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Australian police use handheld laser to create 3D map of crime scene

A new handheld scanner gives police in Queensland, Australia the ability to scan police crime scenes quickly and accurately

By: Michael Hatamoto from Feb 16, 2014 @ 23:20 CST

The Queensland Police are now able to quickly and accurately map a crime scene using a handheld mapping scanner developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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The device can measure up to 30 meters away with laser technology coupled with a remote-sensing scanner able to measure gravitational forces, velocity and orientation.

"The benefits of this new technology will reduce interference at a scene, save time and allow access to previously hard to reach areas such as steep declines and bushland," said Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Commissioner, in a statement.

The CSIRO Zebedee Scanner is mainly seeing use in the field by crime scene investigators, though could be used in auto collisions and other routine incidents, officials say

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