VUANCE Announces Crime Scene Security and Evidentiary Tracking Development Project

FRANKLIN, Wis. , Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VUANCE, Ltd. (Nasdaq: VUNC), a leading provider of innovative Radio Frequency Verification Solutions, including active RFID, electronic access control, credentialing, accountability and incident...


FRANKLIN, Wis. , Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VUANCE, Ltd. (Nasdaq: VUNC), a leading provider of innovative Radio Frequency Verification Solutions, including active RFID, electronic access control, credentialing, accountability and incident response management, today announced that it has been awarded a stake in a government-funded project to develop a crime scene security and evidentiary tracking system. The project, which is the result of a grant sponsored by Vice President-elect Joseph Biden , was awarded to Delaware State University, the Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The total project value exceeds $900,000 for the first year, with opportunity for follow-on projects and annual maintenance in future years. VUANCE's portion of the project is nearly $700,000 for the first year, with initial development fees expected to be received during the quarter ended December 31, 2008 .

This project is intended to address the increasing demand of secure smart card identification and access control solutions together with RFID technology for law enforcement accountability, emergency management, personnel control, and evidence/property control (Chain of Custody), and develop new technologies to address the operational challenges nationwide. Key to accountability is maintaining the integrity of a crime scene, accounting for who has entered, when, and when they left, plus maintaining a demonstrable chain of evidence.

As a result of the federal grant, VUANCE, the University and Delaware law enforcement will create an advisory board and collaborate to develop a solution utilizing VUANCE's technology. The solution is expected to include Active and Passive RFID technologies, including RFID chips implanted in secure credentials and portable readers which can be quickly and easily set up to secure crime scenes. These credentials will accurately track and log access to and from crime scenes. In addition, the project is expected to create evidence tracking solutions, allowing law enforcement to track the collection and chain of custody for evidence gathered at crime scenes. Tablet-based technologies will be used to capture images and collect information, and a biometrically secure evidence container will be created, linking evidence gathered to the specific law enforcement person who collected the evidence through fingerprints or other secure biometric methods. In this way, law enforcement, as well as prosecuting and defense attorneys, can accurately see who had access to crime scenes, who collected evidence and who had access to the evidence throughout the chain of custody.

Thomas Connell , VUANCE's Vice President for Government Solutions, commented, "Modern investigators have to deal with the new phenomenon being called the 'CSI Effect,' a new term used to explain the unreasonable expectations juries now have regarding forensic investigations due to the popularity of shows like the CSI franchise, Crossing Jordan, and the Forensic Files. This solution will provide new levels of accuracy and increased confidence in the security of crime scenes and evidence collected from them. In addition, the various federal initiatives for credentialing and scene control in the wake of 9/11 and the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast have created a significant need for an end-to-end solution. VUANCE's comprehensive technology provides the basis for this solution, and we look forward to working closely with law enforcement and experts at the University to develop a robust solution to address this growing problem."

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