forensics international provide a range of solutions for forensic organisations including RapidDNA, a Microsoft Windows based DNA Database system that automates aspects of forenisc DNA sample processing and analysis. The system handles samples from any source and profiles from any commercially available STR kit as well as Y-STR and mtDNA. The international Team behind RapidDNA has more than 30 years combined international experience with providing forensic DNA Database solutions. RapidDNA is a fully integrated DNA Database solution with modules that provide powerful functionality from crime scene to court. RapidDNA can be used as a front-end to CODIS or as a stand-alone DNA Database solution. Modules include LIMS, Expert System, and sophisticated matching functionality. With a scalable multi-tier architecture for large national implementations, RapidDNA has been designed for ease of use that also suits the smallest satellite DNA labs and minimises training requirements. The scalable database and matching system has already been tested with more that a Million profiles so users can be assured that the system is robust enough to handle even unforeseen growth with ease.
The modularity and multi-tier design make it possible to initiate a national DNA database structure in any desirable manner. For example one could start with some modules in a small lab and grow “upwards and outwards” gradually linking all laboratories to the National DNA Database. While in highly centralised organisations it may be preferable to start with a full implementation at the national level and connecting provincial, then local laboratories. It is equally feasible to start in any desired location and implement any other laboratory as and when funding and facilities become available, establishing a National DNA Database when warranted by the volume of profiles processed across all the laboratories.
All RapidDNA functionality is provided from a server located either on the organisation’s internal network or accessed through a WAN, leased line, or WiFi network. No RapidDNA software needs to be installed on the user’s computer. The only requirement is that the user has a browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, or Macintosh Safari.
This makes it possible to expand the system at any time, provide access to remote users, and control what modules different users can access.
Forensics International is fully aware of the importance of adapting systems to the needs of local jurisdictions. Hence every RapidDNA installation is tailored to local requirements providing users with fields that allow them to record all the data that is important to them and select a user interface in the local language. Often, when users begin to understand the full capabilities of RapidDNA during training, further customisation is requested and whenever possible this work gets done before Forensics International staff leave the site.
Quality and Efficiency
Skilled laboratory staff are difficult to recruit and retain. Scientists want to spend as little time as possible in front of a computer. Hence RapidDNA is designed to minimise the need for user input or decision making. This in turn ensures that the risk of user error is minimised and processes are carried out in the shortest possible time.
RapidDNA is designed so that all significant actions can only be completed when a second, suitably authorised, analyst confirms the action. These features support the requirements of ASCLD-LAB and ISO17025.
RapidDNA is designed for speed without requiring sophisticated hardware. The highly optimised matching algorithms ensure a high stringency match can be found in less than 5 seconds in a database with one Million profiles.Future Ready
Forensic DNA analysis is still a relatively new technology. Every year new kits, equipment, and protocols become available. RapidDNA can be quickly adapted to new processes, include new kits, and also allows users create new allele designation rules. As all data is captured on the system, longitudinal research can be carried out on analyser, kit, or analyst performance.