Introducing ALIAS – the next generation in forensic ballistics

ALIAS is rewriting the rules on how firearm convictions are made

Click on the image above to view the ALIAS user scenario video (3.23 minutes)

Created by Michael Barrett, the pioneer who brought IBIS to firearms examiners and technicians in the early 90s, ALIAS leads the next generation in forensic ballistics analysis.

ALIAS builds visually rich 3D cartridge case and bullet images, then provides powerful tools to analyze them using topographically sensitive colorization, and adjustable light source and axis orientation.

ALIAS image data is captured by the world’s finest Swiss-built, application-specific interferometer, then processed with a thoroughly modern 64-bit computing and application architecture that rapidly defines 3D data with patented software algorithms.

More than the technology is revolutionary. ALIAS is aggressively priced against competitive offerings. Moreover, five annual support cost options range from zero cost for law enforcement agencies with available IT resources, to platinum coverage that includes 24/7 support and two-hour response time.

Solve more crimes. Convict more criminals. Save more lives. Get the ALIAS advantage. To learn more about ALIAS — the next generation in forensic ballistics — contact the Pyramidal Technologies team today.

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Friday
May312013

ALIAS attracts EU distribution, technology licensing and product collaboration deal

Contract signing at British High Commission in Ottawa, Canada marks first step in powerful alliance between Pyramidal Technologies and Forensic Pathways

Left to right: Brendan McManus, UKTI Trade Officer; Corin Robertson, Acting British High Commissioner to Canada; Richard Leary, MBE, Managing Director of Forensic Pathways Ltd.; and Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd.Ottawa, Canada – May 31, 2013 – Thanks to help from UK Trade & Investment, Pyramidal Technologies Ltd., creators of ALIAS, the next generation in forensic ballistics, has inked a strategic agreement with Forensic Pathways Ltd. Signed today at the British High Commission in Ottawa, the agreement covers ALIAS product distribution throughout the European Union (EU), technology licensing, and ongoing collaboration to advance the state of the art in crime scene innovations that help solve gun crimes on both a national and international scale. The companies estimate that the market size within EU countries for this technology is $250 million.

ALIAS builds visually rich 3D cartridge case and bullet images, then provides powerful tools to analyze them using topographically sensitive colorization, adjustable light source illumination and axis orientation. Its product roadmap will now include proprietary image processing technology from Forensic Pathways created by that company’s multi-disciplinary team of computer science, optics, mathematics and photonics experts. Forensic Pathways’ unique software solutions in the area of criminal and business intelligence are patented in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. The company’s diverse client base includes top-level security agencies such as EUROPOL, New Scotland Yard and many other security organizations and private companies across Europe.

Forensic Pathways Managing Director Richard Leary, MBE, conceived the ODYSSEY project. The project, which ran from 2008 to 2011 and reported directly to the European Commission, involved research on the sharing of information about gun-crimes throughout the EU in order to combat organized crime and terrorism.

“When we saw ALIAS in action, we immediately noted the synergies between our technologies and were thoroughly impressed by ALIAS’s capabilities. After further due diligence, we then quickly undertook to secure distribution rights to introduce ALIAS to security organizations thoughout the EU,” said Leary. “We will also be integrating our advanced image search technology to further improve ALIAS, and have identified several future possibilities to bolster ALIAS with newer technologies we are currently commercializing.”

Left to right: Forensic Pathways Ltd. Managing Director Richard Leary, MBE, signs technology licensing and EU distribution agreement with  Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd. Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer of Pyramidal Technologies, is thrilled with the market expansion and technology collaboration plans underway with Forensic Pathways. “I have long admired Forensic Pathways’ software expertise as well as its long history as a trusted partner to European security organisations and we see many opportunities to incorporate its software to establish unambiguous and unequivocal gun crimes evidence for prosecutors,” he said. “I can’t think of a better partner to advance the cause of ALIAS in the European market for forensic ballistics systems.”

