We all know that geo-data exists in many ways on different devices. The camera on your smartphone stores the location where you took a picture. Chat applications can use location data as a part of their functionality, like dating or taxi apps. But also operating systems like Android and iOS relies heavily on collecting location data. Case Investigator can easily display all these types of location information on maps.
To exchange information, people use many different ways to communicate with each other. It can be phone calls, emails, sms and different chat applications. In a conversation between two persons, it is not uncommon that there’s a switch between ways of communicating. It all may have started via a chat application, switched to a call, then an email is sent before ending with a few messages more in the chat application.
To understand how two persons or a group of people have communicated, it is important to present the communication in its full context. If not, the investigator may miss the bigger picture. That’s why Case Investigator show communication between people and not single conversation threads from applications.
Experience tells us that to take notes during the case process, investigators tend to use pen and paper. Sometimes applications like Word or similar are used to both take notes and save relevant evidence they find. One of the main reasons for this is that data is scattered among many different sources and the investigator wants everything collected in one place.
None of these ways, are considered good by anyone. But it has been the best way to do it.
In Case Investigator we have solved this issue by implementing case notes. Write comments and notes, then combine it with evidence findings. This by simple drag-n-drop and then save the evidence into a document. All in a chronological order. At the end of the investigation you can produce a report that can be shared with other stakeholders.
We believe that it is easier to view data in a commonly used way. That’s why Case Investigator is loaded with different graphical ways of viewing data.
We all understand a spreadsheet and it has it’s benefits when sorting data on different attributes. But showing data in a graphical way many times makes it easier to understand the data.
It is easier to see and understand locations on a map rather than the latitude and longitude coordinates in a grid. Another example are calendars, we use them in our everyday life. The reason we use calendars instead of spreadsheets for our planning is simple. It’s easier to read, understand and of course get the better overview.