This blog covers iPhone applications that every investigator should consider having available to them. Some of these applications have been untested by myself but only because I have not had a need for the applications at the moment. I am sure many of you will have a need for these applications.
The first application that I am pretty excited to share is called GPS by TeleNav. This is a free application that works just like a Garmin GPS or a Magellan GPS. To be honest I was a bit upset to find this application, as I purchased a GPS several years ago for over $300. I have used this device and it works quite well. This app gives voice turn by turn directions which are pretty impressive. There are other GPS apps on the market as you will see by searching for GPS on your iPhone.
Do you ever wish you could know when the police were being called on you during surveillance? Well that is now possible with 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite. This is a free application that works very well in my opinion. After picking the feed you want to hear, you can continue running other apps on your iPhone. The delay is listed as being between 1 and 3 seconds.
If you need to search court information, PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is now available on the iPhone through the FedCtRecords application. You are able to search attorney information, party information, deadlines, hearings, case summaries and dockets. You must sign up first through the Pacer website. There are small fees associated to the searches. More information on Pacer can be located at http://www.pacer.gov/.
TLO from TLO.com has their own app on the iPhone. Based off of the sample pictures it appears as if you can search vehicles, boats, phone numbers, emails, people and property. I use IRB Search but have thought of making a switch over to TLO because of this app. Definitely worth having this app if you already use the TLO service.
Wi-Fi Finder by Jiwire Inc. is a great app to have when you need an internet connection for your computer. This app will give you all the locations with Wi-Fi in your area that is free and paid. You can filter options by venue or provider. There are similar applications available, but this is the one I have used which is free and happens to have the highest rating.
Facebook by Facebook, Inc. is a must have app for a private investigator. Every investigator should have access to this resource for identifying individuals.
Find My Friends by Apple is a great application for parents, Agency owners, or just about anyone. Essentially this application tracks via gps, the location of the friends you have listed with the same application. Agency owners could friend their employees and see their locations during the work day to make sure they are where they say they are. This application actually helped a husband determine his wife was cheating on him. This can be located at http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/iphone-app-find-friends-finds-cheating-wife-apple/story?id=14753196#.Twp2qtS0x2C
I hope you check out these applications on the iPhone. My next iPhone blog will be honorable mention apps that everyone should have. If you would like to learn more subscribe to my blog