After serious road traffic collisions, it is standard practice to accurately document forensic evidence in an objective and timely manner. This evidence recovery process can be stressful and time-consuming, especially in conditions where hundreds or thousands of vehicles are lined up and waiting.
The Victoria police force, Australia, are using two RIEGL VZ-400i terrestrial laser scanners with Nikon D810 cameras to measure and map fatal collision scenes throughout Victoria with millimeter accuracy in less than half the time. They have been using their new scanners since March 2017.
Victoria police benefitted from the extensive experience RIEGL has gathered with numerous police forces around the world, including the Met Police in the UK. These experiences have resulted in a tailored, extremely fast, and easy-to-use field to office workflow that is unmatched in the industry, making the RIEGL VZ-400i the premiere choice for investigators worldwide.
The New South Wales police force are also utilizing a RIEGL VZ-400i for collision investigation in their state.
LiDAR scanning offers many benefits to collision investigations including:
- More complete and objective evidence gathering than ever before
- Reduced time in the field
- Significant reduction in road closure times
- New, innovative, and engaging ways to present evidence
- Data can assist in crime scene and collision analysis
The combination of the VZ-line of terrestrial laser scanners and our RiSOLVE software is optimized for collision investigations and is the fastest solution to acquire, register, and colorize outdoor 3D scan data.
The state-of-the-art hardware and software can be used to rapidly collect evidence at the scene of collisions, which helps to reduce the amount of time roads are closed, reduce lane closures, and minimize road congestion.
The RIEGL VZ-400i is also equipped with new, innovative on-board registration, allowing the scans to be registered in the field and on the fly as the collision investigators document the scenes.
Data collected from the scanners and processed through the specialized software can be used to produce high quality graphics and detailed plans of collision scenes to use in court cases.