09 Feb

Dr Richard Leary invited to attend 16th edition of SIFTECH

Dr Richard Leary invited to attend 16th edition of SIFTECH



Since its launch in 1995, SIFTECH has developed into an important event exhibiting the future direction and development of technology. The 2015 International Exhibition of the Future of Technology will see Algiers host the 16th edition of SIFTECH.

Placed under the patronage of the Minister of Post and Information Communication Technology, the 16th edition of SIFTECH will gather national and international businesses and stakeholders operating in the field of emerging technologies of information and communication. Attendees will be invited to observe the approach to strengthening telecommunications infrastructure and securing data and networks.

Dr Richard Leary MBE, Managing Director of Forensic Pathways, has been invited to attend the event which is focused on Data and Network Security. Dr Leary will deliver a speech about cyber security, including the direction of the cyber security industry as well as the use of new technologies used to enhance cyber defences, such as FPL’s Forensic Image Analyser.

The event will take place between the 24th – 26th February in the Palace of Culture, Alger.

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21 Jan

FPL invited to UKTI Defence & Security Organisation’s New Year Event

Dr Richard Leary MBE, Managing Director of Forensic Pathways, has been invited by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to join Lord Livingston and Phillip Hammond in attendance of the UKTI Defence & Security Organisation’s New Year Event.

Forensic Pathways has been recognised for its contribution in the development, trade and export of cyber technology, such as Forensic Image Analyser© and its commitment to the further evolution of internationally deployed ballistic equipment.

Through successful collaborations, Forensic Pathways has introduced a number of cyber defence technologies to foreign markets, and is looking forward to another year operating at the forefront of Digital Forensics.

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09 Jul


Not only has Forensic Pathways developed a new technology that can detect which cell phone, camera, camcorder or scanner created which image or video the company has secured the world’s first criminal conviction of a paedophile based on this new technology ‘Forensic Image Analyser’ (FIA) which detects a unique signature created by every silicon chip. Forensic Pathways provided FIA technology and expertise to the Paedophile & On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police and convicted a man of serious sexual offences.

Lee Matthews, 32 of Howard Close, Hailsham, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday 8 July and was sentenced to a total of 9 years imprisonment having admitted a series of child sex offences.

Lee Matthews (above photo) sentenced to 9 years

In June this year, Forensic Pathways was approached by Sussex Police for help in investigating the activities of Lee Mathews. The Company’s new technology ‘Forensic Image Analyser’ was used to identify that the digital images on Matthews Apple iPhone had been taken by that device, as opposed to being sent to it or copied.  Matthews had until that point denied that the video on one of his phones which showed sexual activity with a child had been shot on that phone. Through the use of Forensic Image Analyser (FIA) Forensic Pathways was able to show that the videos had been created by Matthews on his iPhone.

Richard Leary, Managing Director said ‘We are pleased to have been able to assist Sussex Police and the team and to help secure a conviction in this case. In using Forensic Image Analyser we were able to identify that the images on the device were indeed taken with that device and in so doing prevented a young child having to go through the additional trauma of giving evidence in court. The suspect pleaded guilty.’

Forensic Phone Analyser (FIA), a patented technology, is also being used by Interpol where it is working to enable investigators to compare one image against 20 million images in under 3 seconds.  All in the fight to bring to justice those carrying out child abuse not only within the UK but internationally.

Detective Smith of POLIT said ‘We understand that this is the first-ever conviction obtained using this technology, which provides law enforcement with an extra option to help detect offences of any kind in which the source of digital imagery is an issue.  The assistance of Forensic Pathways was invaluable’

Matthews was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and was served with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).


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05 Mar
19 Dec

Clarity Intel awarded the ‘Digital Forensics Award 2013-14

Forensic Pathways is delighted to announce that it’s Clarity Intel division has been awarded the ‘Digital Forensics Award 2013-14. 

View the PDF version >> Clarity_Intel_award

It is with great pleasure that we announce CLARITY INTEL has been singled out to receive the Digital Forensics Award for 2013, an independent Award programme recognised both in the UK and abroad. This Award is sponsored by the Forensics Industry E-Mag, a forward-thinking publication that created the Award Scheme in order to recognise companies that have made an outstanding contribution to their particular field.

Receiving the Digital Forensics Award 2013 serves as a milestone for Clarity Intel and forms the final piece of the jigsaw that confirms the Company’s success.


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17 Oct
24 Sep

Women, Business and the Law 2014 Launch Event

Deborah Leary OBE, CEO Forensic Pathways and Board member of the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network will be speaking at – Women, Business and the Law 2014 Launch Event. She will be presenting on gender and global trade specifically:

A) more women on senior boards
B) increase access to finance and skills
C) increase access to business opportunities and procurement

This forms part of her role as Board Member to the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network.

Delegates will include High Commissioners, Commoneealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Business Council, members of the World Bank including lawyers, publishers, academics and financial and development organisations such as ERBD and DFID

The event is focussing on the recent World Bank Report.

Read it here: Gender trade and public procurement seconds

Women, Business and the Law 2014 Report – Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality

in conjunction with Commonwealth Secretariat


Tuesday 24th September, 2013

Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX


3:30 – 4:00pm Registration 
4:00 – 4:05pm
Welcome remarks and Introduction by George Saibel, Assistant Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat
4:05 – 4:25pm Presentation of “Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality” by Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis
4.25pm – 4.35pm

Presentation  on the Gender, Trade and Public Procurement research report by Esther Eghobamien, Interim Director, Social Transformation Programmes Division, Commonwealth Secretariat


4.35 – 4.45pm

Remarks by Deborah Leary OBE, CEO Forensic Pathways and Board member of the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network

4:45 – 5:00pm Q&A Session chaired by George Saibel 
5:00 – 6:30pm Closing and Reception 
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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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