “Wipe It Down” investigation, partnering the Omaha Police Department and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), has received a regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, (HIDTA) award. An awards ceremony was held today at the United States Attorney’s Office honoring 24 investigators and prosecutors involved in this case. The operation, “Wipe It Down” was named as such when a member of one notorious street gang, after selling a firearm to an undercover officer, told them to be sure they “wiped it down” to remove incriminating fingerprints.


At the ceremony, United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg commented, “The outstanding work done by this collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies disrupted a major gang influence in Omaha. This demonstrates law enforcement teamwork at its best.”

In January 2013, ATF and the Omaha Police Department began a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA) sponsored violent crime task force in response to the firearms and gang-related violence in Omaha. The objective of this HIDTA task force is to combat this violence and use federal statutes against gang members who utilize firearms to protect, intimidate, and further their criminal enterprise. Over 50 law enforcement officers and agents participated in the investigation and the execution of arrest warrants and search warrants in this investigation.


This investigation began with every known gang member or associate in the Omaha area, who was arrested with a firearm, being interviewed by Omaha Police and ATF investigators. There were numerous undercover purchases of firearms and narcotics from active gang members and their associates. Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) analysis of these firearms began to link these firearms to numerous homicides, felony assaults and drive by shooting events in and around the Omaha metro. To date, IBIS has linked 182 shooting events, 14 of which relate to homicides and 47 of which directly involved members of one particular street gang.


As a result of this investigation to date, 62 firearms, approximately 1.5 pounds of marijuana, and 310 grams of crack cocaine have been purchased or seized from known gang members and their associates.


In September and October 2013, 27 members of associated and rival criminal street gangs were indicted on various federal charges. The Douglas County Attorney’s Office charged three defendants on state charges. Arresting these 30 gang members represents a considerable impact into the operational ability of these gangs. Seven of the arrested persons are among OPD’s 15 most wanted, related to street gang activity. These 30 persons have a combined criminal history totaling 141 prior arrests, 36 prior felony convictions and 80 prior misdemeanor convictions. Five of the defendants were identified as straw firearms purchasers and were responsible for purchasing 25 firearms for violent street gang members.


“This investigation is an example of our commitment to address the problem of violent gangs whose trade is guns, drugs, and violence”, said ATF Special Agent in Charge, Gregory K. Gant. “The ATF and our partners will continue to work together to pursue, investigate and dismantle entire violent criminal organizations.”


These arrests were a result of the collaborative effort of hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County Attorney’s Office. Thousands of man hours have already been invested, with many more to come as we continue our work to dismantle the violent street gangs which continue to terrorize our community.


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Contact: Joe Jeanette, Law Enforcement Coordinator (402-661-3725)

Topics: NIBIN, award, ballistics analysis, IBIS, Omaha

Forensic Technology Seeks the Next Recipient of the Calvin H. Goddard Award

Posted by Andre Demers on Jan 15, 2014 3:51:00 PM

Montreal, QC, Canada (PRWEB) January 15, 2014

Forensic Technology is very proud to once again open nominations for the Calvin H. Goddard Award for Excellence in Firearm Identification. In its 13th year, this annual contest recognizes excellence in the area of firearm identification. The prize consists of a scholarship to attend AFTE’s (Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners) 2014 Training Seminar to be held in Seattle, Washington, May 11-16, 2014.

Open to submissions from all over the world, the Calvin H. Goddard Award is attributed to an individual or a group of individuals who has attained excellence through sustained superior performance, the exemplary handling of a firearm related case, the implementation of best practices, or by providing the field of firearm identification with an outstanding or unique contribution.

The event has been held since 2001, and previous winners of this competition include John G. Ward, Lucien Haag, and most recently, Sgt. Luke Laterza of the Newark Police Department. Sgt. Laterza won for allowing the Newark to reach 2000 NIBIN hits since 2004 and reduce their evidence backlog to zero.

The selection committee is comprised of two senior AFTE members, two Forensic Technology employees with extensive firearm identification experience, as well as the presiding recipient of the Calvin H. Goddard Award.

Submissions are being accepted until April 4th, 2014.

Forensic Technology is extremely proud of this event as it celebrates an area of law enforcement that is as vital as ever, given the proliferation of shootings and the increase in gun-related violence around the world.

For those involved in the field of forensic ballistics, the fact that this award is named after Major Calvin H. Goddard is significant, as Major Goddard is credited with founding the science of firearm identification.

