17 Jun

Two New Job Opportunities

Two New Job Opportunities:

(1) Forensic Ballistics & Tool Mark Technician with Company Funded Doctoral PhD

(2) Post-Doctoral Expert in Surface Measurement or Related Field

General Description of Roles

Forensic Pathways is seeking two new members of staff to work on our new state of the art technology for surface reconstruction using Nano-Scale capabilities in the field of forensic ballistics. The matching process involving bullets, cartridge cases and test fired firearms is normally carried out by highly skilled firearms experts and is a time consuming process. Recently technologies have become available that use techniques ranging from photographic grey scale imaging to confocal microscopy but the success of these systems has been the subject of much debate in scientific literate. Our aim is to implement our new technology and continue to provide ever improved automated support to ballistics experts in the speedy and accurate identification and correlation of bullets and cartridge cases. The valuable expertise of experts is currently taken up with time consuming human based search and correlation. Our aim is to provide the ballistics expert with the technological support to enable them to reduce time scales for analysis and spend much more of their time doing what they do best as experts.

The work will include:

  • Implementing our range of new techniques & technologies coming from our R & D program;
  • Implement our technology which is the most advanced set of surface reconstruction techniques & technologies world-wide using 3D and Nano-Scale capabilities;
  • Further develop our advanced measurement and correlation capabilities;
  • Further develop sensors for ever more accurate measurement;
  • Further develop our data interoperability capabilities between ballistics systems;
  • Engage fully in our emerging R & D program;
  • Represent the company internationally at Trade Shows, Conferences & with Clients.


The Package will be attractive to the right applicants and include the potential of a funded PhD for the Technician. The Post Doc will be encouraged to engage in further career development in their field working with company and its R & D program.

Skills & Qualifications (Technician):

(1) Technician:

Should be educated to Degree (at least 2:1) in relevant field or Master’s Degree in relevant field and in both cases possessing the capability to complete a Doctoral PhD

(2) Post-Doctoral Expert in Surface Measurement or Related Field

Desired Skills (Both Posts): 

(1)   Strong mathematical and analytical skills;

(2)   Strong software development capabilities;

(3)   Able to work in a team.

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05 Jun

ALIAS Forensic Ballistics collaborating with Forensic Pathways

ALIAS – the next generation of forensic ballistics – attracts EU distribution, technology licensing and product collaboration deal with respected UK criminal and business intelligence company Forensic Pathways

Contract signing at British High Commission in Ottawa, Canada marks first step in powerful alliance between Pyramidal Technologies and Forensic Pathways

Richard Leary & Ardavan

Left to right:  Richard Leary, MBE, Managing Director, Forensic Pathways Ltd, UK and Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd

Ottawa, Canada – May 31, 2013 – Thanks to help from UK Trade & Investment, Pyramidal Technologies Ltd., creators of ALIAS, the next generation in forensic ballistics, has inked a strategic agreement with Forensic Pathways Ltd. Signed at the British High Commission in Ottawa, the agreement covers ALIAS product distribution throughout the European Union (EU), technology licensing, and ongoing collaboration to advance the state of the art in crime scene innovations that help solve gun crimes on both a national and international scale. The companies estimate that the market size within EU countries for this technology is $250 million.

ALIAS builds visually rich 3D cartridge case and bullet images, then provides powerful tools to analyze them using topographically sensitive colorization, adjustable light source illumination and axis orientation. Its product roadmap will now include proprietary image processing technology from Forensic Pathways created by that company’s multi-disciplinary team of computer science, optics, mathematics and photonics experts. Forensic Pathways’ unique software solutions in the area of criminal and business intelligence are patented in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. The company’s diverse client base includes top-level security agencies such as EUROPOL, New Scotland Yard and many other security organisations and private companies across Europe.

Forensic Pathways Managing Director Richard Leary, MBE, conceived the ODYSSEY project. The project, which ran from 2008 to 2011 and reported directly to the European Commission, involved research on the sharing of information about gun-crimes throughout the EU in order to combat organised crime and terrorism.

