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RFID Automates Police Property and Evidence Management

The management of property and evidence - from collection, cataloging, storage, and any

movement to their ultimate use or disposition - is one of the key responsibilities for a law

enforcement agency. Agencies must meet strict requirements to ensure the chain of custody of

the evidence collected is rigorously maintained. The challenge in managing a property unit is not

only storing highly sensitive crime scene evidence but also tracking it. Every movement must be accurately documented and every item accounted for. In today’s demanding, high-stakes criminal justice system, the loss or unavailability of evidence in a timely way is simply not an option.

RFID technology offers optimized accountability and location tracking for the people, records, evidence and assets typical to law enforcement agencies.

Key features of our system include:

 Hybrid Passive UHF RFID and Barcode integration to achieve lowest cost  Search and Find function on the RFID handheld. Alerts for incorrect storage placement location  Fixed Readers at Property Room points of egress add a crucial layer of security to prevent unauthorized item removal  2-Section RFID „Buddy Labels‟ include Evidence Label and a „Peel and Stick‟ copy for Officer‟s notebooks  Individual user access codes and credentialing Specialist GPS, Video Surveillance and RFID System Integrators for Challenging Environments FSN_Brochure_1313_RFID_Property & Evidence Management  Capability to take evidence identification and chain of custody to the crime scene itself  Web-Access Mobility through smart-phones, IPADs, tablets, etc.

 Continuous Chain of Custody Audit Trail automated with RFID  Electronic Signature Capture  Electronic Signature Authentication  Full data conversion included with our initial Onboarding process from your existing property management system, and complete integration with RMS (Record Management Systems)  Biometric Officer and Civilian Staff Identity Authentication using Palm Vein Scanning  Automated Scheduled Alerts for property review, retention, sale and The use of Faraday return to owner and antistatic bags  Powerful Multi-Application, Multi-Site eQUIP! Enterprise Software when magnetic media or handheld platform with additional plug-in modules for People tracking, Secure

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By combining RFID and Barcode-enabled evidence collection and tracking with other uses of RFID like document and file tracking and weapons tracking, the criminal justice system is positioned to enter a new era – one where real-time operational visibility can be extended across historically separate and challenging departmental and operational silos.

FSN‟s state-of-the-art Property and Evidence solution is a powerful and flexible software solution for managing everything in your police property room and evidence room and more. It provides law enforcement agencies an automated hybrid barcode and RFID system to manage and track any property and evidence including people, signatures, identity authentication, pictures and video. It enables an unalterable chain of custody record extending from the crime scene, to storage, to the lab, court room and to final sale, disposal or return to owner.

RFID solutions can deliver greater than 99 percent inventory discovery accuracy, and up to a 95% reduction in labor costs. It can increase asset utilization, enhance process assurance, reduce theft and losses, and give your organization reliable and cost-effective regulatory compliance.

However, most law enforcement agencies have evidence handling systems that remain largely unchanged from the 1950s. While many have deployed barcode identification, these critical items are often managed using paper-based systems, often without computerized inventorying and logging of evidence being checked in and out of the area.

Criminal cases have had to be dismissed before going to trial or lost in the courtroom due to critical items of evidence simply being lost in the evidence room or not available in a timely way.

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SOLUTION OVERVIEW Once the evidence is tagged, the details of the item along with the unique serial number of the RFID tag attached to it is recorded into a Microsoft SQL database using the eQUIP software application developed by FSN software partner E-ISG Asset Intelligence. Fixed RFID readers placed at various locations throughout law enforcement offices and courthouses will read each tag as it passes within each reader antenna read-zone range, creating a record of each item's last known location.

In the evidence room, for example, each evidence desk can also be fitted with a desktop or mobile handheld reader to record an item's location. Readers placed on exits from the evidence room would ensure that no unauthorized removal could take place by initiating a preselected security procedure (such as sounding an alarm or locking doors as well as initiating email or SMS text messages) should an attempt to remove evidence be made without authorization or the correct credential profile. The serial number of each tag would be linked to a database record for that item and could include all the relevant details regarding the item. In addition to enabling police departments to track the location of evidence, the system would also track custody of each item so that as the item moves from the police department to forensic lab, district attorney's office to the court, a record is stored for each change in possession and location of that item. The issuing of RFID Personnel Badge cards to police officers, administrative staff, clerical employees, court officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other individuals requiring access to the evidence room, the company says, would enable the readers to detect which individual was in possession of each item of evidence for accountability.

The FSN Property Buddy Label has 2 sections(4” x 2” and 3” x 2”), one for the item labeling and the other as an automated receipt for the officer notebook. Optionally, as this die-line diagram shows it could also have 3 sections which includes 2 peel-off sections. Compatible with Zebra R110Xi4, RZ400 and Toshiba RFID Printers.

Impinj Monza M4QT Inlay

We include the Smartrac Short Dipole with Impinj Monza M4QT integrated circuit. Its True3D™ antenna technology offers patented, dualdifferential antenna ports enabling compact omni-directional tags and labels without blind-spots, improving item-level read reliability with long read ranges irrespective of tag orientation. Extended temperature range o o (-40 C to +85 C) for reliable performance under hard conditions. The IC features a factory-programmed 64-bit serial number that cannot be altered The short dipole is very common in many logistics tracking environments and offers significant cost savings.

