Vale firm’s lead role in forensic tech revolution - The Evesham Observer

Vale firm’s lead role in forensic tech revolution

Evesham Editorial 13th Apr, 2019   0

FORENSIC experts from across Europe were among the guests at the launch of revolutionary new fingerprint technology which has been jointly developed by a Vale Park based firm.

Foster and Freeman took the wraps off RECOVER at a launch event in the Vale which welcomed experts and representatives from the Ministry of Defense and researchers from Loughborough University who jointly developed the technology.

Fingerprint experts from as far afield as Finland, Estonia, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as the majority of UK police forensic teams, gathered at Foster and Freeman’s headquarters to attend a meeting where they saw demonstrations of the technology in action.

Developed in Evesham, RECOVER has already received widespread interest from international forensic experts since the project was first announced earlier this year.




Unlike existing police techniques, the cutting-edge technology develops ‘impossible’ fingerprints including marks left on fired bullet casings and fingerprints which have been physically removed/cleaned from an object.

RECOVER can reveal fingerprints from metals which have been exposed to extreme temperatures, such as vehicles that have been set on fire.


It’s able to develop fingerprints from objects and surfaces which have been corroded such as knives that have been thrown into rivers, or objects that have been deliberately washed.

RECOVER also can develop consistent fingermarks simultaneously across different surfaces, such as plastic and metal on a shotgun cartridge.

Established in 1978, Foster and Freeman has become one of the foremost forensic science equipment suppliers in the world, exporting unique products to more than 150 countries.

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