Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets

PR Newswire
Wednesday, October 16th 2013


NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets


This report discusses forensic science industry technologies, commercial products, services, research and development initiatives, and the overall market context in which forensic science exists. The report provides descriptions of technologies and products, an evaluation of trends in the application of these technologies and products, identification of notable patents, and measurements and forecasts of market demand through 2018. Company profiles of leading companies are provided as well. Product and service categories examined include analytical instrumentation and supplies, drug identification, toxicology, fingerprinting and biometrics, DNA profiling and allied areas such as laboratory information management systems (LIMS), forensic accounting and computer/digital forensics, forensics consulting and other important niches.


Public and private forensic labs, as well as forensic consulting services in the case of electronic evidence, analyze evidence from millions of cases annually. Although the market for forensic analyses and related products is smaller than the market for biotechnology and pharmaceutical products, crime laboratory analyses serve a critical function in society and thus the forensics sector continues to develop and expand.
The forensics business is one of the most dynamic sectors of the modern economy due to a unique confluence of technological change and social demands. In short, the capability of forensic techniques has grown by leaps and bounds; costs have dropped and hence decision makers have promoted forensics to a generally receptive public. Although the last couple of years have witnessed some controversy over the validity of certain forensic techniques, generally the demand trend for forensic products and services remains on an upswing. In addition to technological change in the forensics business, the impact of legal decisions, such the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing routine DNA "fingerprinting," is critical in shaping the future of the business.
Technology advancements in forensics have been of considerable import in recent years. Examples include enhanced techniques for computer data and mobile device recovery (electronic evidence), successful use of "touch DNA" to prosecute property crimes, higher throughput and even "real-time" DNA sequencing machines for DNA identification, improved fingerprint recovery from metals such as gun cartridges and bomb fragments, use of the chemistry of color to identify chemical and biological weapons, and sensing technologies that are improving the detection of drugs and explosives at security checkpoints. Other advancements include portable DNA profiling techniques used at crime scenes, greater accuracy in ascertaining the age at death of crime victims and developments in scanning, facial recognition and biometrics. These technological advancements have reduced per unit costs in practical applications, thus enhancing the affordability of forensic applications and increasing their market penetration.
Greater use of DNA testing and other technologies has also brought high visibility to forensic testing. The number of crime laboratories in the U.S. performing forensic analyses grew from 300 in 1999 to an estimated 475 in 2013. Publicly funded forensic crime labs now spend in aggregate more than $1.6 billion per year.