Specialist GPS, Video Surveillance and RFID System Integrators for Challenging Environments FSN_Brochure_1313_RFID_Property & Evidence Management Zebra R110Xi4 With our unique 2 section Buddy Label, there is no longer a requirement for separate Receipt Printers or Receipt media stock for Police Officer notebook copies. However, a form of receipt would be required upon return of seized or lost property to original owners which would use the Form Generator feature of the eQUIP! software along with a Signature Pad. The Zebra R110Xi4 is rugged and optimized for high volume, multiple users and its intelligence automatically determines the location of the RFID Inlay. FSN also includes the RFID Label Design software Bartender 10.0 from Seagull Scientific.

Toshiba B-SX5 and B-EX4T1 FSN supplies Labeling Design Software compatible with these RFID enabled printers from Seagull Scientific ( Bartender Enterprise RFID), Labelview, Nice Ware and Loftware are also compatible.


The ALIEN 9011 is the fully-featured version and represents, in our opinion, the best value for money. Key features for the Police EPU application includes Passive UHF RFID, both 1D and 2D barcode scanning, rugged IP65 rated yet light weight, GPS to easily record evidence location accurately, 3MP Camera with flash for situations where the police camera is not available and to easily associate photographs with the evidence ID, long service periods with back up battery, Bluetooth, WIFI and Cellular HSPDA for areas beyond WIFI coverage.


Missing property and evidence, especially drugs and guns, creates unwanted headlines. To assist in preventing these potentially harmful circumstances, FSN recommends Fixed Passive UHF RFID Readers(RFID Portal) at all Exit doors from the EPU. These Readers and Antennas will detect any RFID tag moving within its read zone at the doorway. We position antennas such that the direction of travel is

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also determined and reported. Our software is configured such that any RFID tagged item which is detected generates an alert(audible alarm, light stack, email/SMS, video camera or door lock) unless accompanied by an authorized or credentialed staff member(if they are provided with Employee RFID ID badges). This further enhances the security strength of Chain of Custody.

Impinj’s Speedway® xPortal™ solves the size and mounting limitations of traditional portals with a light-weight, low-profile unit that is as attractive as it is effective. Measuring approximately

30.5 x 8.75 x 2 in (77.5 x 22.2 x 5 cm) and weighing less than 6.5 lbs (3 kg), its compact form is unobtrusive, streamlined, and ultimately flexible, yet delivers better performance than larger, more costly industrial-scale portals. Designed for retail, office, hospital, and other indoor environments, the Speedway xPortal reader is ideal for monitoring tagged items, pallets, equipment, files, or people passing through doorways, hallways, or other zonal coverage areas.

X-Portal A look Under the Cover Total zone coverage The Speedway xPortal reader integrates high-performance Impinj-designed Dual-Linear Phased Array (DLPA) antenna technology with beam switching and polarization attributes that are dynamically managed by the reader. The system‟s DLPA antenna configuration provides broad coverage of the read zone, as the elements continuously alternate between vertical and horizontal polarizations, delivering full omnidirectional power with greater consistency and intensity than circularly-polarized antennas.

Harnessing the Autopilot capability, the Speedway xPortal senses exactly where tags appear in the field, automatically optimizing the read zone for the best, most efficient level of performance. And the Speedway xPortal reader‟s Low Duty Cycle function conserves energy while also eliminating unnecessary RF noise by limiting operation to only times The Speedway xPortal DLPA antenna when tags are detected within the field of view. configuration provides full omni-directional power and zone coverage.

Mobile Readers for the Districts:

Police Districts requirements may be met with a less technologically advanced Reader device. For example, read range is not as critical in the district application as it is for a large EPU room. However, 1D and 2D barcode scanning would be a requirement as would rugged construction. Leveraging Smartphone device technology may meet these requirements. This can be accomplished with either a Bluetooth or USB tethered mobile barcode scanner with the Smartphone. Districts may wish to consider procuring Smartphones with integrated 1D/2D barcode at their next hardware refresh cycle or procure separate devices now. These could also be used with the in-vehicle laptops. For the latter scenario, the following is offered as an option.

Specialist GPS, Video Surveillance and RFID System Integrators for Challenging Environments FSN_Brochure_1313_RFID_Property & Evidence Management CAEN qID Mobile Reader for Bluetooth Devices R1240IB - qID – Wearable Bluetooth UHF RFID/BARCODE Reader Introduced to the market in 2013, the qID is a fully integrated UHF RFID USB/Bluetooth reader with 1D/2D Barcode. The device is a cost-effective add-on for any Bluetooth enabled host such as PCs, a smartphones, PDAs or tablets as an alternative to integrated handheld readers.

The qID has a settable output power for reading from a few inches up to 3 feet with an integrated dual linear polarized antenna. It includes the 1D/2D barcode imager.

This reader can work both in "on-line" mode, connected to any bluetooth (and also USB) device including Android and iOS devices (we are Apple certified) and also in "off-line" mode and run some scripts you can activate using the trigger button (for example read and store up to half a million of EPC, or read a barcode and program the RFID tag with the same code etc.). Our eQUIP! software provides a full menu system on the Smartphone or Tablet screen, to guide users through processes. It can be used for Check-In, Check-Out, Shelve, and barcode scans of storage lockers. Read Range is typically 1.5m.

Signature Tablets are all USB powered with cordless, battery-less interactive pens manufactured by WACOM, the industry leader. The basic unit is included as well as more fully featured tablet options for consideration. The optional signature tablets all have increased signing space. The DTU 1031 and DTU 1631 both allow a view of the document requiring the signature.

Signatures are one of the oldest traditional forms of identification but do require authentication.

Without an Authentication capability, signatures and therefore the unbroken chain of custody can be questioned. New equipment issues to Officers and transfers can also be tracked by capturing electronic signatures at the time of the transaction.

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