Advanced Document Analysis 2018-08-14T02:20:23+00:00

Project Description

Advanced Document Analysis

Beyond the visual examination of documents and their security features, it is possible to probe deeper into the chemical makeup of a document and to reveal information about the origins and elemental composition of different paper and ink types and to reveal the latest generation of embedded microscopic security taggants.


Digital microscope with white and UV LED illumination for the examination of security documents & microtaggants Microscopic, traceable, and virtually indestructible; ‘taggants’ are possibly the most versatile and powerful covert anti-counterfeit technology currently available and are fast becoming an integral part of the high security document printing process.

Using the Foster + Freeman DVM it is possible to detect and examine the latest generation of micro-taggants incorporated into inks and coatings on passports, ID cards, cheques, bank giros, travel tickets and other security documents.


For the elemental analysis of evidence by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

With a large sample chamber, ECCO 2 is designed for the analysis of paper, glass, metals, paint, fibers, minerals and gunshot residues by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) providing elemental analysis on materials as small as 300 microns.

The system uses a high-intensity pulsed laser focussed on to the sample to create a plasma of vaporized matter which emits an atomic spectrum of the constituent elements. A database of emission lines provides automatic identification and labeling of elements present.

Analysis with ECCO 2 is fast, simple to operate, requires minimal sample preparation, gives immediate results and is sensitive to low parts per million. LIBS offers significant advantages in speed, sensitivity and cost-effectiveness over other processes such as XRF, SEM, and mass spectrometry.


Fast, non-destructive and highly effective, Raman spectroscopy is an ideal technique for identifying and comparing substances of forensic value.

Unlike other Raman systems, the foram3 has been developed specifically for forensic examinations and includes dedicated casework management software providing automatic spectral comparisons and data archiving with search and match facilities.

The foram3 can be further enhanced through the addition of a comprehensive library of forensic Raman spectra for the identification of unknowns.