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NFSTC joins JANUS Research Group to support Army Expeditionary Forces

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has been selected to work with JANUS Research Group, Inc. (JANUS) on a 5-year, $800 million multiple award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract supporting Army Expeditionary Forces. The team will provide basic and applied research, advanced technology development, demonstration and validation, and operational systems development services for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Advanced Expeditionary Warfare Development (AEWD) program.

NFSTC’s experience and expertise will support the efforts in Expeditionary Forces and Special Operations, and Deployable Force Protection categories. More than 30 contractors will coordinate their know-how to provide timely, top-quality work for our nation’s warfighters.

“We are honored to serve the U.S. Army under this contract,” says Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “NFSTC has a proud history of serving our nation’s military with training and logistical support and we intend to adhere to the high standards we have set in that arena.”

The evolution of tools and techniques that can take forensic analysis beyond the laboratory coupled with the growth in expeditionary force deployment has created a need for skills and system development.  NFSTC provides biometric, forensic and expeditionary analysis training and support to a variety of military and homeland security customers.

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About JANUS:

JANUS enhances the efficiency and performance of organizations by providing innovative and cost effective services, products, and solutions through technological enhancements and improved business processes. JANUS is a forward thinking and leading edge technology solutions provider of research and development, communications, and information technology (IT) services and products, intelligence and security solutions, program and acquisition management, combat development services, historical data collection, and systems analysis and assessments. Since 1997, JANUS Research Group, Inc. has earned the reputation of being an industry leader in providing clients with relevant, efficient, and cost effective services, products, and solutions that enhance organizational performance. JANUS provides cutting edge engineering, communications and intelligence solutions to their clients.

JANUS applies tailored software and hardware solutions to complex problem sets.  With full capabilities in-house, JANUS has the flexibility to meet and exceed client expectations while providing the best value with the latest technology available. Additional information about JANUS is available at www.janusresearch.com.

About NFSTC:

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) provides quality forensic services including training, consulting, technology evaluation to the justice, forensic science and defense communities.  NFSTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida. www.nfstc.org

Five Keys to a Successful DNA Biological Screening Program

Sexual assault kit and DNA backlogs across the country are in the news with alarming frequency. With rising public outcry gaining the attention of media and lawmakers, it is critical that laboratory and agency leaders are forward-thinking in their approach to solutions and proposing efficient and effective new processes.

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Download our white paper to learn more about setting up a successful biological screening program in your laboratory.

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NFSTC celebrates 20 years of innovation

org-NFSW2015Since opening its doors 20 years ago with the charge to “do good things” in the forensic science community, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has grown from a single office operation to one of the top defense contractors in Tampa Bay. The long road to this milestone has proved the Largo-based company can stand the test of time.

In October 1995, the O.J. Simpson trial concluded with the verdict announced in front millions of TV viewers from across the world. The months-long trial was sensational and highlighted testimony from forensic scientists and crime scene investigators, piquing public interest in the industry.

Seeing a need to strengthen and support forensic science in response to this new visibility, members of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) founded the NFSTC with $1500. In a small room at the St. Petersburg Community College, NFSTC began its work.

“Our goal from the beginning was to have science serve justice,” explains Kevin Lothridge, CEO at NFSTC. “After mapping out our course, we were awarded federal grant money in 1999 which allowed us to develop laboratory accreditation preparation, nationwide DNA laboratory audits and crime scene investigation and other forensic training to domestic law enforcement agencies.”

By 2011, NFSTC was the recipient of more than $10 million dollars in National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant funding. But federal funding is cyclical and by 2012 that total plummeted to nearly $4.5 million. In 2014, NIJ funding of training projects by NFSTC and other organizations had completely stopped.

“The funding shift made us look outside the proverbial box to find new customers in need of our expertise,” says Lothridge. “We grew our work as a defense contractor offering CSI training that would work on the battlefield. Staying in business was of course important because no one else does what we do. Staying in operation we felt was an imperative service to the civilian and military law enforcement communities.”

The tenacious organization is now headquartered in a 70,000 square foot facility with an eleven tenant business cluster under the same roof. “We have companies from all areas of forensic science – from digital forensics to DNA technology – working in tandem for the greater good.”

A social media campaign was launched to kick off the 20th anniversary, including unveiling a special logo. NFSTC will be hosting an open house in October to thank the partners, local community leaders and customers and celebrate the past two decades and look forward into the future. “Moving forward is how we got here,” Lothridge says. “Innovation leads to new ideas which leads to more success in the years to come.”

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About NFSTC:
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) provides quality forensic services including training, consulting, technology evaluation to the justice, forensic science and defense communities. NFSTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida. www.nfstc.org

NFSTC mobile forensic lab gets innovative LumaStream LED lighting

LumaStream installs low profile LED lights in a mobile forensic lab The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) and LumaStream have teamed up to bring innovative and durable LED lighting to a mobile forensic laboratory.

Deployable forensic laboratories, created from standard ISO shipping containers, are an efficient and fully-customizable way to provide forensic capability expansion in combat situations and or forensic capabilities after a natural disaster or other crisis. They can be used as temporary DNA labs, fingerprint stations, chemistry analysis centers or other discipline.   NFSTC created the design in 2007 and is constantly updating the design to improve performance and durability.

“Proper lighting is critical in forensic analysis work. Working with LumaStream will bring the next big leap of improvement to our mobile labs,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC. “We always look to partner with local companies first, and having LumaStream design and build these lights right in our backyard is a great opportunity.”

LumaStream replaced aging and bulky fluorescent lights with low profile LEDs that will provide adjustable light, previously unavailable in the mobile labs. Because the new lighting technology uses remote power conversion, the lights are far less likely to fail than other systems.

“We’re excited to work with NFSTC to help them create the next generation of deployable forensic laboratories,” says Eric Higgs, president and CEO of LumaStream. “Our lighting technology is incredibly durable and long-lasting. If this lab is in a remote location, a lighting failure is not an option.”

The newly-lit laboratory will be used for training and demonstration of new technologies.

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About LumaStream

LumaStream makes award winning low-voltage LED lighting solutions that are the most efficient and controllable in the lighting industry. LumaStream’s patented innovations are based on remote digital power conversation, paired with a wide range of luminaires, and seamless control integration. This system approach eliminates fixture failures and the associated maintenance, and provides high quality light for the full rated life of LEDs. Target markets include commercial, institutional, retail, and hospitality markets. A fast-growing, creative company, LumaStream is developing high quality innovative systems with unprecedented results for energy savings, long-distance low-voltage power distribution, and smooth, continual dimming control to less than 1%. LumaStream solutions are industry-leading and the results stunning. LumaStream strives for a sustainable, triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit, and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL.

www.lumastream.com.

NFSTC to add forensic expertise to chemical detection technology database

CBRNE Tech Index logoThe 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.

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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.

MRIGlobal is an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government, industry, and academia. Founded in 1944, MRIGlobal has a reputation for innovation, technical excellence, and problem solving. Today, as one of the nation’s leading research institutes, MRIGlobal conducts programs in the areas of national security and defense, global health and security, and energy. In addition to operating its own laboratories, MRIGlobal manages and operates laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). www.mriglobal.org