 “When we saw ALIAS in action, we immediately noted the synergies between our technologies and were thoroughly impressed by ALIAS’s capabilities. After further due diligence, we then quickly undertook to secure distribution rights to introduce ALIAS to security organisations thoughout the EU,” said Leary. “We will also be integrating our advanced image search technology to further improve ALIAS, and have identified several future possibilities to bolster ALIAS with newer technologies we are currently commercializing.”

Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer of Pyramidal Technologies, is thrilled with the market expansion and technology collaboration plans underway with Forensic Pathways. “I have long admired Forensic Pathways’ software expertise as well as its long history as a trusted partner to European security organisations and we see many opportunities to incorporate its software to establish unambiguous and unequivocal gun crimes evidence for prosecutors,” he said. “I can’t think of a better partner to advance the cause of ALIAS in the European market for forensic ballistics systems.”

UKTI & High Commission

Left to right:  Brendan McManus, UKTI Trade Officer; Corin Robertson, Acting British High Commissioner to Canada; Richard Leary, MBE, Managing Director of Forensic Pathways Ltd; and Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd

ALIAS Product Description

ALIAS is a full 3D imaging, correlation, visualization and confirmation system that builds visually rich 3D cartridge and bullet images, then provides powerful software tools to analyze them using topographically sensitive colorization, and adjustable light source and axis orientation.

ALIAS image data is captured by the world’s finest Swiss-built, application-specific interferometer, then processed with a thoroughly modern 64-bit computing and application architecture that rapidly defines 3D data with patented algorithms and methodologies.

A human hair measures approximately 100 microns wide. ALIAS’s 3D cartridge images offer resolution of 2 microns, or 1/50th the diameter of a single human hair. This unsurpassed level of accuracy produces infinitely better results that vastly reduce the time it takes firearms examiners and technicians to complete their analysis.

To save even more time, ALIAS’s straightforward three-step imaging/correlation/confirmation protocol promotes simple operation, quicker ramp-up times, and less margin for error. ALIAS also allows law enforcement agencies to easily export 3D scans and associated demographic data to other visualization packages or departmental systems to ensure maximum compatibility with present and future systems in use by other agencies around the world.

More than the technology is revolutionary. Starting at $135,000 for its Data Entry Station, ALIAS is aggressively priced against competitive offerings. Pyramidal Technologies is taking ALIAS orders now with a three-month delivery time. Five annual support cost options range from zero cost for law enforcement agencies with available IT resources, to platinum coverage that includes 24/7 support and two-hour response time.

About Pyramidal Technologies Ltd.

Pyramidal Technologies Ltd. is an advanced technology company dedicated to transforming the forensic ballistic imaging industry with ALIAS. As a market-driven organization with a proprietary technology base, the company’s goals are to establish a new standard in forensic ballistics imaging and identification, and to be proactive around shared interests, purposes and values in delivering solutions that can support civil societies. For more information, please go to www.pyramidaltechnologies.com.

About Forensic Pathways Ltd.

Forensic Pathways is an international award winning company headquartered in the UK with an international distribution network, including an Australasia office based in Perth, Western Australia.  The company specialises in the development of unique software solutions in the area of criminal and business intelligence.  Its client base is diverse, providing technology and services to the security and law enforcement markets, along with governments, lawyers, finance industries, banks and insurance groups.  It holds a number of Patents within Europe, the US and Australia and has won a number of awards for innovation culminating in the Orange National Business Awards 2009.  It is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact on Corporate Social Responsibility.

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22 Mar

Women in Business

Creating a bridge between the UK and the Apulia Region
A fresh start for women entrepreneurs
Taranto, Italy

Following an invitation from the British Chamber of Commerce in Italy, Deb will be speaking at the event being held in Milan on 25 March.  Her presentation will focus on the importance of global trade, the importance of connectivity and the need for an increase in high growth, sustainable, global women owned businesses.

