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Military forensic use of handheld 3D camera
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Paper Abstract

One of the main threats for armed forces in conflict areas are attacks by improvised explosive devices (IED). After an IED attack a forensic investigation of the site is undertaken. In many ways military forensic work is similar to the civilian counterpart. There are the same needs to acquire evidence in the crime scene, such as fingerprints, DNA, and samples of the remains of the IED. Photos have to be taken and the geometry of the location shall be measured, preferably in 3D. A main difference between the military and the civilian forensic work is the time slot available for the scene investigation. The military must work under the threat of fire assault, e.g. snipers. The short time slot puts great demands on the forensic team and the equipment they use. We have done performance measurements of the Mantis-Vision F5 sensor and evaluated the usefulness in military forensic applications. This paper will describe some applications and show possibilities and also limitations of using a handheld laser imaging sensor for military forensic investigations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8731, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVIII, 873111 (20 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015233
Show Author Affiliations
Håkan Larsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Dietmar Letalick, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8731:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVIII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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