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21 March 2016
British crime-fighting software solution specialists 3rd Forensic Ltd have been recognised for the second time in four years with a top Security Innovation Award for their unique police investigators’ tool-kit - Forensic Image Linking and Management – FILM – Mk III.
The winners in the competition for the eleventh annual ADS Security Innovation Awards were announced recently as part of a major international security exhibition. Presented annually to outstanding British security and law enforcement technology suppliers, the awards aim to identify and celebrate key innovations across the UK security sector.
Aimed at - “Recognition for making this a safer world” - the awards acknowledge innovations that deliver new solutions for preventing, investigating, responding to and reducing crime and disorder, both at home and abroad.
For the second time in four years, the 3rd Forensic team has been singled out for outstanding innovation and impact with their crime-fighting FILM solution - Forensic Image Linking and Management.
The award was presented to 3rd Forensic Chairman David McIntosh, on behalf of the company, by the UK Home Office Security Minister, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP at a ceremony in Farnborough.
After receiving his company’s trophy and certificate from the Minister, Mr McIntosh paid tribute to his team.
“The 3rd Forensic team has produced an advanced FILM solution that makes an even bigger difference to the Law Enforcement Community and we’re very proud to have the achievement recognised in this way” he said.
FILM is an end-to-end system solution helping police teams get the most out of crime scene images, obtained from CCTV and other sources. FILM also links up, and makes best use of, other important police image and data libraries holding information helpful to investigators. Tailored specifically to police requirements after the London riots in 2011, FILM has been delivering outstanding crime-fighting results ever since - supporting the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police teams, including their famous highly skilled “Super Recognisers, in achieving
These achievements are acknowledged by police Super Recognisers and their detective colleagues as being largely due to the contribution FILM makes to their work. This year’s award was made to 3rd Forensic for their latest Mk III FILM solution - equipped with enhanced automation and other refinements that are keeping FILM in the forefront of criminal investigation through forensic image management; and delivering even more help to policing in the fight against criminals and criminality.
FILM has so far contributed to more than 13,000 identifications of criminal suspects along with a rise in the guilty plea rate from an average of 61% to 84% in FILM-assisted criminal prosecutions.
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ADS is the established representative body for the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors, with over 900 members. Its activities are focused around six key target areas:
ADS co-operates closely with the UK government in pursuit of these goals, including in the organisation and allocation of the annual Security Technology Innovation Awards
Entries and Winners
More than 40 companies entered the 2016 Awards, the highest number of applicants to date. From a high class field, four entries were deemed particularly worthy of note. The two main award winners were Symetrica for their Discovery RPM – Radiation Portal Monitors - increasing operational efficiency when screening vehicles and cargo at ports and borders for radioactive threats; and 3rd Forensic Limited, for their FILM solution.
The two entries named as “highly commended” were Create Intelligence for Chorus, an application enabling analysts to achieve rapid production of courtroom-standard briefing documents; and Serco Group, for New Wind Farm Friendly UK Air Defence Radars on the North Sea coast.
The following senior figures from industry, academia and the public sector were on the judging panel for the award:
Entries for the Awards are judged against four key criteria:
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