Magnet Forensics Launches New Free Tool; Google Maps Tile Investigator (GMTI)

With a strong commitment to helping thousands of its customers in the world’s top law enforcement, military, government and corporate organizations recover data from a broad range Internet-related communications, Magnet Forensics (formerly JADsoftware) has launched another free tool for forensic examiners; Google Maps Tile Investigator (GMTI).


The software can be used by investigators to gain insight into a person’s location searches in Google Maps by recovering tile files left behind on a computer. GMTI will take the x, y and z coordinates found in the tile filenames, then download surrounding tiles to show more context around an individual tile. It will also convert the x, y and z coordinates to their corresponding longitude and latitude coordinates, which can then be plotted in Google Maps.HOW AN INVESTIGATOR WOULD USE GMTI

In an investigation, Google Maps tiles recovered by GMTI can be used to view a location a person was getting directions to, or an area that was being viewed. This can be useful in a number of investigations ranging from kidnappings and runaways, to drug trafficking and homicides.

For more information on the GMTI tool, please visit the Magnet Forensics website to read a blog post written by Founder & CTO, Jad Saliba: Investigating Google Maps – How the Tiles Tell All

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Please visit the Magnet Forensics website to download GMTI for free:

About Magnet Forensics

Magnet Forensics (formerly JADsoftware) is a global leader in the development of forensic software that recovers data from a broad range of Internet-related communications. Our flagship product, INTERNET EVIDENCE FINDER™ (IEF) was created by a former police officer and forensic examiner who recognized the need for an easy to use, comprehensive tool to help perform digital investigations. Since its creation, IEF has quickly become a trusted solution for thousands of the world’s top law enforcement, government, military and corporate organizations – used to recover Internet evidence like social media communications, webmail, browser activity (and more) to support their most important investigations.

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