CEN Workshop on CBRNe SENSOR API Network Protocols, Data Formats and Interfaces

While time is an important factor for successful outcome of the crime investigation, the traditional forensic examinations are usually time consuming. It can be very problematic when investigations are underway and quick results are needed. Traces must be detected on-site as soon as possible before they degrade and loose forensic information important for criminal investigation.

The aim of the EU funded project RISEN project (Horizon 2020) is the development of a set of real-time contactless sensors for the optimisation of trace detection, visualisation, identification and interpretation on site during crime scene investigations. Data will be processed in real time and sent to a 3D augmented crime scene investigation system to produce an interactive 3D model of the scene with position and labelling of traces and relative analytical results. The identified traces will be digitally marked and inventoried and a digitalised chain of custody will be established.


The RISEN project is developing a generic SENSOR API that will be used by different RISEN sensors manufactured by different organisations. In this regard, the existing SENSOR API can be further generalised and used as a basis for a future standard, allowing any CBRNe SENSOR to connect and exchange information, in a network-enabled environment, with remote services in a uniform way.


It is proposed to develop a CWA on CBRNe SENSOR API - Network Protocols, Data Formats and Interfaces due to the following reasons:

  • Facilitate analyst data interpretation by using familiar, well defined and consistent sensor data formats;
  • Enable evidence management information systems to receive data from compliant CBRNe sensors without requiring custom developments;
  • Include 3D-spatial support in sensor data, enabling 3D data location;
  • Improve operational autonomy and efficiency with digitalisation of traces and evidences;
  • Enable forensics data sharing between practitioners.

The kick-off meeting will be held on 10 October 2022, in Jurmala (Latvia). People interested to participate in the kick-off meeting can register through the form below.


All interested parties are invited to submit comments on the draft Project Plan and on the draft CWA using the commenting form below, to the Workshop secretary, Mr Yusuf Yilmaz (yusuf.yilmaz@din.de) by 2 October 2022.


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