News August 2021

Alberding A07-RTK supports the surveying of crime scenes for the police in Rheinland-Pfalz

The investigation of serious traffic accidents, the acquisition of forensic evidence at the scene of crime or the search for missing persons - all these are diverse police operations that require the most modern technology. Alberding GmbH in Wildau has been equipping the protection and criminal investigation police in Rheinland-Pfalz with the Alberding A07-RTK-M surveying system for several years. The drone squadron of the Rheinland-Pfalz police also uses the technology from Alberding GmbH.

The cooperative project began in 2017 on the initiative of the Trier police. In the past four years, the Alberding system has been extensively tested in everyday police life and continuously adapted to the needs of users and technical developments. In the meantime, the protection and criminal police officers of the police departments in Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Westpfalz and Rheinpfalz as well as the Rheinland-Pfalz State Criminal Police Office use the Alberding A07-RTK-M surveying system.

"Thanks to satellite-based surveying and the GPS coordinates obtained in this way, we are able to document accident traces quickly and precisely, to better record large and complex crime scenes and to coordinate emergency units more effectively in the search for missing persons," says Torsten Michels, chief detective at the Trier Criminal Investigation Department.

The Alberding A07-RTK-M consists of a multi-frequency GNSS board, an LTE modem, a Bluetooth module with antenna, a memory card, a battery and several other components in one case. The core of the system is an integrated processor, controlling the sensor components and transferring data automatically. By simply pushing a button, it provides real-time GNSS positions accurate to the centimetre. Depending on the application, the RTK positions can be transmitted via Bluetooth to a tablet PC, stored internally or sent to a server via mobile internet.

For the acquisition, evaluation and visualisation of geodata, the Alberding AGIS software was adapted to the specific requirements of the Rheinland-Pfalz Protection and Criminal Investigation Police. The so-called AGISKP is equipped with three additional menu items: Evidence Collection, Control Point Determination and Search Operations. "The evidence collection can be done indoors as well as outdoors with up to three photos per evidence object. Control point determination allows geo-referenced images to be created when using drones. And the search operation menu item allows precise documentation of police search operations," says Anne Kwast, project engineer and responsible project manager at Alberding GmbH. The data is then seamlessly transferred to the police's internal software.

Those interested in gaining an impression of the technology in action can find a current video of the police of Rheinland-Pfalz on YouTube. The use of the Alberding A07-RTK-M is clearly visible in minutes 1:02 and 3:08.

Further information on the software and system solutions of Alberding GmbH can be found here: