Non-Contact Device for Latent Fingerprint Capture

Period of Performance: 03/18/2016 - 03/18/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Tiax LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


TIAX will develop a set of fingerprint treatments (including either chemical or instrumental methods, or a combination of both) that allows accurate collection of latent print images from any of the three main classes of surface (porous, nonporous, and adhesive) without compromising subsequent profiling of DNA that may be present in the print. Treatments identified will be developed into prototype products, validated, and applied to real case work in collaboration with DHS-CBP. Our methodology includes use of a statistically rigorous dose-response method to support claims of noninterference with DNA profiling, as well as an experiment-based rational design process to identify suitable or optimal product formulations and instrument configurations. Independent validation of products and methods will be accomplished through partnership with a DHS laboratory.