Best Practices for Collecting Mobile Data in the Field

Aug. 18, 2020
Every day more and more investigations involve mobile devices. Collecting and reviewing data from these devices in the field equips investigators with the information they need to make informed decisions and take action.

Mobile devices have become commonplace, with 81% of Americans owning a smartphone in 2019 according to Pew Research Center. As such, mobile devices that are used for communication, photography, navigation, and other activities can provide crucial data for investigators.

However, the more important mobile device data is to investigations, the more devices are seized for analysis—and the less time forensic lab examiners have available to conduct analysis. This process can take days, weeks, or even months, depending on how backlogged the lab is.

Waiting on the lab analysis can leave investigators without the actionable information that social media, messaging, contact, location, browser, picture and video, and other data can provide, which is a barrier to making fast decisions.

Read more at the SMARTpaper "Best Practices for Collecting Mobile Data in the Field"

About Susteen Inc.

Susteen was founded in 1992 by Hiro Maruyama and is an international design solution provider located in Southern California, specializing in the area of mobile data forensics and digital investigations. Susteen develops products that provide value through technological innovations.

DATAPILOT 10 came about in 2018 after identifying a need for front-line investigators and first responders to get fast access to mobile data so they can make life-saving and informed decisions without waiting on a traditional forensics lab to process a device. SMARTpapers feature sponsored content coordinated with or provided by manufacturers serving the law enforcement industry.

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