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Lumi Drug Scan

Lumi enables frontline officers to screen suspected drug samples on the street, in real-time.

The innovative Lumi service has been jointly-developed by ESR and New Zealand Police to enable law enforcement officers to rapidly test suspected drug samples for the presence of MDMA, cocaine, and methamphetamine, using a handheld device, and then receive near-instant results on their smartphone.

Unlike traditional chemical drug testing kits, Lumi has an intuitive interface designed with frontline Police. The devices can also screen samples through plastic, meaning suspected items don’t need to be opened, protecting officers from potentially harmful substances.

Lumi compares samples against ESR’s comprehensive database of illegal drugs, and utilises machine-learning algorithms hosted in the cloud to identify when a drug sample is present. Results appear directly within the Lumi app, and a PDF report summarising the test is sent to the police officer’s email address, providing impartial analysis of the sample.

ESR and New Zealand Police have initiated a six-month pilot to assess the efficiency of Lumi testing. Testing is underway in the Counties Manakau, Central and Canterbury Police Districts, with the pilot extending to include the Auckland City and Waitemata Districts on 19 October.

Email lumi.support@esr.cri.nz to find out more about the Lumi Drug Scan service.

If you'd like to know more about Lumi

There's more information about Lumi Drug Scan in this leaflet [PDF, 1.3 MB].