Remote Viewer for Bullet Comparison
Analysis by forensic firearms examiners critically affects criminal and terrorist cases both domestically and on the battlefield. The need for firearms examinations is increasing, yet the number of those qualified is limited and concentrated at forensic laboratories located far from the scene or combat zone. Quantum Signal, LLC is developing a solution that remotely extends the range of the forensic firearms examiners. Rather than being on site, the examiner can use a "teleoperated" comparison microscope to study the markings and striations on bullets and spent shell casings to make identifications. The system will allow remotely located examiners to manipulate and examine evidence placed in a motorized mount under a comparison microscope by an on-site technician. All of the typically adjustable features of the microscope, such as zoom, focus, and lighting, will be controlled via a user-friendly "teleoperated" interface. This will enable a single firearms examiner to analyze evidence efficiently at a host of different locations directly from their existing laboratory and will take the crime lab to the battlefield or crime scene.