The consortium “TRACES” will offer a disrupting imaging and micro-spectroscopy technology for enabling high-throughput screening and automated identification of traces collected in crime fields.


It will also offer a novel trace-lifting/handling package and an efficient information system for managing the massive amount of data that will be generated during the scanning of a multimodal microscopy imaging head over a large, sample-backing area. Indicative target traces include, but are not limited to, blood, hair, fibers, glass, sand, soil, cells and saliva.


The consortium partners are Spectricon (coordinator) and Zanasi & Partners (Z&P’s), an Italian Cybersecurity Technology SME. Spectricon develops the trace-lifting/handling system and the Trace-Microanalysis Microscope (TMM) (patent pending). Z&P’s develops the data management/analytics system. The consortium is complemented by a forensic sciences academic team based in the UK and an advisory board comprising the managers of leading forensics companies across Europe.

The SHUTTLE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 786913. This site reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.




Spectricon coordinating the TRACES consortium won the European Tender “SHUTTLE” for developing a high throughput screening microscope for the European forensic labs…  more