Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets

Report Scope:

In preparing this report, an overall study of the crime laboratory segment of the U.S. forensic science market was undertaken. Related areas provided key information; as newer areas such as computer forensics make up a growing share of the total forensics business. All areas of the forensics market are addressed including identification of current and future technologies, products, market segments/end markets, and government and regulatory agencies. Participating companies are discussed in light of technological strengths and weaknesses, relative market share, marketing strengths and innovative marketing practices.

Report Includes:

- An overview of new and growing markets for forensic technologies
- Analyses of market trends in forensic technologies, with data from 2016, estimates for 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022
- Information on all areas of the forensics market, including identification of current and future technologies, products, market segments and end markets, and regulatory agencies
- Information on major patents filed
- Information on participating companies in light of technological strengths and weaknesses, relative market shares, marketing strengths, and innovative marketing practices

Chapter 1: Introduction ......................................................................................... 1
Study Goals and Objectives........................................................................................................................... 1
Reasons for Doing This Study and Its Importance ........................................................................................ 1
Contributions of This Study and for Whom .................................................................................................. 2
Scope and Format of Report ......................................................................................................................... 2
Methodology ................................................................................................................................................. 2
Information Sources ...................................................................................................................................... 2
Analysts Credentials ..................................................................................................................................... 4
Related BCC Research Reports...................................................................................................................... 4
Chapter 2: Summary and Highlights ....................................................................... 6
Major Findings .............................................................................................................................................. 6
Chapter 3: Overview ........................................................................................... 10
Definition of Forensic Science ..................................................................................................................... 10
Forensics as an Economic Sector ................................................................................................................ 10
History of Forensic Science ......................................................................................................................... 10
U.S. Forensic Laboratories .......................................................................................................................... 11
Trends in Computerization of Crime Laboratories .................................................................................. 12
Medical Examiners and Coroners ............................................................................................................... 13
Crime Rates and Forensic Backlogs ............................................................................................................. 14
Governmental Oversight of Forensics ........................................................................................................ 15
Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act of 2011 ..................................................................... 15
Governmental Oversight ......................................................................................................................... 16
The Growing Role of Forensic Databases ................................................................................................... 17
Fingerprint Databases ............................................................................................................................. 17
Next Generation Identification (NGI) ...................................................................................................... 18
Department of Defense Fingerprint/Biometrics ..................................................................................... 19
Forensic Databases .................................................................................................................................. 19
Role of Forensic Science in the Legal System ............................................................................................. 25
Physical Evidence, Collection and Storage .............................................................................................. 26
Chain of Evidence or Custody .................................................................................................................. 27
Important Types of Evidence in Legal Proceedings ................................................................................. 27
Analytical Processes Used in Forensic Testing ........................................................................................ 28
Major Forensic Testing Areas .................................................................................................................. 29
Role of New Technology in Reducing Forensic Backlogs ............................................................................ 37
Forensic Science Instrumentation .............................................................................................................. 37
Chemical Analysis Instrumentation ......................................................................................................... 38
Drug Identification and Toxicology Analysis ........................................................................................... 39
DNA Profiling ............................................................................................................................................... 41
Nanotechnology ...................................................................................................................................... 42
Fingerprinting/Biometrics ........................................................................................................................... 43
Forensic Imaging Market Including Handheld Devices ............................................................................... 44
Portable Explosives Forensics Imaging Devices ...................................................................................... 44
Handheld Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SDOCT) Imaging ................................... 45
Lab-On-a-Chip Portables ......................................................................................................................... 46
Portable Cadaver Detection .................................................................................................................... 46
Market Composition ................................................................................................................................... 47
Government Regulat