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NCJ Number: 90456 Find in a Library
Title: Development and Use of Computer Systems in the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Science (From Instrumental Applications in Forensic Drug Chemistry Proceedings, P 118-125, Michael Klein et al, ed. - See NCJ-90454)
Author(s): P B Ferrara; M P McGee; R J McGann
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 8
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Annotation: This paper discusses the history, current configuration and capabilities, and anticipated capabilities of computer systems in the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Science.
Abstract: In 1973, Computer Sciences Corporation was awarded a contract by Commonwealth of Virginia, Division of Automated Data Processing, Richmond, Va., to perform an engineering study to develop a configuration, cost, and implementation schedule for a Laboratory Data Acquisition System for the Consolidated Laboratory in Richmond, Va. A central computer is used to perform real-time data processing in support of various scientific instruments used in chemical analysis of compounds as a part of the major task of processing cases and samples. For a variety of reasons, it is desirable to accomplish this real-time data processing with a distributed network of minicomputers, each closer to the laboratory than is possible with a central computer. The storage and retrieval of management information related to operations is anticipated, so that scheduled reports and inquiry capability for decisionmaking are provided. The use of a distributive network of minicomputers will allow for future expansion of the number of instruments supported, the addition of different types of automation applications, enhanced capabilities, and the automation of the three regional forensic laboratories. Graphic illustrations of the system are provided.
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Crime laboratories; Information Systems and Technology; Virginia
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