Virtual Reality as a Collaborative Tool for Digitalised Crime Scene Examination

Vincenzo Rinaldi (Lead / Corresponding author), Lucina Hackman, Niamh Nic Daeid

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Crime scene investigation is a multidisciplinary response that involves the identification and securing of physical and trace material that may have evidential value. In this context, accurate documentation of the scene(s) is fundamental, when subsequent analysis is required for comparison and evaluative purposes. This technical note reports a virtual reality framework developed in Unity 3D targeting a low-cost Virtual Reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), which enables the exploration of virtualized crime scenes and supports collaborative investigation through an online shared repository of 3D reconstructions. The system is agnostic at the source, implying that several types of 3D imaging sensors can provide recording of the scenes. Data are presented via an immersive virtual-roaming VR application to enhance spatial perception and telepresence. The virtualized environment is accompanied by original photographs and reference information, enabling validation and contextualization of the three-dimensional spatial data. The developed framework was employed in the context of a training operation spread between Scotland, UK and Denmark, demonstrating the feasibility of the deployment of the platform independent of location at the early stages of a forensic investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Reality
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference, XR Salento 2022, Lecce, Italy, July 6–8, 2022, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsLucio Tommaso De Paolis, Pasquale Arpaia, Marco Sacco
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783031155451, 9783031155475
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2022
Event1st International Conference on eXtended Reality - Lecce, Italy
Duration: 6 Jul 20228 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Conference on eXtended Reality
Abbreviated titleXR Salento 2022
Internet address


  • Virtual reality
  • Forensic science
  • Crime scene investigation
  • 3d re-construction
  • Collaborative systems
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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