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Malaysian police to receive high-tech ballistics solution from Canada

AvantiKumar | July 20, 2010
Malaysian government signs with Canadian government for system.
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 JULY 2010 As a result of an agreement between the Malaysian and Canadian governments, the Royal Malaysian Police will receive state-of-the-art ballistic identification equipment called the Integrated Ballistic Identification system [IBIS].

As a result of the government-to-government [G2G] contract between the Canadian Commercial Corporation, which facilitates trade on behalf of Canadian business, and the Government of Malaysia, the IBIS solution is expected to help the Royal Malaysian Police to better investigate and solve firearm crime and allow the country to begin its own firearm tracking programme. 

Forensic Technology founder and president Robert A. Walsh said IBIS would be installed in the Royal Malaysian Police Forensic Laboratory in Kuala Lumpur by the end of 2010. The initial purchase of the IBIS TRAX-3D systems is valued at US$3.1 million (RM10 million).

Forensic Technology, which pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 20 years ago, works with hundreds of public safety agencies in more than 50 countries and territories. Through a new INTERPOL programme called IBIN, countries are taking crime solving to new levels by giving police the technology tools required to deal with mobile criminals and terrorists.

IBIS-TRAX 3D is the latest generation of IBIS technology, which offers value through to crime solving units, through increased automation, new 3D imaging with the ability to take accurate measurements to the nanometer level, as well as 2D imaging to leverage visualisation and ensure backward compatibility with existing IBIS 2D systems.

 Digital imaging

Walsh said IBIS technology worked by taking digital images of the unique microscopic markings found on fired bullets and cartridge cases. An electronic signature is extracted from each image and compared against the database of previously entered ballistics evidence. Almost instantly, IBIS ranks the most likely matches for the forensic expert allowing police to systematically compare recovered ballistics evidence against very large electronic inventories of evidence with little effort. 

"IBIS finds the needle in the haystack linking crime, guns and suspects and has been field-proven to help police in more than 50 countries solve cases that most likely would not have been solved by any other means, he said. And keeping pace with new technology is critical to winning the war on violent crime. Our new technology can exchange and compare ballistics data electronically with other IBIS-equipped countries."