You are here: ET Home » News » News By Industry » ET Cetera

New Digital Ink Library to speed up document investigation

iPad
Close
iPad

Download free ET iPad add for easier viewing of latest and financial News !

iPad
WASHINGTON: Analysing ink samples to determine a document's origin can be a lengthy and time consuming process, but a new Digital Ink Library is set to change all that.

Currently, the International Ink Library managed by the U.S. Secret Service is used by police to analyse an ink sample. But the process is tedious.

To speed up the painstaking process and ensure its continued accuracy, the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T;) teamed up to support the development of a library that has these materials in electronic form, resulting in the Digital Ink Library.

The Library is a searchable database containing the electronic version of the International Ink Library's collection.

"With this digitized search system, search times through the repository are reduced to minutes, resulting in a list of potential candidates available for comparison," said Robert Ramotowski, chief research scientist with the Secret Service Forensic Services Division.

Ink of different types creates their own colour bands, thus forming a "fingerprint."

Scientists compare the unknown sample's bands to known samples to find a match. The software automatically selects the known samples that most closely match the ink of interest.

"The e-case system renders the overall examination more transparent and allows [users] to search and retrieve case archives, which is useful when there is a need to go to court several years after the actual processing of evidence," Dr. Cedric Neumann, professor at Pennsylvania State University, said.

"This is a quantum leap forward for the field of forensic question documents," said Shane Cullen, program manager in the Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Investigative Technologies program area at the DHS S&T; Command, Control, and Interoperability Division (CCI).
Download ET's mobile applications for iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone to track news as it happens, live stock quotes, monitor portfolio, get market stats like gainers, losers and movers & much more. To check out free Economic Times apps , Click here
For ET Cetera news updates, follow ET on Twitter
Do you like this story?
PREVIOUS STORY
Tejaswini Sawant shoots historic gold at World Championships
Tejaswini Sawant scripted history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to clinch a gold medal at the World Championships with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Germany.
NEXT STORY
Rolling Stones to battle The Beatles for 2012 Olympics gig
'The Beatles' legend Paul McCartney and rockers 'The Rolling Stones' are battling it out to headline the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
Startups & Innovative Ideas
How Naresh Khattar's 'Me n Moms' has grown to a Rs 80 cr pan-India network
When my first daughter was born, I had to visit several shops before I could get all I wanted. I decided to open a shop that would house all the things related to toddlers.
 

Coming soon: Video chats on your BSNL landline

Slowdown-struck foreign CEOs returning to India

Republicans weigh embracing gold standard once again

Five tips to avoid wasting money

Navy’s critical requirement for Israeli Barak missiles stalled due to CBI case

TCS and Infosys take hit due to subcontracting & denial of US visas

How Apple overwhelmed Samsung's patent case tactics

How Naresh Khattar's 'Me n Moms' has grown to a Rs 80 cr pan-India network

How to use technology to stay healthy

 

Slide Shows

1 / 6more »
Should you book some profit from market now?
ET suggests profit-booking in some outperforming sectors and stocks as the market has climbed 13% in under three months.
Should you book some profit from market now?
Smart things to know about hybrid fund performance
Hybrid mutual funds invest in more than one asset class, the most popular being the ones that invest in debt and equity. Read on to learn about the risk element in these funds.
Smart things to know about hybrid fund performance
Account changes required on becoming an NRI
To enable monitoring of investment activities of an NRI, change in 'resident' status has to be registered in the investment records and bank accounts.
Account changes required on becoming an NRI
Make the most of loyalty plans on travel portal
Loyalty programmes have now emerged as the weapon of choice among online travel agents. Here are some of the most interesting ones available to the Indian travellers.
Make the most of loyalty plans on travel portal
Which loan should you get rid of first?
While considering the prepayment of a loan, there are several factors that one should keep in mind.
Which loan should you get rid of first?
Five tips to avoid wasting money
While it's easy to pin the blame on high inflation, perhaps it's your spending behaviour that is responsible for the higher outflow.
Five tips to avoid wasting money
ET Mobile
Get Economic Times on the go. Get your portfolio updates by the minute
ET ePaper
Get a replica of your favourite edition of ET and feel at home.