Forensic Technologies Market to Reach New Heights with Utilization of Technology


Published Date : Apr 05, 2016

With technology penetrating in virtually every aspect of life, it is no wonder that solving crime is driven by modern methods and technologies for its operations. In today’s times, forensic scientists use retinal scanning, mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, DNA tests, and other advanced technologies to rebuild crimes and accidents. The entire operation of crime investigation right from collection of evidence at crime site to presenting investigated results in courtrooms, forensic technology has improved the accuracy and quality of the entire operation leaps and bound. So much so, the entire process carried out seems to be part of a science thriller due to its fictional appeal.

Some accredited agencies of the world such as Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S., the United Nations, and European Union classify physical crime in one of the following categories:

  • Drug offence ( unlawful possession, transportation, cultivation, production, supplying, importing, exporting, and financing of drugs)
  • Property crime (theft of a motor vehicle or domestic burglary)
  • Violent crime ( includes physical assault, sexual offence, and robbery)
  • Homicide (intentional killing of a person/s includes euthanasia, murder, manslaughter, and infanticide)

North America and Europe are leading markets for forensic technologies. The two regions collectively held majority share of the overall market in 2012. In these regions, in criminal investigation the use of forensic technologies such as DNA profiling, biometrics/fingerprints, and firearms identification are part of the standard process and are performed through automated systems. With further standardization of forensic technology processes, the cost/expenditures for end-to-end crime analysis will reduce and will result in declined value of forensic services and an overall reduced worth of services in these regions.

However, until the end of 2019, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World regions will collectively account for a share of 60% in the overall market. In several countries in these regions, governments have initiated DNA database program on a mass scale for future use.