For more detailed information on the Calvin H. Goddard Award including eligibility criteria, the scholarship, and the nomination process visit: http://www.goddardaward.com.

For more information about Forensic Technology, visit:
http://www.forensictechnology.com

Topics: Forensics, ballistics identification, Goddard Award, ballistics forensics, forensic lab, ballistic analysis, ballistics

U.S. Government Awards $73 Million Contract to Forensic Technology, Inc.

Posted by FT Press on Nov 8, 2013 9:51:00 AM

(PRWEB) November 08, 2013

Forensic Technology Inc. is honored to have been selected by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as the service provider for the U.S. National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) program.

The US$73.4 million contract, awarded on October 11, 2013, ensures that the NIBIN program will continue to receive dedicated support services from the Forensic Technology Global Customer Services and Training Center in Florida. In addition, the contract also includes the timely maintenance of NIBIN and the provision of the most up-to-date software for the NIBIN program until 2018.

The NIBIN program uses IBIS® (the Integrated Ballistics Identification System) which is designed, manufactured and sold by Montreal-based company Forensic Technology Inc. IBIS compares images of ballistic evidence (bullets and cartridge casings) obtained from crime scenes and recovered firearms.

“Since 1991 we have had a strong partnership with ATF, but the relationship extends beyond that of vendor and buyer. Working closely together, we ensure that deployments and services are as streamlined as possible and that efforts and dollars are put where they will do the most good,” explains Robert Walsh, president of Forensic Technology Inc. “Because the leadership and management at ATF is strongly focused on fighting crime, our company and NIBIN can look forward to a future where the United States has the most advanced, efficient, and effective automated ballistics identification system at their disposal.”

Networked across the U.S. at over 130 locations, IBIS systems form the NIBIN network that enables investigators to link crime scenes, suspects, and firearms locally, state-wide, and across the nation. IBIS is also able to communicate with systems outside a country’s borders, thus allowing law enforcement agencies to share ballistic information internationally.

About Forensic Technology
Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 20 years ago and continues to be a leader in ballistics and firearm identification technologies that promote a safer society. We partner with hundreds of law enforcement agencies in nearly 70 countries and territories, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

Launched in 2013, IBIS® TRAX-HD3D™ 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. Using increased automation and new high-definition 3D imaging, IBIS TRAX-HD3D has the ability to capture crucial data at the nanometer level for better correlation accuracy. And its legacy 2D imaging leverages visualization and ensures backward compatibility with earlier IBIS systems.

INTERPOL Symposium Targets Transnational Gun Crime

Posted by Andre Demers on May 10, 2013 8:23:00 AM

INTERPOL and Canadian-based Forensic Technology co-host international conference for law enforcement officials in Montreal.

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) May 10, 2013

Armed criminals are able to move freely. Whether it is gun-runners walking the bridge from the US to Canada, organized criminals driving from Spain to Portugal, or smugglers boating from one Caribbean island to another, criminals cross borders with impunity, while police investigations stall.

Until now.

The INTERPOL Firearm Forensics Symposium (IFFS) is being held May 12-15,2013 in Montreal Canada. IFFS is a gathering of nearly 300 professionals, academics, and policy makers from over 70 countries who are determined to make their streets safer from firearm violence. The primary goal of this meeting is to help countries improve their collection of firearms “intelligence”.

IFFS is co-hosted by INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization, and Forensic Technology Inc, the world leader in crime solving technology solutions, based in Montreal, Canada.

“Connections between firearm crimes and other criminal activities, from corruption and organized crime to human trafficking and terrorism – are evident. Firearm related crimes know no borders, requiring a global response – one which INTERPOL is ideally placed to provide,” explains Ronald K. Noble, INTERPOL Secretary General, “INTERPOL's Ballistic Information Network (IBIN) enables front line officers to detect connections between crimes which can otherwise go undetected. It is another perfect example of the global tools and services provided by INTERPOL in support of our mission: ‘connecting police for a safer world’.”

The IBIN network is powered by IBIS technology, designed and developed in Montreal by Forensic Technology. IBIS has helped law enforcement agencies link hundreds of thousands of firearms, suspects, and cases, and has been used to capture millions of pieces of evidence.

“Our commitment to serving the law enforcement community does not end with our products and support. It extends to partnerships, research projects, and, most importantly, this symposium,” says Forensic Technology president, Robert A. Walsh, “ IFFS brings together unique experiences, ideas, and innovations. Sharing successes and best practices can only enrich our work, and help us all in our mission to seek justice for those who deserve it most.”

