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<p>MSAB products including XRY Office let officers easily extract data from digital devices. (Photo: MSAB)</p>

MSAB: The Mobile Device Forensics Ecosystem  

November 8, 2016

By David Griffith

MSAB's ecosystem includes a kiosk for capturing and disseminating data; a desktop or field forensic software tool; and an analysis tool that helps investigators piece together who was using the digital device, when it was used, and for what purpose.

Genetic Witness  

November 8, 2016

By Melanie Basich

What if you have unidentified remains and no clue as to who the person is? Or blood from a suspect, but no idea of who to look for? Snapshot DNA Phenotyping can analyze an unidentified person's DNA to create a picture of what he or she looks like.

<p>Screen shot from Vigilant Solutions FaceSearch showing an image-editing tool that can be used to improve the odds of a match.</p>

Facial Recognition Comes of Age  

November 7, 2016

Applications for facial recognition are still being determined, but some of the most common include criminal investigations, identification of people with false IDs, and access control.

<p>Photo: Faro</p>

Capturing a Moment in Time  

November 7, 2016

By Melanie Basich

Unlike manual techniques, a 3D laser scanner captures millions of data points to create a point cloud map. Multiple 360-degree scans can be combined to create a complete 3D view of a scene that can be revisited later in great detail.

<p>Illustration: Giuseppe JO Cafaro</p>

Looking Forward  

October 11, 2016

By David Griffith

We'll do a little bit of looking at the past in the last two articles of this special feature section. But we decided it might be more interesting to look forward instead of look back.

<p>Illustration: Giuseppe JO Cafaro</p>

Policing in 2056  

October 11, 2016

By Christopher B. Kuch and David Griffith

Rather than create a wish list of police gear we would all like the future to bring, we're going to try to show how the technologies in development and the events of today will affect the law enforcement officers of the future.

<p>Brite Computers Q736 Tablet</p>

Handheld Mobile Devices  

October 11, 2016

By Katherine Fleming and Megan Satalich

These devices take police technology into the 21st century, making it easier for officers to issue citations, scan documents, and communicate. Designed to provide multiple solutions, each product is rugged enough to accomplish any number of tasks regardless of weather conditions.

<p>A prototype of Hound Labs&#39; Hound device. The Hound can measure the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present in a person&#39;s breath. (Photo: Hound Labs)</p>

Hound Labs: Sniffing Out Marijuana  

October 10, 2016

By Melanie Basich

The Hound is completely different in that it measures the amount of THC in a person's breath – which stays there for only a matter of hours at most. It measures blood alcohol content through breath as well.

<p>Microsoft&#39;s Advanced Patrol Platform features technology running on the Azure cloud. (Photo: Microsoft)</p>

The Cloud: Beyond Data Storage  

October 10, 2016

By David Griffith

Many law enforcement agencies have turned to the cloud as a solution for their data needs and for delivering mission critical information to officers in the field.

<p>Photo: POLICE File</p>

Think Before You Hit Send  

October 10, 2016

By Laura Scarry

What about those text messages and emails that are sent on officers' personal devices? Are they safe from scrutinizing eyes?

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