A Validation and Evaluation of Magneto-Optical Imaging Technology

A Validation and Evaluation of Magneto-Optical Imaging Technology


August 2015


Serial Numbers are removed from firearms in an effort to prevent tracking. MO sensor technology is a non-destructive method for restoring serial number identification in firearms. Phase II of this FTCOE technology evaluation validates the detection and imaging capabilities of the MO sensor technology for restoring obliterated serial numbers in actual firearms. Technology validation consisted of testing the MO sensor to ensure that the technology is effective, efficient, consistent, and dependable for detecting and imaging obliterated serial numbers in firearms. ​​

This report shares findings of an operational, in-field evaluation to recover erased markings in actual firearms.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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