LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio's latest report on the global forensic technologies market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
Forensic technologies: market outlook and forecast
The market is driven primarily by R&D in forensic science that focuses on providing innovation in forensic tools along with making the entire process less time consuming, accurate, cost-efficient, and automated. R&D is supported by government and government agencies like the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), who have made extensive investments in this segment since 2009.
Tasneem Ali, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on lab equipment sector, says, "Government has passed laws such as Rapid DNA ACT of 2017, which further promotes the importance of DNA profiling in forensic technologies. DNA collection laws have helped to expand the DNA databases regarding references and crime scene specimens, thus improving the quality of DNA-based forensic technology and benefiting the market."
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The top three emerging trends driving the global forensic technologies market according to Technavio research analysts are:
- Growing importance of NGS
- Rising preference for portable forensic technology
- Increase in hyphenated technology
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Growing importance of NGS
NGS makes the entire sequencing process more efficient by initiating parallel sequencing of DNA fragments. Huge volume of sequencing data is processed in a short period and costs less. Based on NGS technology, several assays and models have been designed for forensic DNA applications.
"Some of the applications of these SNPs are bio-geographical prediction of unknown crime scene sample or prediction of externally visible characteristics such as eye color. These techniques increase the scope of NGS in forensic laboratories providing deeper insights in cases," according to Tasneem.
Rising preference for portable forensic technology
There has been an increasing demand from the police forces on the private sectors to develop automated technologies that can speed up the analysis of evidence. Companies are now providing products that are easy to use, portable, and can produce results in less than an hour. Government is funding projects that will aid laboratories to work on such products that will save a considerable amount of time along with cost.
One of the products under new age portable crime-scene forensics technology involves high-resolution 3-D images of shoeprints and tire tread marks in snow and soil. The system will be cost-effective compared to traditional systems of plaster casting. The NIJ provided two-year grant, funding an amount of USD 788,167 in 2016
Increase in hyphenated technology
Traditional instruments such as mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis, and gas chromatography are being used to their maximum potential by combining both chromatographic and spectral methods to leverage both techniques to achieve higher quality of forensic analysis.
The demand for technologies with high accuracy and efficient analytical selectivity and sensitivity will encourage forensic scientists to use hyphenated technology-based equipment. Forensic glass analysis is carried out coupling laser ablation with mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) where machine analyzes even trace amounts of glass due to their sensitive isotopic recognition ability.
- Agilent Technologies
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