Investigating with Digital Forensics Enabled Rugged Tablets

5 Benefits of 4G for Law Enforcement 1st RespondersDT Research continues to develop powerful new tools such as scientific-grade GNSS and integrated RTK positioning tablets for digital forensics use in the field. Such purpose built tablets are effectively transforming how forensic mapping and collision reconstruction are handled in the field, allowing investigators to utilize and enhance the precision of position data that is derived from satellite-based positioning systems.There are multiple applications for the RTK tablet, but where it has come to shine is in the hands of investigative teams on the ground mapping crash scenes for rapid site clearing and traffic restoration. Since the process is completed within minutes instead of hours, safety is increased for both first responders and emergency personnel as well as for civilians in the area.

The speed of these tablets for mapping crash scenes results in scene clearing in fraction of the time required by normal site survey methods, making the process not only safer but cheaper as well. Once the site is cleared, all pertinent data has been saved for use later.

During crash site reconstruction, forensic investigators can use the data captured by the tablet to perfectly recreate the scene. Recreations of sites with 1-2 centimeter accuracy are possible thanks to built-in dual frequency GNSS modules that utilize real-time reference points from aerial photogrammetry. RTK GNSS positioning uses an external antenna to provide direct measurements, delivering 3D Point Cloud creation.

All images can be combined into a clear 3-D rendering of the crash site as it was on personnel arrival. The pinpoint accuracy of the reconstruction delivers results which meet legal specifications for official evidence, which can be accepted by and will stand up in court proceedings.

The customized, digital forensic mapping rugged tablets from DT Research have an IP65 rating, and a lightweight, portable rugged case. This allows for maximum versatility, with one-handed carry from the office to the vehicle, vehicle mounting, and use in the field. A sunlight readable display provides for clear visibility in almost any weather circumstances. These factors can be crucial to law enforcement and first responders, who require portability and high functionality for items that must be taken into a developing scene.

The advantages of these forensic mapping tablets for public safety teams, crime scene investigators, and crash site reconstructionists cannot be overstated. The ability to collect accurate, scientifically and legally defensible data in a fraction of the time formerly possible drives down costs and time investment on the scene, while delivering superior results and increased safety in the field.

RTK and GNSS Tablets for Crash Reconstruction & Traffic Enforcement

The Three Types of First Responders Who Need Rugged Tablet Solutions

Rugged tablets have become crucial tools for law enforcement and first responders as well as for court officials, allowing for rapid, accurate mapping of crash scenes and reconstruction to help determine the causes and outcomes of such crashes.

Purpose-built rugged tablets equipped with the latest in survey quality technology can save time, money, and lives, delivering new ways to perform dangerous tasks and minimize risk to the lives of countless officials and civilians.

Many states can qualify for grants for this equipment, and thus improve incident management and traffic enforcement safety at dangerous crash sites. Since secondary crashes occur in one out of five accidents, causing the deaths of hundreds of civilians, law enforcement officers, EMTs and rescue personnel, being able to utilize the latest technology to swiftly clear highway crash sites can significantly reduce the risk of such fatalities.

This new era of digitization is presented perfectly in the development of the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablet. Forensic mapping is being revolutionized by the tech that allows non-surveying work to be completed swiftly and with the high level of precision, delivering accurate mapping that is within 1-2 centimeters of accuracy and is thus considered scientific-grade results.

Conventional surveying equipment delivers slower results at a much higher cost (conventional total station equipment can take several hours to complete relying on GPS systems alone.)  In contrast, new technology allows first responders to collisions, natural disasters and crime scenes to capture all pertinent data in minutes and allows scenes to be cleared quickly for resumed traffic flow and personnel safety.

GNSS-RTK rugged tablets are deployed by law enforcement on the ground and matched with air support from drones programmed to capture images from above.  The forensic mapping software obtains and transmits the necessary measurements for crime scene re-creation. The level of accuracy provided by the resulting 3D version of the scene meets legal requirements for evidence.

Conducting forensic mapping with GNSS-RTK rugged tablets improves not only the accuracy of data collected at non-land survey sites, but can mitigate negative downstream effects as well, safeguarding lives and delivering results in court that can bring closure to the families of victims. The crystal clear crash site reconstructions that are possible with these rugged tablets can be a game changer in the world of forensics and traffic enforcement.

Utilizing Rugged Tablets for Environmental Land Management

Benefits-of-Rugged-GNSS-Tablets-for-Stakeless-Construction-ProjectsDT Research GNSS Rugged Tablets can be utilized by county and federal offices to survey, map, and record land areas for environmental protection, from wetlands to mountain ranges. These simplified, accurate survey processes can be performed with handheld tablets or in conjunction with tablet controlled drones, which can map accurately to centimeters over broad swathes of terrain and transmit overlapping images for a precise picture of even remote and hard to access regions.

High-accuracy geospatial measurements can provide environmental agencies with the data they need to ensure appropriate protection and management strategies. Arms of state agencies that need to confirm property lines and lay out right of way maps can coordinate their information to avoid damage to natural resources and protected habitats.

Built in, dual frequency GNSS modules can provide stand-alone sub-meter accuracy to centimeter-level accuracy for teams, and solo personnel can operate the tablet technology to access Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites. Compatibility with existing survey and GIS software allows users to rely on familiar applications in conjunction with advanced measurement tech for marsh and mountain surveying.

