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 BUNDESKRIMINALAMT, BKA

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(Federal Criminal Police Office) is the central office of the German Police and at the same time the national central office for the International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL for the Federal Republic of Germany, the national liaison office for EUROPOL and the national central office for searching in the Schengen Information system.

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The BKA has dealt with missing persons since its establishment in 1951.The BKA developed a databank for missing persons and unidentified bodies in the middle of the 1980s and established the joint application “Vermi/Utot” (Databank for missing persons and unidentified dead bodies and unidentified helpless people) in 1992. The BKA has supported previous efforts to establish a European wide system for missing persons and unidentified dead bodies and in the course of the Tsunami catastrophe proposed the establishment of a worldwide system in 2005 to the General Assembly of INTERPOL in Berlin.

The BKA has contributed to overcoming a number of catastrophes also internationally with its Identification Commission (IDKO) and is recognised as a competent partner in the international DVI committees. The BKA therefore has extensive experience in relation to the requirements of an international system for missing persons and unidentified bodies particularly within the framework of the management of catastrophes and events causing great damage.

 Crabbe Consulting Ltd (CCLD)

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CCLD interests are adaptive management to implement transnational research and technological development (RTD) projects, often with European funding; to help develop distribution and communication strategies for technological knowledge and products; and to assess and evaluate projects and technologies in chosen areas.

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CCLD is for example the project managing support partner in the FP7 Security Research Project SP1-Cooperation-218290-AMASS Autonomous Maritime Surveillance System; and the project managing partner in the security relevant project COOP-CT-2006-032744-RADIOTECT, Ultra Wideband Radio application for localisation of hidden people and detection of unauthorised objects, funded by the 6th framework programme.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e-V:  - FhG –  Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, IOSB

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The Fraunhofer Society is a leading organization of applied research and development in Germany, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and the government. The Fraunhofer Society is actively involved in industrial consortia seeking technical solutions to improve the competitiveness of European industry. At present, the organization maintains 56 research institutes with some 12,500 employees at locations throughout Germany. Fraunhofer Institute for Information and data processing (IOSB) in Karlsruhe and the former FGAN-FOM in Ettlingen merged to form the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB with effect from 1st January 2010.

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IOSB develops innovative concepts and application solutions in information technology for industrial partners including SMEs and the public sector. IOSB has many years of experience in the design, implementation, integration and optimization of complex systems and their user interfaces using modern model and knowledge based methods. IOSB develops and applies advanced image processing and pattern recognition techniques for target detection, ATR (Automatic Target Recognition), multisensor fusion and tracking. The expertise concerning image retrieval follows a long-standing tradition encompassing projects from public and industrial customers as well as co-operations with security agencies.

Furthermore the IOSB has rich experience in the design, implementation, integration and optimization of complex fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control systems for industrial automation and robotic systems using modern model and knowledge based methods. Advanced multi-sensory monitoring and control systems have been successfully implemented in different industrial and environmental applications such as mobile inspection robots, robot based manufacturing as well as industrial steel and glass production plants.

- FhG -  Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD)

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is focused on the development of product prototypes (hard- and software) and the realization of concepts, models, and solutions for computer graphics and its adaptation to specific application requirements.

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The department “Security Technology for Graphics and Communication Systems” has many years of experience in biometric recognition research, content and product protection technologies. It is an internationally recognized group in biometric recognition research and has made significant contributions to the international standardization bodies (ISO and ICAO committees). The department is currently actively developing a 3D face recognition system and has a strong focus on investigating, benchmarking and evaluating various biometric recognition technologies (e.g. fingerprint, face, iris, and hand vein recognition). Project examples are: BIOFace I-V -The BIOFace project series funded by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has been worked by the Fraunhofer IGD with a focus on the examination and evaluation of face recognition systems staring in 2002 regarding two dimensional face recognition systems and ending in 2006 with the implementation and field test evaluation of a three dimensional face recognition system. 3D Face EU Contract No. 026845. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) seek technologies and processes that are suitable for automated self-identification at international borders that will enable unattended border crossing. Fraunhofer IGD is in charge of the sub-project »Research and Technology«. Within this sub-project the biometrics experts of Fraunhofer IGD are developing recognition and privacy preserving template protection algorithms and are responsible for the development of the prototype.

 PLASS DATA software A/S 

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PLASSDATA make systems for police forces, real estate agents, lawyers, banks in the whole world. In addition, PLASSDATA make individual software solutions to companies in both Denmark and abroad. PLASSDATA supplies software engineering within the following areas: client/server solutions; internet/intranet solutions; PC solutions; integration to existing systems; terminal server solutions. PLASSDATA is qualified within all phases of the project: analyses, project management, design, programming, tests, drawing up of manuals, preparation of utility texts and documentation.

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The first version of the DVI system was released in 1995. It was designed in collaboration with the Danish and Norwegian police and PLASSDATA. The DVI System International has been used in all kinds of disasters during many years. Among some of the most “famous” is the tsunami disaster in December 2004 and the 7/7 London bombing in 2005 where the DVI system in both cases was used with success. The latest version is 3rd generation of the DVI System. It is made by PLASSDATA with inspiration and help from experts from all over the world. The DVI System International is approved by INTERPOL and follows 100% the INTERPOL DVI forms. The DVI System is today used by INTERPOL and by police forces and DVI Teams all around the world.

 The University of Dundee (UNIVDUN)

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The University of Dundee is an award winning higher academic institution and offers the most diverse range of topics in any Scottish University. Dundee is one of the top-rated research facilities in the UK, and a world leader in medical research (diabetes and cancer) as well as innovation such as Spacewire – the technology that NASA uses that allows spacecraft to communicate with Earth. Within the University, the College of Life Sciences is recognised as being in the top 3 within Europe and last year attracted over £45 million in research funding. It is the recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and houses three of the top most quoted Life Scientists in Europe. The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification sits within the College of Life Sciences and in the past year staff have received a number of awards recognising their work in both teaching and research including the Lucy Mair Humanitarian medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Police Commendation from ACPO, Institute of Learning’s innovative Teaching award and Inspiration Award from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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The staff within the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification both designed and delivered the first formal training programme in DVI. This course is a hybrid of distance learning and mortuary based exercise. Against stiff competition, the Centre was successful in attracting a significant ACPO award to provide the advanced DVI training for the national UK team. The Centre has retained this contract and in the coming year a cadre of Coroners, mortuary managers, anthropologists, military personnel and hosting a further two police courses will be trained to counteract natural wastage from the team through promotion and retirement issues. The Centre has been requested to present the template for the DVI training programme to INTERPOL on several occasions and to a variety of foreign governments. It has been suggested that the course could well provide a template for a commonality of mortuary based training for DVI.

Concerning facial recognitions –There is an ongoing agreement with the Netherlands Forensic Institute for the provision of facial reconstructions to assist their investigations into missing persons and unidentified deceased. A closed collaboration was accomplished with the Thai Government with regards to the reconstruction of faces that had either commenced decomposition or even evidenced advanced decomposition in an attempt to assist the identification process.