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FDS has a modern and well equipped fingerprint examination laboratory accepting criminal, civil and private cases encompassing all aspects of fingerprint analysis. We have two primary fingerprint imaging systems (VSC6000 and DCS4), a cyanoacrylate (superglue) fuming chamber, chemical development capabilities and a complete physical development fingerprint kit containing standard black, magnetic and florescent powders.
The examinations commence with optical examinations, followed by one or a combination of the development processes outlined below, followed again by optical examinations.
Image capture and enhancement occurs at each stage where a fingerprint is revealed.
1,2-Indanedione Zinc - A chemical reagent that is used to develop latent fingerprints on porous surfaces (paper and cardboard).
Cyanoacrylate fuming - Often referred to as “superglue fuming”, cyanoacrylate can be used to develop latent fingerprints on objects that are non porous or semi porous (aluminium cans, CD covers, plastic bottles, etc).
Powdering - Standard black and/or magnetic powders can be used to physically develop fingerprints on non porous surfaces such as window panes, car doors, plastics, door handles etc.