Press Release

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05 Feb


On ‘Safer Internet Day’ Forensic Pathways are delighted to announce that we, along with our strategic partners, Videntifier Technologies, based in Iceland, have been elected by Interpol and the European Commission to provide a new state of the art technology to help combat the sexual abuse of children as part of the ‘Safer Internet Programme’.  Criminal activities on the internet have increased significantly during the last decade, not least the sharing of and selling access to videos and images of sexually exploited children.  This 3 year project is supported by the Safer Internet Programme and serves three main actions required by Law Enforcement involved in child abuse cases:  victim identification, the enforcement of laws on the possession and distribution of child abuse videos and images, and an increase in detection power of child abuse content on networks.

Both companies have developed unique technologies in the field of image and video forensics and it is the bringing together of these two technologies which forms the basis for the forthcoming Interpol project.  Forensic Pathways patented technology ‘Forensic Image Analyser’ has the capacity to identify the actual camera or mobile phone that created a digital photograph and to also identify whether two or more digital images were taken by the same camera or mobile phone.  This technology which has already been used by agencies both in the UK and internationally has a significantly diverse range of applications from the investigation of child sex crimes through to terrorism, or issues relating to espionage and copyright theft.

Videntifier Technologies as part of the project will supply video and image identification technology that helps police authorities to find relations between individual video and image files by comparing their visual content.  In this way Interpol members will be able to automatically compare images across borders, processing 80,000 hours of video content or 20 million images at effectively instant speeds.

One of the Projects expected impacts on the global fight against child abuse will be an increase in the number of children rescued from situations of sexual abuse and more offenders brought to justice.  Furthermore, the project will reduce the number of hours investigators have to watch material in the process of investigation and therefore reduce prolonged exposure to potential damaging material.

The project also serves the internet industry enabling the industry to check image and video content uploaded to their servers against the Interpol reference database, thereby leading to a serious reduction in the distribution of child abuse material.

Ben Leary, Director of Global Operations for Forensic Pathways states ‘This project shows the power of collaboration across industries and across borders.  As a company we are committed to developing new technologies that are focussed on protecting the most vulnerable member of our society and we know that the best way to do this is to work collaboratively with other companies and relevant stakeholders.  It is fantastic that we have the opportunity to do this with our strategic partners in Iceland, Videntifier Technologies and that we are being entrusted to do this by Interpol’

This project follows on from a joint agreement signed between the two companies in 2012, the global significance of which was highlighted by the presence of the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and the UK ambassador to Iceland, Ian Whitting, both of whom witnessed the signing of the agreement between the companies.


For further information contact:

Ben Leary, Director of Global Operations            Deb Leary, OBE, FRSA

Email:  ben.leary@forensic-pathways.com          Email:  deb.leary@forensic-pathways.com

Tel: 01827 255170                                                  Tel:  01827 255180

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05 Feb

Names Not Numbers – A private ideas festival

17th-19th March Aldeburgh – Thorpeness – Snape

The next Names Not Numbers will take place over two days and nights in the iconic coastal town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk for a series of provocative short talks, panel debates, films, entertainment, fine dining and beach ‘walking workshops’. Invited participants will hear historian Simon Schamagive a History masterclass; actor Tom Hollander discuss being “Rev” and a Hollywood Hearthrob; philosopher A.C. Grayling on God; novelists Esther Freud and Aminatta Forna debate Creativity; hear David Aaronovitch debate neuroscience, Gavin Esler, Susie Orbach, SONY’sAndrea Wong and Bloomsbury’s Editor in Chief Alexandra Pringle talk content, and watch Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith reunited on a stage after LiveAid to discuss – what else? Rock ‘n Roll.

Deb is part of the business panel and you can see her at 8am on Monday 18th March.

