Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

DNA and Latent Fingerprint Collection from Same Sample

HSHQDC-15-C-00011 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-001-0005-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Non-Contact Device for Latent Fingerprint Capture

35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3102


The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to develop a method for latent print work and DNA analysis from the same sample while optimizing DNA extraction protocol for fingerprints deposited on evidentiary materials used for human identification. Current DNA extraction protocols are highly successful at capturing DNA from prints. However, print lifting methods depend on physical alteration of the print with chemical compounds or powders that may affect DNA profiling. Our approach will be to develop a non-contact method of lifting the print that meets DHS operational requirements, and does not reduce the ability to obtain a profile from DNA extracted from the same print.

Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device

HSHQDC-15-C-00026 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0007-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Canine Attached Networked Imaging System (CANIS)

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555


K9 units provide valuable and unique capabilities to law enforcement operations, including pursuit, search and rescue, and contraband detection. However, there is currently no standard method for tracking the location of K9 teams or transmitting video back to the command center for situational awareness and legal documentation. Several commercial off the shelf (COTS) canine-mounted camera systems are available, but their capabilities are limited and do not address all of the operational requirements, scenarios, and conditions of K9 operations. Specific challenges include camera shake, indoor tracking (where GPS does not function), and maintaining a long range wireless data link capable of streaming video. We propose to develop a Canine Attached Networked Imaging System (CANIS) to provide these capabilities in a rugged device that can be attached to the canine work harness without interfering with normal activities. The system also includes remote video and location monitoring software with an intuitive user interface that supports evidence tagging and can run on vehicle-based or mobile platforms. Our Phase I effort will include selecting COTS components, providing detailed electro-mechanical and software design, and demonstrating specialized prototype algorithms to address challenges specific to the K9 unit application, including image stabilization and GPS-denied positioning. The Phase I effort will result in a complete and comprehensive system design that will support developing and field testing several prototypes in Phase II. We plan to transition CANIS to a commercial product and market it directly to K9 programs within federal, state, and local law enforcement communities.