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December 11, 2013

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NIST Recognizes Collaboration with Leica Geosystems as Leading to Improved Forensics

New NIST traceable twin-target artifact developed through collaborative approach definitively confirms the accuracy of Leica ScanStation laser scans at the scene of forensic investigations.

NORCROSS, GA, - Today Leica Geosystems announced the introduction of a new quality assurance tool that has been recognized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as leading to improved forensics. Created specifically for use with the Leica ScanStation PS20 3D laser scanner, the new Leica Geosystems NIST traceable twin-target artifact definitively confirms the accuracy of Leica ScanStation laser scans while at the scene of forensic investigations.

The ScanStation PS20 is an easy-to-use, compact and portable long-range 3D laser scanner that can capture one million measurement points per second and features an internal digital camera for capturing panoramic photography. The technology is used globally by law enforcement agencies for crime scene investigations, vulnerability and threat assessments, post-blast investigations, police action inquiries, crash investigations and more. The new Leica Geosystems validation tool is designed specifically to help crime scene investigators perform the interim checks that are required by ISO 17025 standards and will aid them in securing the admission of Leica Geosystems laser scanning evidence to U.S. courtrooms. (Learn more about ISO accreditation and the admissibility of laser scanning data here.)

In an article published on its website, NIST cited its close collaboration with Leica Geosystems in the development of this tool and noted the pressure building within the forensics community to have crime laboratories and/or stand-alone crime scene units in the United States adhere to specific standards in their services which require traceability to the International System of Units (SI).   

Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Justice and NIST announced the establishment of the National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science and to develop policy recommendations for the Attorney General. The commission will have responsibility for developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the courtroom and developing policy recommendations. “We are pleased to have NIST acknowledge Leica Geosystems’ contribution to improving forensics” said Tony Grissim, Major Account Manager of Leica Geosystems’ Public Safety Group. “Moving forward, NIST will play an even more important role in defining the standards for our forensic customers and we are working hard to create both the products and the certified forensic training they need.”

For more information about public safety solutions from Leica Geosystems, visit psg.leica-geosystems.us.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

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