Crime scene investigations can now be assisted by tuServ, a new advanced policing software from Black Marble. The app uses AR via Microsoft’s HoloLens.
This AR application helps police officers on the job by mapping out in real time the crime scene environment. They can subsequently make a digital recreation using virtual markers, 3D objects, and other multi-media evidence, including audio and video. tuServ removes any risk of changing or contaminating physical evidence at the crime scene. After mapping out the crime scene, the information can be shared with others. Investigators can recreate the scene anywhere and in full detail with tuServ’s HoloLens Command and Control App.
“The police needed a new generation of policing software, so we built that platform,” says Robert Hogg, Black Marble’s Managing Director. Many others also believe this technology will contribute to solving crimes. “As a public order and firearms commander, I can say without doubt that its use, through tuServ, will revolutionize policing for years to come,” adds Nick Lyall, superintendent of the Bedfordshire Police. “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.”
Rik Hepworth, IT Director at Black Marble, explains that the idea for this app came when HoloLens found its way into Black Marble offices. Following the initial boot up, users can see how HoloLens maps out the room they are in. Black Marble staff at this moment realized the potential of the mapping process, and its use in capturing crime scene details. Officers can capture crime scene evidence straight away, and send cases files remotely.
Direct access for co-workers results in an effective and joint work flow. The app will save both time, which is often of great importance in investigations, and money. It can virtually transport and immerse law officers right back to the scene, even years after the actual crime. The mapped-out AR crime scene could later be used in court as evidence.