Find out more >>

MONDAY 18th March

8.00 – 9.20

BUSINESS: British individuality: is the brand of Britain still Great?
Co-Chairs: Heather McGregor, Taylor Bennett and Professor Lynda Gratton, London Business School and HotSpots
Panel: Giles English, Bremont; Emerson Roberts, Brompton Bicycles; Deborah Leary OBE, Forensic Pathways; Nicky Haslam, British Interior Designer and creative spark

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12 Nov
23 Oct

Middleton Seminar for Women in Business: 16 November 2012, Middleton Hall

As part of Global Entrepreneurship week Deb Leary etc…. is guest speaker at Dunelm Business Consultants Middleton Seminar for Women in Business.

In addition to Deb, speakers include Sue Arnold, Managing Director of Haselour House Media and Christine Banks, Manager at Handelsbanken Bank.

This promises to be a vibrant event offering discussions and workshops focused on renewing and reviving connections, networks and business strategy.  #MidSemWIB #GEWPassItOn.

To reserve a place email Nina Jung at nina@dunelmbusinessconsultants.com

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23 Oct


As Board Member of European Women in Leadership and CEO of Forensic Pathways & Clarity Intel Deb Leary has been asked to present on how to create connections to enhance professional female development and how it contributes to economic performance.

This is the first of a proposed annual series being promoted by VERIZON.

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23 Oct

European Women in Leadership Biannual meeting at the French Parliament, 22nd Oct, Paris

European Women in Leadership Biannual meeting at the French Parliament, 22nd Oct, Paris

On October 22 Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly, will host a much-awaited WIL biannual meeting. Together with members of the Washington-based Global Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN) and a high-level international audience we will discuss the topic of balance between transparency and privacy in the Internet era.

Among our distinguished speakers can be cited: Maureen Ohlhausen, US Federal Trade Commissioner; Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Senior Executive Vice President, Orange France and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, France Telecom Group; Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Research Director at INRIA; and Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief of The Economist.

Almost a hundred high-level women are expected to participate, including CEOs, executives, European high civil servants, policy makers and academics, WIL Women Talent Pool Program participants, as well as an American Global WIN delegation and a Pink Shoe Club’s delegation (an exclusive women’s network located at the House of Lords).

The emergence of disruptive information technologies in the past few years has accelerated the flow of data, and determined a more intelligent, clear-cut way of collecting and circulating information. These new practices had some unexpected consequences, from the most sensationalist rows (News of the World), to business choices influencing users’ privacy (Facebook), to tensions at the highest diplomatic levels (Wikileaks). These situations clearly show that concepts of transparency and privacy are being redefined, and that an in-depth reflection on the ‘right’ way of using data should be an important part of this process.

For more information go to: http://www.wileurope.org/articles/Details/WIL-biannual-meeting-at-the-French-Parliament

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23 Oct

Women Talent Pool Program

As Board Members of WIL and CEO of Forensic Pathways & Clarity Intel Deb Leary will be taking part in WIL’s forthcoming biannual meeting taking place in Paris on 22nd October

The morning will commence with the Women Talent Pool Programs, Communication skills training and visit to the Orange Innovation Gardens followed by a high level lunch at the French Parliament.

Women Talent Pool Program

Twenty WIL Emerging Leaders will participate in this intensive program, divided into two parts.

In the morning they will participate in a communication skills training session led by Corinne Got-Camard (CEO Hill & Knowlton) and Thierry Derrien (Senior Account Director at Hill & Knowlton). In the afternoon, the group accompanied by the Global WIN delegation will meet Orange executive women. A speech by our distinguished guest, Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, will be followed by presentations of executives, who will share their career experience.

A visit to the Orange Innovation Gardens and a discussion on new technologies in healthcare and 3D imaging will complete the program of the day.

The Women Talent Pool is an 18-month-program aimed at supporting talented women in mid-level management positions, whom WIL chose to call Emerging Talents. It is being realized thanks to multiple resources, including a network of high-level women, many of whom volunteered to serve as Role Models, and sponsors with expertise in various fields and willingness to share leading practices.

For more information go to: http://www.wileurope.org/articles/Details/Women-Talent-Pool-Program–October-22

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