NFI creates a virtual crime scene at NOS news

A murder scene can only be investigated once: right after the act. Then everything is cleared up and no further research is possible. The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) may have found the solution. Tomorrow, a CSI Lab will open in the Hague to demonstrate a digital crime scene that you can enter and explore with special virtual reality glasses. This allows crime-scenes to stay intact for further investigation. The press will be allowed to see it today.

Within the new project CSI The Hague, NFI collaborates with high-tech companies and research institutes such as TNO, the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam University, Capgemini, TU Delft and Philips. The Hague and the Ministry of Economic Affairs are subsidising the project, which costs a total of about five million euros.

Augmented reality

"You can only investigate a crime scene once", says the NFI. "If you forget to secure possible evidence, it will be gone forever." Within the project CSI The Hague, the aforementioned VR glasses ('headmounted device') and a tablet were developed, which allows researchers to make three-dimensional recordings of a crime scene and add comments and possible clues using augmented reality. They also developed cameras that can capture heat and blood traces.

At the CSI Lab, the recordings can be projected and stored. Then, long after the crime scene has been cleared, detectives and forensic investigators can investigate and test hypotheses in the crime scene using "serious gaming" techniques. It also lets you simulate scenarios.

The investigators themselves are also subject to research at CSI Lab. Their behavior can be monitored and analysed. Their heart rate and walking routes, for example, can be monitored from the observation room.