Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $290,000)
The Regional Forensic Science Center (RFSC) is a department within the Sedgwick County Division of Public Safety that provides forensic services to the city of Wichita, Kansas and surrounding cities within Sedgwick County. The goal of this project is to enhance every aspect of sample processing in the DNA laboratory by acquisition and implementation of a LIMS at the RFSC. Specifically, the objectives are to implement technology that allows barcoding of evidence and derivatives, electronic evidence transfer and chain of custody archival, automated worksheet population and sample tracking, plate set-up import file preparation, data file analysis, dilution/normalization/master mix calculation, and report writing. The goal is to implement a system that accommodates all aspects of testing and workflow ongoing at the RFSC and to manage information beyond the analytical workflow and alleviate bottlenecks related to quality processes such as document management, tracking and traceability of reagents, and equipment maintenance/calibration. The expected result is faster, more accurate analysis, and the ability to capture analytics currently unavailable to RFSC staff.