eTWIST Mobile Evidence Tracking Software Earns Fourth Patent
St. Louis, Missouri (November 16, 2015)– The St. Louis-based inventors of eTWIST®, a high-tech tool that helps law enforcement officials track crime scene evidence, have been awarded a new patent for their technology. This patent, issued by Canada’s patent office, represents the fourth patent to be awarded to PrimaryMarkingSystemsInc.,a St. Louis-based provider of product-tracking equipment for companies and law enforcement groups around the globe.
With eTWIST® technology, police responding to a crime scene are equipped with mobile handheld devices that allow them to record and enter evidence data at the scene. After logging in to the system using a secure code and PIN number, investigators take pictures of evidence, suspects, witnesses, victims and more, and the photos they take are automatically branded with a geo-stamp, providing proof of the evidence location.
As those pictures are compiled, eTWIST builds the crime scene, mapping out the location of each item via satellite technology. Latitude, longitude, altitude, date, time, barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed and direction, cloud cover and all other related data is stamped in. The evidence is barcoded, then packaged for transportation to the police station. eTWIST® documents every transaction, every move of the evidence, whether at the crime scene or back at the station, ultimately blocking any opportunity for tampering.
The technology provides a solution to a litany of issues surrounding evidence tracking across the United States. Most police departments rely on a longstanding method of collecting evidence – gathering it by hand at the scene of the crime, then transporting it back to the station for cataloging.
The latest patent protects the portion of the technology that allows an investigator at a crime scene to designate an “establishing” photo. Such photos help the investigator form a baseline for all subsequent pictures, and essentially provide a documented reference point that indicates where an on-scene investigation began.
Police departments throughout theU.S. & Internationally havebeen utilizing the eTWIST® trackingsystem with outstandingresults. eTWIST® is also part oftheteaching curriculumat the National Center forBio-MedicalResearch & Trainingat the LSU Counter-Terrorism School. Scientists are currentlyevaluating the potential interfaceofeTWIST®with robots to investigate hazardous chemical or nuclearemergencies.
About Primary Marking Systems, Inc.
A St.Louis-basedcompanysince1997, PrimaryMarkingSystems,Inc. has been defyingboundaries as aValue Added Reseller(VAR) of data collection systems,accelerating& optimizingcross-business processes within & amongcompanies& policingagenciesthroughout theUnited States. Usingits sophisticated data collection capabilities, PrimaryMarkinghas provided leadership to help institutions transformfundamental business processes into collaborativebusinesses–enablinginteractions inside & outside the companyor agencyto deliver astrategicadvantage.PrimaryMarkingSystem’s software, hardware& services arethe catalyst formovingto this newdynamic collaborativedimension.
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eTWIST Mobile Evidence Tracking Software Receives Two New U.S. Patents: Transparency to Protect the Truth & Ensure the Chain of Custody
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The inventors of eTWIST®, a barcode/RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)-based software which allows law enforcement officers to record & enter evidence data from a crime scene in the field, U.S. Patent US 8,220,711, effective July 17, 2012, have been awarded 2 new U.S. Patents. These patents are held by Primary Marking Systems Inc., a leading provider of product-tracking equipment for clients, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Watch eTWIST in action!
"eTWIST® enables officers to automate evidence collection, increase operational efficiency, help increase conviction rates. Using eTWIST®'s Win Mobile, Android, HTML5 technology platforms, enables officers to automate evidence collection, including all information respective to a case; names of the suspects & victims; evidence, NCIC/UCR & remarks; testimonies; photographs; producing & scanning the associated bar codes all while at the crime scene," says Tim McIntyre, eTWIST® inventor. Using a handheld mobile device, officers electronically track & accurately record the seizure, custody, control, transfer, analysis, & disposition of criminal evidence. Everything is stored on the handheld & the data can be imported into a computer or database for network visibility in a matter of seconds, instantly loading into centralized computer systems, eliminating "double processing" of the information.
Ensuring that properly documented evidence collection is & remains the cornerstone of public safety.
eTWIST® technology allows an officer to identify evidence with high resolution photography & video, supported by a GPS. The use of a GPS location stamp helps evidence hold up in court, because it undisputedly verifies the location where & when the images were taken. "For example, a weapon can be photographed, the time, date, GPS position & the investigator's I.D. number are recorded electronically," adds McIntyre. "That information is associated with a bar code, which is attached to an evidence container, thereby reducing the possibility of human error & increasing the chances of prosecution." The labels & text are extremely durable, & weather proof. They can also be pre-printed with a precinct or crime unit name, so that the evidence source can be seen at a glance.
PD's throughout the U.S. & Internationally have been utilizing this high-tech tracking system with outstanding results. eTWIST® is also part of the teaching curriculum of the DHS's sponsored National Center for Bio-Medical Research & Training at LSU Counter-Terrorism School. Scientists are currently evaluating the potential interface of eTWIST® with robots to investigate hazardous chemical or nuclear emergencies. eTWIST® is equipped to collect CBRNE data (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, & explosive information).
State & Local agencies are able to apply for federal funding through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program or others to assist with purchasing technology. Using eTWIST®, the return on investment is estimated at 8 weeks.
eTWIST® = Saved tax $$$ & Better Protected Citizens = Increased Public TRUST
Primary Marking Systems, Inc.
A St. Louis-based company since 1997, Primary Marking Systems, Inc. has been defying boundaries as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of data collection systems, accelerating & optimizing cross-business processes within & among companies & policing agencies throughout the United States. Using its sophisticated data collection capabilities, Primary Marking has provided leadership to help institutions transform fundamental business processes into collaborative businesses – enabling interactions inside & outside the company or agency to deliver a strategic advantage. Primary Marking System's software, hardware & services are the catalyst for moving to this new dynamic collaborative dimension.
For more information, visit e-twist.com or call 314-344-9178 x 208
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