About Forensic Technology Inc.
For over 20 years, Forensic Technology has been relentless in its mission to research, design, build, and provide solutions for a safer society. Our IBIS® automated ballistic imaging system, installed in nearly 600 locations in over 70 countries, has been responsible for helping law enforcement agencies link hundreds of thousands of firearms, suspects, and cases, and has been used to capture millions of pieces of evidence. And now, our valuable partnership with INTERPOL is enabling investigators to pursue criminals and investigations across international borders by helping member countries share ballistic information with one another.

Topics: ballistics analysis, ballistics identification, ballistics forensics, Montreal, IBIN, INTERPOL, IFFS

The 2013 Calvin H. Goddard Award Nominations are Open

Posted by FT Press on Apr 24, 2013 8:20:00 AM

Forensic Technology opens submissions for the Calvin H. Goddard Award for excellence in firearm identification. Award to be presented in late June at AFTE Training seminar in Albuquerque.

(PRWEB) April 23, 2013

Forensic Technology is very proud to once again open nominations for the Calvin H. Goddard Award for Excellence in Firearm Identification.

Now in its 12th year, this annual contest recognizes excellence in the area of firearm identification. The prize consists of a scholarship to attend AFTE’s (Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners) 2013 Training Seminar to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 23-28, 2013. Submissions are being accepted until June 7th, 2013.

The selection committee is comprised of two senior AFTE members, two Forensic Technology employees with extensive firearm identification experience, as well as the presiding recipient of the Calvin H. Goddard Award.

Open to submissions from all over the world, the Calvin H. Goddard Award is attributed to an individual or a group of individuals that has attained excellence through sustained superior performance, the exemplary handling of a firearm related case, the implementation of best practices, or by providing the field of firearm identification with an outstanding or unique contribution.

The event has been held since 2001, and previous winners of this competition include John G. Ward, Bruce Moran, and most recently, renowned Firearm Examiner Luke Haag.

Forensic Technology is extremely proud of this event as it celebrates an area of law enforcement that is as vital as ever, given the proliferation of shootings and the increase in gun-related violence around the world.

For those of us involved in the field of forensic ballistics, the fact that this award is named after Major Calvin H. Goddard is significant, as Major Goddard is credited with founding the science of firearm identification.

We invite you to visit the Calvin H. Goddard Award Web site at: http://www.goddardaward.com. There, you will find more-detailed information regarding matters such as eligibility criteria, the scholarship awarded, and the nomination process.

Topics: ballistics analysis, ballistics identification, Goddard Award, ballistics forensics, AFTE

Forensic Technology Named One of Best 50 Employers in Canada

Posted by FT Press on Dec 18, 2012 8:47:00 AM

Study by Queen’s University School of Business and AON Hewitt focused on more than 200 organizations across Canada and measured employee engagement.

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) December 13, 2012 — Forensic Technology is proud to have been recognized once more as one of the Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada for 2013. Sponsored by Queen’s University School of Business, Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing and AON Hewitt, the study focused on more than 200 small and medium organizations across Canada and measured the level of engagement among employees.

According to AON Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they say positive things about their organization, are committed to stay with their current employer, and strive to go “the extra mile” to contribute to business success.

Forensic Technology ranked #34 on the list and was one of only 8 Quebec companies in this category.

Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification over 20 years ago and continues to be the world leader in ballistics and firearm identification technologies that promote a safer society. The company partners with hundreds of public safety agencies in nearly 70 countries around the world, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

“Our research shows that high employee engagement results in lower turnover, greater employee productivity, increased customer satisfaction, less absenteeism and, in many cases, greater economic returns,” said Neil Crawford, a partner at Aon Hewitt and leader of the Best Employers in Canada study. "With that in mind, developing a roadmap for raising engagement is becoming a priority for many employers."

Robert Walsh, president of Forensic Technology explains: “Being a best employer is no longer ‘nice to be’ – it is a strategic imperative for us and plays a significant part in our continued success as a company. We take great pride in being one of the best again this year.”

The average engagement score for the Best 50 Small and Medium Employers was 84 per cent, while the average for other organizations participating in the study was 61 per cent.

To learn more about Forensic Technology, please visit http://www.ForensicTechnology.com.

To learn more about the Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada, please visit http://www.bsmestudycanada.com

Topics: ballistics analysis, ballistics identification, 50 Best, IBIS TRAX-3D