The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) and CBRNE Tech Index announces a new partnership to provide forensic expertise to the database and technology evaluation tool. CBRNE Tech Index and NFSTC are teaming up to increase access to accurate and unbiased information about detection technology, allowing forensic agencies and investigators a way to compare technologies and find the tools that will best suit their needs.
CBRNE Tech Index is an independent database housing information and yielding comparisons of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) detection and analysis equipment. The database is accessible worldwide to make research easily searchable for people all over the world.
“Forensic science has a long history of adapting various detection technologies toward matters of crime and identification,” says Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC’s CEO. “Educating the detection consumer improves public safety and the Index is a useful tool when agencies are looking for new equipment. Many decision makers are not classically trained as chemists or scientists. Our partnership will help these agencies by providing objective perspectives on what tools are out there and whether they will work as intended.”
As partners, NFSTC will be responsible for providing expertise regarding the applicability of various technologies in the forensic arena. When shopping for new equipment to solve criminal justice problems, agencies need objective information that ensures taxpayer funding is spent in the most useful and appropriate way.
The Index currently houses information on more than 900 different detection tools. They are currently working on the addition of a forensic application tab and increased search capabilities will focus the field of possibilities for forensic and crime scene users. Technologies will be added to the forensic tab routinely to increase options for lab and agency users. NFSTC and CBRNE Tech Index, powered by MRI Global, are leaders in technology evaluation and regularly review technology for CBRNE and forensic use.
“Agencies purchasing new equipment need to understand that detection capability that has overlapping areas,” explains Lothridge. “For example, the HazMat team might be able to use the same explosives detection equipment as the SWAT team. Sharing the technology allows communities to make best use of their detection investments.”
The Index can be found at www.cbrnetechindex.com and is free of charge to the end user. Technology companies subscribe to the service.
About CBRNE Tech Index and MRIGlobal
CBRNE Tech Index is an independent, unbiased, and reliable database that reports on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) detection and analysis equipment. Our goal is to make this information easily accessible and searchable for people all over the world. CBRNE Tech Index is operated by MRIGlobal and can be found at www.cbrnetechindex.com.
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