A Department of Forestry can utilize GNSS enabled rugged tablets to determine the likely advance of forest fires and help accurately plan cutting and pre-burn actions to limit the potential danger and damage of an out of control wildfire. With drone support, firefighters on the ground battling an existing blaze can be directed more effectively, providing additional safety.

Likewise, flooding and dam break prevention can be set into motion using the accurate topographical maps generated by enhanced technology. This can aid in times of local weather events, to guide evacuation or allow proactive steps to be taken to divert fire, flood, and mudslides or avalanches.

Land management offices can leverage the accurate, confirmable data collected via GNSS tablet mapping to develop, maintain, and distribute the State’s right-of-way information, making maps easily accessible and updates disseminated across all existing files in real time.

Forest, mountain, and wetland censuses can be readily accomplished and transmitted to the appropriate authorities and educational institutions, generating the data required to fund grants and government projects for land conservation and management as well as identifying specific habitats and biological environments for endangered species. Fish and Game departments can distribute licensing to control problematic populations and help establish appropriate boundaries with ample food and watering sources.

DT Research GNSS tablets can be used across all harsh environments, and are ideal for almost any branch dealing with land management, conservation, or disposal.


State Departments of Transportation Can Cut Costs with Rugged Tablets

8-Benefits-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Construction-ContractorsDT Research recently partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide DT Research GNSS Rugged Tablets to all 15 construction offices across the state. The tablets can significantly cut costs for various state department initiatives, by streamlining surveying and plan development processes, and reducing the need for lengthy, personnel-heavy survey stages.

With an appropriately equipped rugged tablet, a survey team of one can quickly and accurately complete required survey and mapping tasks. Each project can be accomplished with a higher level of accuracy than traditional methods, and a lower cost thanks to reduced need for tasked personnel.

Using the tablets saves state departments an average of $3,000 for every survey-grade measurement job that does not require a professional surveyor, in addition to providing a contract verification system that delivers highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements immediately and stores them forever for reference in case of billing discrepancies. This prevents the need for expensive and time consuming independent re-measurement checks at the end of a project.

Purpose-built GNSS positioning tablets meet the requirements for state workers to conduct geospatial measurements. They utilize familiar GPS locating and 3D modeling technologies and are compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications.

Workers can be trained in the use of these advanced tablets in as little as two hours, cutting down significantly on the costs of training and creating ready to go solo teams which can rapidly work across terrain and survey not only road construction but state biology, geology, roadway, and wetland projects.

In contrast to traditional complex surveying equipment, DT Research delivers a Windows® based mobile device with a user interface that is familiar to workers. State workers can readily obtain the diverse skillsets needed to move out into the field prepared for the task of measuring quantity, linear features and volumes with ease.

The tablets also provide cost savings in the form of long life and premier usability. Each GNSS tablet can store up to 1 Terabyte of field collected data, and downtime can be avoided with high capacity hot-swappable battery pack designed to deliver  60 or 90 watts for up to 15 hours of continuous service, connecting to wireless connectivity up to 1,000 feet with long range Bluetooth, and accessing 4G mobile broadband.

The rugged tablet is designed for outdoor use with a brilliant LED-backlight, 800 nits sunlight-readable screen and capacitive touch, making it an obsolescence resistant choice for state departments seeking to reduce operating costs and empower workers in and out of the field.

GNSS Enabled Rugged Tablets Streamline Road Construction Projects

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-Surveying2With a new year ticking over, the number of crisscrossing lines for electricity, water, gas mains, and more across the nation has never been higher. Roadway designers and construction managers can utilize rugged tablets with GNSS modules to accurately track and avoid existing infrastructure, allowing for less chance of utility disruption due to an accidental line break during excavation or road laying.

Department of Transportation officials in many states face the challenge of repairing, replacing, and expanding existing roadways or making way for new highways and bridges. Knowing precisely where every line is can prevent costly delays and interrupted service for thousands of people, bringing in road construction projects on time, on budget, and with a streamlined process that is beneficial to everyone in the vicinity.

GNSS rugged tablets provide the ability for highly accurate mapping and checking in the field to allow road plans to be made, revised, and finalized in the field, with instant updates to all copies of every file and map, from the architect’s office to the project manger’s device.

The tablets have a dual frequency GNSS module built-in, providing stand-alone sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy thanks to connectivity with Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites.

Each tablet is also compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications, and capable of bringing together the advanced workflow from initial data capture to confirmed, accurate positioning and device syncing for final data transmission.

This avenue for high-accuracy geospatial measurements has been a game changer for state workers, since the tablets enable them to save time, reduce costs and improve the accuracy of projects. Every physical aspect of the job can be improved through ‘digital-as constructed’ measurements, which deliver precise results for faster completion and less chance of accidents on site.

Furthermore, GNSS enabled rugged tablets also provide road construction vendors and state officials with a contract verification system. The highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements are delivered immediately and stored forever. This results in a streamlined process for billing, since there is no need for disputes or independent re-measurement checks if billing discrepancies appear at the end of a project. The data on file can be referred to and quickly settle any issues.

States can also take advantage of GNSS tablets for other engineering projects, forest fire control, wetland projects, biology and geology initiatives, and more.