A Hessle-based firm that develops technology to help with forensic investigations into road accidents is celebrating after winning two national awards.
ScenePro Digital Forensics, which is based at Bridgehead Park, took home the Most Innovative Forensic Product and Best Scene Data Collection Solution awards in the SME News British Made Awards earlier this month.
The awards recognise the company’s innovative forensic data acquisition solutions and the contribution it makes to enhancing the standards of serious, fatal and life-changing road collision investigations within the UK and overseas.
The company, launched in 2013, worked closely with collision investigators from around the world to define and finalise the specification of their new technology.
In 2019, the UK Forensic Science Regulator and National Police Chiefs’ Council implemented a programme to modernise and transform criminal forensics. Part of that requires police forensic collision investigators to conduct all future investigations to internationally agreed ISO/IEC 17020/17025 standards.
In consideration of this, ScenePro identified significant technology gaps and responded by developing a range of ground-breaking new instruments for use by collision investigators and reconstructionists.
Two years later, following a programme of scientifically robust police and independent automotive industry evaluation, ScenePro became the only manufacturer within its market sector to offer instrumentation that complies with the new requirements.
The company is now engaged in rolling out its CI 200 TS and SDIS instrumentation along with specialist manufacturer training courses to all 43 police forces in England and Wales.
Michael Peck, managing director of ScenePro, said: “Our forensic instrumentation is an excellent example of how advancing technologies can be exploited to great advantage by collaborating effectively with subject matter experts.
“I am enormously proud of the achievements of the team I have around me. They have worked tirelessly to bring CI 200 to market and it is their dedication and commitment that has placed us in the world leading position we find ourselves in today”.
Louis Peck (no relation to Michael), the managing director of Axiom Forensic in California, is a respected specialist investigator who sits on the governing board of directors at ACTAR, the Accreditation Commission of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists in the USA.
He said: “I’ll be presenting ScenePro data in a couple of weeks and they’re going to be blown away – this is what we’ve been after for years.”
Paul Ripley, a former presenter of Channel 4’s Driven programme and CEO of Distraction Drivers, said: “ScenePro is a fantastic story and its place in crash causation investigations, along with the science behind the technology, is both incredible and fascinating at the same time.”