After an attack, burglary or similar incident, the scene of the crime is recorded and documented as part of the police investigation. Crime scene work and documentation is very demanding, as every situation at hand is different and time constraints makes consistent documentation that is also tailored to the situation and needs difficult. Although the use of digital technologies offers the police new possibilities for documentation, those systems are often specialised regarding the needs of individual actors or specific user groups and therefore cannot be utilized universally for all investigations and evaluations.
The aim of the project is therefore to develop a documentation system that enables the complete digital recording and processing of all information of a crime scene. Within the framework of INSITU (from the Latin in situ “local, on site”), a standardized procedure for a consistent data recording will be developed. Additional information that is automatically stored, such as recording time or position, allows data from different sources, such as photos, audio recordings or notes, to be intelligently linked together. In addition to the automated preparation and (further) processing of relevant information, integrated filter and search functions as well as rules and checking mechanisms support data evaluation and relieve the investigative staff.
For the first time, the INSITU system aims to enable the full documentation of a crime scene utilizing (partially) automated digital technologies and methods. The use of mobile, low-cost consumer devices, such as tablets for data processing and transfer, promotes a needs-oriented and comprehensive applicability. The Federal Criminal Police Office as coordinator of the project also ensures a close exchange with other competent authorities, such as the State Criminal Police Offices. In the future, the system should further enable transition from mainly file-based work to modern digital documentation. Further information and news can be found on the (german language only). website of the Federal Criminal Police Office
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