Published Online: 1 May 1998
Page Count: 7
Program Manager, Fire Investigation, Research and Education (F.I.R.E.) Center, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Washington, DC
Firearms and toolmark examiner, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, San Francisco Laboratory Center, Walnut Creek, CA
(Received 5 September 1996; accepted 5 September 1997)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) laboratories is applying the new technology of computerized image analysis for the identification of bullets and cartridge casings recovered in open cases, and to a database of test fired weapons. The Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) accomplishes these comparisons in minutes, when the same task using conventional microscopical techniques would require weeks to carefully sort through the firearm evidence. The networking of remote Data Acquisition Stations (DAS) can build a regional firearms evidence database, making the IBIS a powerful resource for the investigation of violent firearm crimes from multiple jurisdictions. A technical overview of the IBIS image acquisition hardware, image storage, case data input, “surface signature” analysis, and correlation scoring to an image database is reported.
Paper ID: JFS16196J