New technology captures crime scenes in minutes

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Commissioner Ian Stewart, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey, Minister for Science, Information Technology and the Arts Ian Walker and CSIRO’s Dr Jonathan Roberts

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart together with Minister for Science, Information Technology Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker and CSIRO’s Dr Jonathan Roberts today launched the Zebedee Scanner for Police use.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the Queensland police were the first in the world to use the technology in law enforcement after it was originally designed for caving and mine mapping.

“The benefits of this new technology will reduce interference at a scene, save time and allow access to previously hard to reach areas such as step declines and bushland,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“This cutting edge technology is allowing us to adapt to a new environment of ongoing change and improvement.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship with CSIRO to explore new technology that will benefit our officers in their duties.”

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CSIRO’s Dr Jonathan Roberts, Science, Information Technology, Innovation and Arts Minister Ian Walker, Sergeant Kylie Blumson and Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the Zebedee scanner, developed by the CSIRO, was a hand held laser device which allowed the operator to walk through a crime scene and capture data to generate a 3D map in about 20 minutes.

“The Zebedee Scanner is primarily being used by Forensic Services to map crime scenes but has the potential to be used by the Forensic Crash Unit,” Mr Dempsey said.

Science, Information Technology, Innovation and Arts Minister Ian Walker said he visited CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies last year, where the Zebedee Scanner was developed.

“Zebedee demonstrates how research and technology moves from the lab into commercialisation, with real and positive benefits for Queenslanders,” Mr Walker said.

“Zebedee is another example of Queensland’s strength in science and innovation.”

CSIRO Computational Informatics Dr Jonathan Roberts said the CSIRO would continue to explore ways to improve the technology and explore more uses for it.

“We are very proud of our research team that developed Zebedee. They continue to improve the technology and explore more uses for it.”

“The latest research version contains a video camera to provide imagery on top of the 3D laser information.”

“We’re very excited to see our home-grown, Eureka Prize-winning technology being used to help assess crime scenes – a new addition to what seems to be an ever-expanding number of applications. The 3D data visualisations that Zebedee creates provide a wealth of spatial information quickly and easily. It’s just a walk in the park!”



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