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DHS S&T, Israeli Police Deploying 3D Visualization Tool for Crime Investigations

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate teamed with Israeli police to develop an interactive 3D tool for visualizing crime scenes or car crashes, DHS said Tuesday.

The 3D-Hawk platform, designed by Israeli firm B-Design3D, is comprised of high-definition video equipment, a smart phone and a laptop containing software that converts footage into 3D models. The tool enables investigators to rapidly document evidence, access operations from any device and make use of 3D crime scene replicas.

“Israel is one of our strongest allies, and they have quite a bit of experience in many of the same first responder challenges and issues we deal with in our country,” said Milt Nenneman, first responder program manager for DHS S&T.

S&T and the Israeli government entered into an agreement to conduct joint research and development efforts for 3D visualization technology in 2015. S&T deployed three prototype systems to be used on a rotational basis by law enforcement agencies including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Ohio Highway Patrol and Fairfax County Police.