Cell Tower Analysis and Mapping

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With amazing customer service, FlashFixers provides expert cell tower analysis and mapping for lawyers, attorneys, and defenders from experience mobile forensic examiners.

What is Cell Tower Analysis and Mapping?

Cell tower analysis and mapping is the process of using call detail records (CDRs) provided by cell phone companies to determine a phone’s geographic location at certain times and at certain events (such as when a mobile device sends or receives a phone call, text message, or application data, or when it pings a cell tower to locate itself on a cellular network).

When these events are accurately mapped and analyzed, you can see a snapshot in time of where a phone was located, where it traveled, how the user of the phone was interacting with it, and other significant unknowns and patterns of behavior.

All of this can be determined without having access to the phone; you only need access to the records that cell phone companies already have. Although access to these cell phone records is restricted, cell phone companies will often provide it to lawyers for use in civil and criminal cases.

Cell Tower Analysis and Mapping Can Solve Crimes and Win Cases

The accurate interpretation, analysis, and mapping of cell tower data or call detail records (CDRs) can result in vital evidence that has the power to solve crimes and win cases in court.

CDR analysis and mapping can be used to:

  • Investigate a crime
  • Confirm or refute an alibi
  • Identify whether someone was (or was not) at the scene of a crime
  • Identify possible suspects
  • Identify possible co-travelers
  • Identify possible meetups
  • Track the historical movements of a phone
  • Track a user’s activity on his or her phone during a specified time period
  • Track the phone calls, text messages (SMS and MMS), web browsing, social media, and other application data sent or received during a specified time period
  • Discover a user’s pattern of behavior or possible anomalies in behavior for a specified time period
  • Discover a user’s pattern of travel or possible anomalies, as well as frequently visited locations, for a specified time period

All of this is possible with the correct interpretation, analysis, and mapping of call detail records (CDRs). No physical access to the phone is required.

However, if you do have physical access to the phone, you have the potential to make your case and your evidence even stronger when you combine phone records with cell tower records.

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Expert Cell Tower Mapping and Analysis for Lawyers

FlashFixers’ cell tower analysis and mapping service is specifically designed to meet the needs of lawyers, attorneys, and defenders.

We primarily serve defense lawyers that represent individuals who have been charged with a  crime, but we also support lawyers in civil cases where a mobile investigation needs to show where phones were located at specific points in time.  

We want you to win your case, but we also want you to know that you are getting the best cell tower analysis and mapping possible. With FlashFixers, you can be 100% sure that your analysis is accurate and that nothing has been missed or overlooked.

CDR mapping and analysis can be vital in determining the outcome of these types of court cases:

  • Criminal cases
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Restraining order breached
  • Civil cases, claims, or lawsuits
  • Drunk driving
  • Car accidents that result from texting while driving (these you can usually get from phone but you can also get from the cell tower records)
  • And many others

We are nationally certified mobile forensics examiners with expertise in CDR mapping and analysis. We provide expert interpretation, analysis, and mapping of cell phone records, including call detail records (CDRs) provided by cell phone companies along with data from accessible mobile devices where available.

Is This Service Right for You?

If you can relate to any of the following statements, then this service is for you.

  • You Want Accurate and Reliable Analysis of Cell Tower Records. It’s essential that your analysis and interpretation is spot-on and that your evidence is correct and irrefutable. Your analysis needs to be respected and able to hold its own when it comes under attack.
  • You Want to Be Sure That You’re Not Missing Anything Important. You need to be 100% sure that your CDR analysis is not missing anything important, especially evidence that could have the potential to change the outcome of your case.
  • You Want the Best Mapping & Analytic Capabilities Available. You want to be sure that you have the best cell phone analysis and mapping capabilities available to you, and you want your mapping and analysis to highlight anything that could be critical to your case.
  • You Want to Win Your Case. You want to give your client the best chance for winning his or her court case, and you know that cell tower records can help, but you’re not sure exactly how.

When you work with FlashFixers, you are getting the best cell tower mapping and analysis available. Call us to learn how. We’re always happy to answer any questions.

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CDR Data is Difficult to Interpret. Get Help from FlashFixers!

The CDR data provided by cell phone companies is not intuitive.  Even with specialized cell tower mapping software, the data is obtuse and difficult to accurately interpret on its own because there are so many nuances to the data.

For example, for every CDR record and cell tower, there are certain things that can and can’t be inferred. Only an experienced cell tower analysis and mapping expert will know and be familiar with all the nuances of the data.

An expert CDR analyst will consider how certain things can affect the data, including:

  • Which face or sector of the cell tower was in use
  • The amount of area covered by a cell tower sector
  • The angle of the cell tower transmitter and receiver
  • Signal strength
  • Signal noise
  • Fuzzy boundaries
  • Too many boundaries
  • Weather
  • Buildings
  • Topography

If you want to be 100% sure that the conclusions drawn from your CDR analysis and mapping are accurate and will reliably stand up in court, contact FlashFixers.

We can help you interpret, analyze, map, and report CDR data so that you can be sure it is accurate, reliable, and not missing anything. We break down the data into easy-to-understand reporting, and we can even explain it to a jury if need be.

If you need help supporting evidence and drawing conclusions using cell tower movements and tracking, contact FlashFixers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How reliable is CDR mapping and analysis? What can and can’t be discovered or inferred?

CDR mapping and analysis can be very reliable, and has the potential to provide irrefutable evidence, but only when it is interpreted correctly. There are many factors that make it difficult to accurately locate a mobile phone based on cell tower records, but a trained expert will know all of the nuances about the data, including what can and can’t be inferred.

Is it possible to pinpoint an exact GPS location with CDR mapping?

Due to the nature of CDR mapping and cell tower tracking and analysis, it is NOT possible to pinpoint an exact GPS location of a mobile device, but it is possible to rule things out. So while you might not be able to confirm the exact location of where a mobile device was, you can confirm with absolute certainty where it was not, which may help you to substantiate other evidence. CDR mapping allows you to approximate the geolocation of a phone down to a certain-sized area, and the size of this area depends on many factors.

It is also important to note that it may be possible to identify exact GPS locations (with latitude and longitude coordinates) of a cell phone for cases where access to the mobile device is also available. Using mobile forensics, this might be possible depending on GPS settings on the user device and the existence of coordinates on geo-tagged photos or app data. Text messages and phone calls are not geotagged, so this level of precision in accurately locating a phone is only available from GPS settings on the user device and not from CDR records.

How do I acquire cell phone tower records or call detail records (CDR)? Do I need to do this on my own? Is this something you can help with?

Access to call detail records (CDRs) is restricted, but you may acquire access to CDRs from court orders through subpoenas, which is commonly done for civil or criminal cases. It is on you to initiate the subpoena, but we are available to help you and to provide guidance on what information to ask for. We work with CDRs from all cell phone companies, including Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile, and others.

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