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Recognition for making this a safer world

21 March 2016

British crime-fighting software solution specialists 3rd Forensic Ltd have been recognised for the second time in four years with a top Security Innovation Award for their unique police investigators’ tool-kit - Forensic Image Linking and Management – FILM – Mk III. 

2016 ADF Award
Image: 3rd Forensic’s David McIntosh and Jim McBrierty with, development partner, Dr Miroslaw Bober - Visual Atoms Ltd (left) and DCI Mick Neville – MPS (right).

The winners in the competition for the eleventh annual ADS Security Innovation Awards were announced recently as part of a major international security exhibition.  Presented annually to outstanding British security and law enforcement technology suppliers, the awards aim to identify and celebrate key innovations across the UK security sector.

Aimed at - “Recognition for making this a safer world” - the awards acknowledge innovations that deliver new solutions for preventing, investigating, responding to and reducing crime and disorder, both at home and abroad.

For the second time in four years, the 3rd Forensic team has been singled out for outstanding innovation and impact with their crime-fighting FILM solution - Forensic Image Linking and Management.

The award was presented to 3rd Forensic Chairman David McIntosh, on behalf of the company, by the UK Home Office Security Minister, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP at a ceremony in Farnborough.

After receiving his company’s trophy and certificate from the Minister, Mr McIntosh paid tribute to his team.

The 3rd Forensic team has produced an advanced FILM solution that makes an even bigger difference to the Law Enforcement Community and we’re very proud to have the achievement recognised in this way” he said.

FILM is an end-to-end system solution helping police teams get the most out of crime scene images, obtained from CCTV and other sources.  FILM also links up, and makes best use of, other important police image and data libraries holding information helpful to investigators.  Tailored specifically to police requirements after the London riots in 2011, FILM has been delivering outstanding crime-fighting results ever since - supporting the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police teams, including their famous highly skilled “Super Recognisers, in achieving

  • more suspects found, more crimes solved
  • new value for CCTV as an effective tool for dealing with and deterring crime

These achievements are acknowledged by police Super Recognisers and their detective colleagues as being largely due to the contribution FILM makes to their work. This year’s award was made to 3rd Forensic for their latest Mk III FILM solution - equipped with enhanced automation and other refinements that are keeping FILM in the forefront of criminal investigation through forensic image management; and delivering even more help to policing in the fight against criminals and criminality.

FILM has so far contributed to more than 13,000 identifications of criminal suspects along with a rise in the guilty plea rate from an average of 61% to 84% in FILM-assisted criminal prosecutions.

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Supplementary Notes 


ADS is the established representative body for the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors, with over 900 members.  Its activities are focused around six key target areas:

  • Improving the image and profile of its members’ industries
  • Influencing important policy debates
  • Supporting UK manufacturing in general and its industries’ supply chains in particular
  • Encouraging investments in technology and innovation
  • Supporting business development opportunities
  • Increasing Member value

ADS co-operates closely with the UK government in pursuit of these goals, including in the organisation and allocation of the annual Security Technology Innovation Awards

Entries and Winners

More than 40 companies entered the 2016 Awards, the highest number of applicants to date.  From a high class field, four entries were deemed particularly worthy of note.  The two main award winners were Symetrica for their Discovery RPM – Radiation Portal Monitors  -  increasing operational efficiency when screening vehicles and cargo at ports and borders for radioactive threats; and 3rd Forensic Limited, for their FILM solution.

The two entries named as “highly commended” were Create Intelligence for Chorus, an application enabling analysts to achieve rapid production of courtroom-standard briefing documents; and Serco Group, for New Wind Farm Friendly UK Air Defence Radars on the North Sea coast.

Judging Panel

The following senior figures from industry, academia and the public sector were on the judging panel for the award:

  • Chief Constable Mike Barton, Chair of the Police Operational Requirements Board (ORB), Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and National Policing Lead for the Intelligence Portfolio
  • Dr Andy Bell, Head of the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST)
  • Robert Crook, Chairman of the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) and Managing Director Intelligence and Security, Raytheon UK
  • Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, ADS
  • Professor Chris Hankin, Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London and Director of CPNI’s Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems
  • Paul Lincoln, Interim Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT)
  • Stephen Phipson, Head of UKTI’s Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO)

Award Criteria

Entries for the Awards are judged against four key criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Uniqueness in the market
  • Market demand
  • Clear impact on the operational ability and effectiveness of end-users

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