CDR Analysis software
A question for the investigators here that do CDR analysis.
What software do you use to analyze the call detail records and plot the results on a mapping software such as google maps or Earth as well as link analysis?
I currently use Excel, google maps, google earth, as well as some of the link analysis tools that come with certain cell phone tools like Lantern but its gets very time consuming especially if you have a lot of data.
I dont mind paying for the software if it does a good job.
I am currently looking at Geotime5 but it is 4000.00.
Is there a comparable software out there that does a good job?
I will check that out..
I have manually mapped records…. ugh
I used Google Earth for a bit and it's okay.
I used Microsoft Streets and Trips (I think that's what it was called?) and it was okay.
I began using Advanced Cell Tracking Systems (www.advancedcelltrackingsystems.com) which is good and the owner, Jeff Rhoton, is awesome and responsive. It offers a great solution and a variety of options.
I now use GeoTime 5 more and more. it's extremely flexible. I can upload CDR's, Cellebrite data, image metadata and map it all. Reports kick out in PPTX so my presentation is often pretty much complete with just a little tweaking. I have taken very data heavy comprehensive sets and created reports and videos which have very easily let the audience understand. This is the best automated solution I have found for complex data sets or multiple data sets. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but after you get through a couple of cases you'll have the software down.
You can try Oxygen Forensic Call Data Expert that allows to conveniently map CDR's fields and view direct and indirect links between callers on the graph.
I know Forensics Analytics in the UK do a great job and can ingest large volumes of CDRs, link to maps, clean up data and make querying v easy using their CSAS product. Not sure how their solution translates to the US and beyond though...http//www.forensicanalytics.co.uk/product-range#CSASDesktop
Try CellHawk cell phone mapping and analysis software by Hawkanalytics.com, located in Temecula California.
What takes hours, days and sometimes weeks, can be done within seconds. Drag and drop your PDF, Excel or CSV file and see graphical representations of cell site locations, animate calls and compare calls/callers using the link analysis tool. CellHawk also maps the location files, AT&T NELOS, Verizon's RTT and Sprints PCMD/Revail files.
CellHawk provides a 30 day free trial. Annual subscriptions include unlimited free support, post sales training. CellHawk also provides Pro Bono subscriptions for exigent cases involving Police Officers, Family Members of Officers and Children.
CellHawk.com or Hawkanalytics.com
Phone (951) 365-2655
A good comprehensive solution would be Phone Log by Securcube. It analysis Call Data Records and it correlates them with other data from different sources (like mobile extractions reports or gps/pgx positions).
There's also a hardware module, BTS Tracker, to measure the real cell towers coverage. You can import the measurements on Phone Log and compare the theoretical and real cells coverage.
We too use Cellhawk from Hawk Analytics. Very easy to use and very powerful. Great customer service and even expert help with complex cases. Mike the owner also has a foundation to help for FREE on critical missing persons cases and will even respond out to a scene to assist if needed. Great resource to have when it hits the fan. Hawk Analytics is located in Calif.
Tom Bruce - Commander
Cypress Police Department, CA
I know it has been a while since I originally posted this question but after reviewing all the suggestions here is my choice.
Many of the companies here only sell to law enforcement.
I think that is a bad business choice, since the facts are what they are, they are losing business.
So, after doing the research and making many phone calls and trying demos, my decision was Phonelog from Securecube.
THey sell to the private sector as well as government.
They are continuously updating and upgrading their product and they welcome suggestions to improve their software.
Great customer service and great product.
I heard that they will be at Technosecurity/MobileForensics World this June.
I look forward to meeting them in person.
Investigative cell site analysis should include analysis of WiFi access nodes and hot spots as many handsets switch between 2G/3G/4G and Wifi for activity on the handset.
Try this http//www.phonelog.it/en/cdr-correlation/
I can arrange product overview and trial for you if you wish to. It works good and has many interesting features as well.
Nice offer Harsh, thanks for thinking of us!