 

ALIAS Product Description

ALIAS is a full 3D imaging, correlation, visualization and confirmation system that builds visually rich 3D cartridge and bullet images, then provides powerful software tools to analyze them using topographically sensitive colorization, and adjustable light source and axis orientation. ALIAS image data is captured by the world’s finest Swiss-built, application-specific interferometer, then processed with a thoroughly modern 64-bit computing and application architecture that rapidly defines 3D data with patented algorithms and methodologies.

A human hair measures approximately 100 microns wide. ALIAS’s 3D cartridge images offer resolution of 2 microns, or 1/50th the diameter of a single human hair. This unsurpassed level of accuracy produces infinitely better results that vastly reduce the time it takes firearms examiners and technicians to complete their analysis. To save even more time, ALIAS’s straightforward three-step imaging/correlation/confirmation protocol promotes simple operation, quicker ramp-up times, and less margin for error. ALIAS also allows law enforcement agencies to easily export 3D scans and associated demographic data to other visualization packages or departmental systems to ensure maximum compatibility with present and future systems in use by other agencies around the world.

More than the technology is revolutionary. Starting at $135,000 for its Data Entry Station, ALIAS is aggressively priced against competitive offerings. Pyramidal Technologies is taking ALIAS orders now with a three-month delivery time. Five annual support cost options range from zero cost for law enforcement agencies with available IT resources, to platinum coverage that includes 24/7 support and two-hour response time.

About Pyramidal Technologies Ltd.
Pyramidal Technologies Ltd. is an advanced technology company dedicated to transforming the forensic ballistic imaging industry with ALIAS. As a market-driven organization with a proprietary technology base, the company's goals are to establish a new standard in forensic ballistics imaging and identification, and to be proactive around shared interests, purposes and values in delivering solutions that can support civil societies. For more information, please go to www.pyramidaltechnologies.com.

About Forensic Pathways Ltd.
Forensic Pathways is an international award winning company headquartered in the UK with an international distribution network, including an Australasia office based in Perth, Western Australia.  The company specialises in the development of unique software solutions in the area of criminal and business intelligence.  Its client base is diverse, providing technology and services to the security and law enforcement markets, along with governments, lawyers, finance industries, banks and insurance groups.  It holds a number of Patents within Europe, the US and Australia and has won a number of awards for innovation culminating in the Orange National Business Awards 2009.  It is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact on Corporate Social Responsibility. For more information, please go to: www.forensic-pathways.com.

Monday
Apr232012

Pyramidal Technologies announces new generation of ALIAS interferometer

Pyramidal technologies is pleased to announce the release of its Generation Five interferometer. This new component will revolutionize the already advanced ALIAS system. Among the highlights of the new interferometer are:

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Friday
May272011

ALIAS at AFTE 2011 Chicago to show the next generation of forensics ballistics 

The Pyramidal Technologies team is making final preparations to attend AFTE 2011 Chicago, running May 29th to June 3rd. This 42nd annual gathering of The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners includes workshops on everything from The History of Ammunition to BATFE Machine Gun Conversions/Silencers for Experts, and it's the ideal showcase for ALIAS – the next generation of forensic ballistics.

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Saturday
Apr302011

Evidence Technology Magazine features ALIAS 3D future of forensic ballistics

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to be featured in the AFTE Journal in an article entitled, Portable Forensic Ballistics Examination Instrument: Advanced Ballistics Analysis System (ALIAS), (Volume 43, Number 1 – Winter 2011). The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) has been a world authority in our field since its inception in 1969. And it was truly an honour to have ALIAS accepted in the organization’s journal. Today, the Pyramidal Technologies team is equally thrilled that Evidence Technology Magazine, the first trade publication in the United States focused exclusively on evidence collection, processing, and preservation, has devoted a cover story to ALIAS in its current issue. The story also mentions ALIAS's primary competitor IBIS, the previous generation of forensic ballistics technology that I helped create in the early 90s.

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Thursday
Feb172011

AFTE Journal includes ALIAS technical report

I am very proud to state that the AFTE Journal has published an article entitled, Portable Forensic Ballistics Examination Instrument: Advanced Ballistics Analysis System (ALIAS), in its current issue - Volume 43, Number 1 – Winter 2011. The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) has been a world authority in our field since its inception in 1969. And it is truly an honour to have ALIAS accepted in the organization’s journal.

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