Satellite Navigation

Satellite navigation devices (SAT NAVS), which are generally used in motor vehicles, on bicycles and for navigation during outdoor activities, contain a wealth of potentially useful data that Sector Forensics has been examining for over 15 years.

Our experienced and qualified forensic experts have carried out thousands of examinations and are able to present evidence as opinion as well as fact in a court of law.

Findings are transformed into conclusive reports that tell the story of what the presence or absence of the digital artefact indicates; these are clear, concise and easily understood by all participants in the legal process.

Accessible and Inaccessible data can be extracted from Satellite Navigation devices including:

  • The Home Location: the address or place that has been entered by a user into the Sat Nav as the location of their home.
  • Favourites: It is possible for a user to enter a number of addresses or places into their Sat Nav and save them as a Favourite. It is then possible for a user to quickly access these places to plot journeys to them.
  • Recent destinations are places that the user of the Sat Nav has selected to navigate to.
  • Entered locations are places that have been entered into a Sat Nav, either as a Home, a Favourite, a Destination or a Point of Interest.
  • Last GPS Fix: The location at which the Sat Nav last connected with the GPS satellites. It may be along a journey if one is in progress or just where the device was when it was last turned off.
  • Orphan Locations: These locations are from the deleted (inaccessible) areas of the Sat Nav.
  • Last Used Point of Interest: A user-selected location based on categories stored on the Sat Nav, such as petrol stations and hospitals. These are device specific.
  • Routes/Tracks are made up of data gathered automatically from the user’s motion whilst the GPS is turned on. A route/track consists of a series of connected trackpoints that contain time and position information.