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Montreal tech firm Forensic Technology nabs $73M ATF contract

The system tracks and compares images of ballistic evidence such as bullets and cartridge casings obtained from crime scenes and recovered firearms.

November 11, 2013  by Staff

MONTREAL—Forensic Technology Inc. has been hired by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to service the U.S. National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) program.

The US$73.4 million contract, covers dedicated support services, maintenance and software updates until 2018.

The NIBIN program uses the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) which is designed, manufactured and sold by Montreal-based Forensic Technology.

IBIS compares images of ballistic evidence (bullets and cartridge casings) obtained from crime scenes and recovered firearms.


Networked across 130 U.S. locations, IBIS systems form the NIBIN network that links crime scenes, suspects, and firearms locally, state-wide, and across the nation. IBIS communicates with systems outside a country’s borders, allowing law enforcement agencies to share ballistic information internationally.

Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than 20 years ago and partners with hundreds of law enforcement agencies in nearly 70 countries.

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