Mobile Device Data Extraction Systems Assessment Report

Executive Summary

In June 2011, the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program conducted an assessment of currently available mobile device data extraction systems, herein referred to as data extraction systems, based on criteria established by a focus group of emergency responders.

Data extraction systems extract information such as contact lists, call logs, and text messages from mobile devices—cell phones, smart phones, Global Positioning System (GPS)-based navigation devices, and tablet computers.

Based on product selection criteria established by a focus group held in December 2010, the following four data extraction systems were assessed:

Vendor Product

Cellebrite

UFED® Ruggedized Kit with Physical Pro Upgrade

Logicube

CellDEK®

Paraben

Deployable Device Seizure Mobile Kit

Susteen

Secure View 3

Emergency responders familiar with data extraction systems evaluated each system using step-by-step procedures. The data extraction systems were used on mobile phones, smart phones, and a GPS-based navigation device. For each product, the evaluators rated evaluation criteria on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being least favorable and 5 being most favorable. Without endorsing any particular data extraction system, this document reports the overall assessment scores, average criteria ratings, and evaluator feedback for the assessed systems.

The Cellebrite UFED Ruggedized Kit with Physical Pro Upgrade received an overall score of 4.3. Evaluator feedback highlighted the easy-to-view reports, multiple connectivity options, an easy-to-use graphical user interface, and a warranty that covers the entire product, including cables. The Susteen Secure View 3 received an overall score of 4.0. The evaluators commented that the Secure View 3 was easy to use, its clearly marked color cables were simple to find, and it produced well-organized reports. The Paraben Deployable Device Seizure Mobile Kit received an overall score of 3.4. Evaluator feedback highlighted the system’s variety of card readers and low recurring costs. The Logicube CellDEK received an overall score of 2.7. Evaluator feedback highlighted the system’s built-in card reader and easy-to-read reports.

Evaluators agreed that all four systems had strengths and most importantly, multiple systems would be necessary to have a complete mobile device data extraction capability.

The overall results of the assessment are highlighted in the following table:

Assessment Results

Mobile Device Data Extraction Systems Assessment Results Chart

Criteria Ratings

Mobile Device Data Extraction Systems Criteria Ratings Chart

 

Full Review

Emergency responder agencies that consider purchasing data extraction systems should carefully consider each product’s overall capabilities and limitations in relation to their agency’s operational needs. For a full report including assessment methodology, see the full report.