Details about suppliers

Attestor Forensics designs and manufactures forensic science equipment:
– latent fingerprint development & fuming chambers
– forensic light sources
– evidence photography & viewing systems
– filter workstations


BVDA International focuses on the development and production of products for use in forensic departments of the police, forensic institutes, government investigation agencies, forensic service providers and educational institutions.

BVDA produces a wide range of products. Some examples are readymade reagents and dyes for the visualization of (latent) marks, fingerprint powders and silicone materials for casting tool marks and lifting of powdered fingerprints. The fastest growing product areas are the GELLIFTERS, which are used for the lifting of finger and footwear marks, and GLScan imaging systems, imaging systems which ensure the ultimate result when imaging marks on Gellifters. BVDA is distributor of Polilight light sources in the EU.

BVDA was founded in 1934 and has since been established in the Netherlands. The products are exported to a long list of countries across the globe through a network of local distributors and agents. In two countries within the EU sales offices are established: KTM AB in Balsta, Sweden and Hans Stöckle in München, Germany. The U.S. and Canadian markets are served from a sales office in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.


Founded by a team of fiduciary and forensic expert, Crime Science Technology (C.S.T) designs innovative processes that reveal traces and clues allowing the identification of criminals. In addition, C.S.T develops and markets security features for identity documents and banknotes. Validated by the French Interior Ministry, forensic technologies developed by C.S.T are used on a daily basis by forensic experts in France. Abroad, many polices on several continents, including prestigious institutions such as the FBI or Scotland Yard, have adopted the innovations of C.S.T.

Foster + Freeman are innovators in the design and manufacture of systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints. Established in 1978, Foster + Freeman has become one of the foremost forensic science equipment suppliers in the world, exporting market leading, and in many cases unique products to more than 170 countries.

Our products are designed to assist in finding evidence at scenes of crime and in performing detailed forensic investigations in the laboratory. Our customers include all major police and forensic science laboratories as well as government agencies, commercial and private organisations such as homeland security, immigration authorities, security printers, lottery companies, insurance companies, university departments and national libraries.

With offices in the UK and the USA, and a global network of agents and distributors, Foster + Freeman are able to provide customers with a high level of technical support, installation and training.


Laboratory Imaging company specializes in development of digital imaging systems for forensic examinations since 1991. The solutions are based on specifically developed devices in connection with versatile Lucia Forensic software that provides integrated tools for device control and image acquisition and their processing, comparison, reporting, and organizing.

We introduce the DactyScope fingerprint imaging system, built on a manually focusable stage with LED lights. Its highlight is the 12.3 MP CMOS camera, equipped with a high-quality macro lens, providing excellent image quality without aberrations in the resolution range of 600 – 2400 PPI.

Dactyloscopy Software Layout is designed to accommodate specific requirements for capturing and processing fingerprint images. The images can be taken from gelatin lifters, paper or other surfaces or can be opened from image files, PDF or NIST files. Functions like contrast enhancement, background shading correction and local contrast are available. Special emphasis is placed on the comparison of live camera and stored images, followed by marks annotation and reporting. Latest PC workstations with Windows 10 and 4k monitors are supported.


SCANOVIS is a German startup. We invented a patented high-speed scanning process based on infrared laser spectroscopy for the detection of near-surface substances. Even very small amounts of the target-substance can be visualized and quantified in one rapid step. There are many areas of application, in particular the NON-INVASIVE VISUALISATION OF LATENT FINGERPRINTS.

The contactless and non-invasive process can detect, visualise, digitally preserve and process latent fingerprints on non- and semi-porous surfaces. Most of all this saves time. It also enhances quality. The risk of destroying traces during handling is eliminated. DNA-testing is not interfered with. There is no health risk for the users as opposed to the use of cyanocrylate fumes. We currently develop three laboratory versions of the scanner. We plan developing a hand-held version for direct use at the crime scene. It will boost the speed of identification even more. SCANOVIS is looking for research partners. For example: the high accuracy of the scans may help using fragmented and overlapping traces. It may even help determining the age of fingerprints. We are also looking for distribution partners – and for investors with expertise in the optics industry.


West Technology Forensics is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of forensic VMD systems. Since the launch of their first system in 2000, West Technology Forensics has been at the forefront of innovative advances in VMD technology, resulting in a new forensic VMD range that is specifically tailored to fingermark development, regardless of laboratory capacity or budget.

Additionally, since 2014, West Technology Forensics have been researching the VMD process, which has led to extending this sensitive process for latent fingermark development to many new substrates. The most recent research has identified that a range of forensic VMD metal processes can develop excellent ridge detail on fired ammunition casings. Additional research has confirmed that forensic VMD is one of the only techniques capable of developing fingermarks and revealing touched areas (for subsequent targeted DNA recovery) on a wide range of fabrics. Exciting research by scientists at the NFI has already shown that VMD does not affect subsequent STR profiling, compared to other common fingermark development techniques, including CA-BY40 and Ninhydrin1.

1Bryan Bhoelai, Bas J. de Jong, Marcel de Puit and Titia Sijen. Effect of common fingerprint detection techniques on subsequent STR profiling. Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 3 (2011) e429–e430.

– Details about the NORMDECS scientific research project –

Normative Decision Structures of Forensic Interpretation in the Legal Process (NORMDECS) is a scientific research project, funded by an ERC/SNSF-Starting-Grant, hosted at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). The project ambitions to study fundamental questions of forensic interpretation through probability and decision theory. It aims at conceptualising and substantiating forensic inference, both on a theoretical and practical account, as an integral part of a wider framework for coherent decision analysis in the law.

The project features a highly multidisciplinary perspective by connecting core forensic science and the law – as the main applied research areas – with computational statistics and philosophy of science acting as supporting disciplines.

NORMDECS, led by Alex Biedermann (Principal Investigator), is hosted at UNIL’s School of Criminal Justice (SCJ).