Black Marble, a member of Microsoft’s HoloLens Mixed Reality Partner Program (MRPP), has made available a solution for law enforcement officers , tuServ, designed to improve crime scene recording and evidence preservation.
tuServ’s Scene of Crime application has been developed with operational police officers, for operational police officers. Today, evidence contamination is a primary concern for crime scene investigation teams, and transparency in the investigation process is key for maintaining public confidence in police activity. Using Microsoft HoloLens, officers in the field can place virtual markers, trace 3D objects, and gather multi-media evidence eliminating the risk of disturbing the physical evidence at a scene. The aim of tuServ is to provide crime scene investigators more accurate and tangible evidence, and virtually transports officers back to the scene of a crime. Here, markers placed, evidence gathered, and object mesh captured can be viewed as they were at the time of investigation, giving a genuine view and understanding of the scene.
However, it’s not just officers at the scene of a crime who reap the benefits of HoloLens applications. Back at the station, officers can view the captured media evidence with tuServ via Windows devices in real time or on demand, or through the tuServ HoloLens Command and Control App. This bolsters a force’s ability to collaborate even when working remotely, and enhances communication by empowering officers to not only be verbal, but also demonstrative.
tuServ’s HoloLens Command and Control App also gives units the possibility to go completely portable, harnessing the power of HoloLens to view officers and incidents on a map interface, giving a comprehensive overview of everything happening in the area.
Through tuServ’s HoloLens Command and Control App, Command and Control units are rapidly mobilised to react to an incident at a moment’s notice. Units can assign officers to incidents, communicate with those on the ground, and build a clear and inclusive view of every component in play at a scene. Combined, these features deliver the agility that a force needs to be responsive and reactive in a high-pressure environment where every minute counts.
Nick Lyall, Superintendent, The Bedfordshire Police says, “As a public order and firearms commander I can say that without doubt its use, through tuServ, will revolutionize policing for years to come. As a detective I can also say that its ability to scan crime scenes and create a mapped 3D version will allow for a reduction in cross-contamination issues and allow for investigators to visualize in real time the scenes of major crime. The vision and innovation of Black Marble is ground-breaking, and I look forward to taking this forward of behalf of UK policing and policing worldwide.”
See the solution in action in Black Marble’s video below:
Source: The Windows Blog