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MEDIA RELEASE 28/APRIL/2016
CrimTrac Agency and SNN sign contract for provision of Bonaparte

NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands —The Australian Commonwealth represented by the CrimTrac Agency and SNN have signed a contract for the provision of SNN's Bonaparte DNA matching software and associated support services as part of a National DNA Investigative Capability (NDIC). The contract is the corollary of SNN's successful bid on tender C14/147 issued by the CrimTrac Agency last year.

Bonaparte's state-of-the-art indirect matching algorithms will provide Australia's police and related agencies with new capability that can be used for matching DNA profiles across Australia's state and territory borders for law enforcement purposes, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and Missing Person programs.

Bonaparte was commissioned in 2007 by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) as part of their CBRNe incident readiness program, and has since then been further developed and improved by SNN and its subsidiary SMART Research BV in close collaboration with the NFI.

Bonaparte played an important role in the identification of the victims of the 2010 air disaster in Tripoli, and more recently, in the identification of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine in 2014.

CrimTrac is the national information-sharing service provider for Australia's police, law enforcement and national security agencies. CrimTrac enables police agencies to share policing information with one another across Australia's state and territory borders.

SNN is the Dutch Foundation for Neural Networks at the Radboud University of Nijmegen headed by Prof. Kappen. SNN performs research on efficient methods for probabilistic Bayesian inference, control theory, neural networks, computational neuroscience and data analysis.

MEDIA RELEASE 10/FEB/2016
Vietnam War Victims identification project to use Bonaparte DNA matching software

NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands, 10 February 2016 —SMART Research BV have signed a contract for the provision of the Bonaparte DNA matching software system and associated support services to the Government of Vietnam. The procurement is part of a 10-year project that aims to identify at least 80,000 of the 650,000 unidentified victims from the Vietnam War.

Initiated by the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, "Project 150" will be the largest DNA identification project ever conducted. Three laboratories will be upgraded with latest forensic technology from technology suppliers as Qiagen and Eppendorf, while consultancy and training are provided by BioGlobe and The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia. With the signing of this contract, SMART Research BV now proudly joins the project team.

Bonaparte's state-of-the-art indirect matching algorithms will provide the Vietnamese Government Laboratories with powerful kinship and familial search possibilities required for this ambitious project. The Bonaparte system allows for identification of unknown remains based on reference DNA from family members using arbitrary pedigree trees.

The Bonaparte system has been deployed in real world identification work on many occasions; it played an important role in the identification of the victims of the 2010 air disaster in Tripoli, and in the identification of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine in 2014.

Bonaparte was commissioned in 2007 by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), and has since then been further developed and improved by SNN and its subsidiary SMART Research BV in close collaboration with the NFI.

SMART Research BV is the commercial spin-off company of SNN — the Dutch Foundation for Neural Networks at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. SMART Research develops, maintains and provides support for Bonaparte. SMART Research specializes in applying advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to solve real world problems. These technologies are also at the basis of the Bonaparte system.

MEDIA RELEASE 20/MAY/2015

Agreement with SMART Research to enhance INTERPOL forensic support to law enforcement
NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands — INTERPOL and SMART Research have signed a contract for the provision of the "Bonaparte" software and related services to the world police body.The software will enable INTERPOL to expand its ability to assist member countries in identifying missing persons, victims of disasters and other complex identifications using this techn … read more (INTERPOL website)




Bonaparte in a nutshell

Bonaparte is a complete solution for all types of forensic statistical computations based on DNA; it computes likelihood ratio's for both direct and indirect comparisons. Indirect comparisons require DNA reference material from one or more relatives, and a pedigree. Pedigrees can be of arbitrary structure. … read more

Bonaparte is web based, and therefore highly scalable. It also has its own (rewindable) database, Automatic match engine, automated profile destruction, and advanced access and matching rights management. Bonaparte can easily be integrated into existing systems, for example exisiting authentication systems or other databases such as CODIS. … read more

Is your country prepared for a prompt and reliable identification of victims after a mass disaster?

In the case of a mass disaster many important issues have to be addressed. An airplane crash, a tsunami or terrorist attack puts public directors and law enforcement into the spotlight where they have to restore public order and ensure public safety, investigate the causes and if applicable punish the perpetrators. … read more

Familial Search: Solving a 13 year old cold case

Vaatstra

In the night from April 30 (Queen's Day) - May 1st 1999, the then 16 year old Marianne Vaatstra was raped and murdered while she was traveling home by bicycle after a night out in Kollum. The crime was commited near Zwaagwesteinde, a small community in the rural north-east of the Netherlands. Investigation of the crime scene led to the discovery … read more

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