Global Positioning System or GPS forensics can provide critical evidence in criminal and civil cases. GPS devices today include personal GPS devices as well as auto, aviation and marine devices. We have certified GPS examiners on staff who can properly collect data from GPS devices in a forensically sound manner and analyze the data using state-of-the-art forensic tools and mapping technology.
As is true with any form of digital evidence, proper analysis and interpretation of the data is a critical aspect of making sure that the forensics in a case is properly represented through solid techniques and experience. Our GPS forensic experts have performed GPS collection and analysis on numerous cases, including wrongful death and murder cases, and have qualified and testified as a GPS expert in both State and Federal courts.
Information from GPS Devices Can Include:
- Historic Locations
- Favorite Locations
- Trackpoints (locations where the GPS has been)
- Track Logs (Complete list of Trackpoints the unit has created)
- Waypoints (locations where user was physically and saved as a location of interest)
- Routes (custom series of Waypoints created by a user to navigate in a specific order)
GPS Device Forensics
Typically, data extracted from a GPS unit or device was either generated from a system level, like track points and tracklogs or at a user-level, like routes or waypoints. Both of these can be useful but in different ways.
Recovering track logs from a GPS unit allows us to perform complex mapping and data analysis on the recovered data. From there, we can help prove that someone was at a specific location, or that the device was. When it comes to user data, if we can show that someone typed in an address and went there, it may help prove intent, which can be useful in criminal investigations.
Wearable Device Forensics
There are many different types of portable devices that can be used in a forensic examination. They can track locations and routes, but some connected devices with Bluetooth access can also collect calling data. Because these devices are similar and can yet be very different, it’s important to have a trained examiner when attempting to extract data. The ability to utilize SD cards, points of interest, connections made from a smart device, if a favorite location was frequented, can all help in proving whereabouts.