Infotainment Forensics

Leverage Investigations is trained and certified to utilize a forensic software called iVe created by a company called Berla. We are one of the few private entities licensed in the united states that offer infotainment Forensics outside of law enforcement..

Modern vehicles generate 25gb of data PER HOUR (and that is rapidly growing). That data is generated by the car CAN BUSS system during regular vehicle operations. As well it contains data contributed by the passengers in the vehicle as they connect devices and interact with the car. Don’t confuse this with “EDR” (event data recorder) or the black box (Bosch black box) within a car.  This not a primary source for crash reconstruction.  Depending on the vehicle and system installed it however will recover data that would assist for crash reconstruction calculations. EDR data is for crash reconstruction, infotainment forensic data is for investigative purposes.

The key building blocks in this software are Identify, Acquire and Analyze data stored within vehicle systems to uncover key evidence that determines what happened, where it occurred, and who was involved

Some details..

  • Based on VIN (year, make, model, Trim) a list of potential data artifacts can usually be determined.
  • The different data types that can be acquired vary by vehicle. By proving us with a VIN and Year make model trim, we can predict what data should exist based upon manufacture’s details.
  • Just because a data type is recoverable, there is no way to predict if there is any data there to capture.  That feature may never of been used by an occupant.
  • This is a NON-DESTRUCTIVE process. (there are some limited exceptions)
  • Data download times vary dramatically between vehicle manufactures.
  • We travel to your location!

This data creates its own timeline to stand with other investigative techniques like assisting  an EDR, a Cell Phone Dump or a CDR Tower data report and also can present you with more investigative angles. Additional devices, contacts and associates, Witnesses,  other people in the car, CCTV from locations the car traveled to. This is independent and points you to other evidence, but also can match in a timeline for the rest of your investigation.  Alone it is a powerful tool to find critical details, but pair it with other forensic tools to get the most from each set of data.  As with any forensic investigations, there is not just one tool in the toolbox.

Investigative Applications.

  • Vin verification
  • Altered VIN or multiple VINS
  • Stolen vehicle investigations
  • Cloned vehicle investigations
  • Accident investigations
  • DUI cases with un attended vehicle
  • Murder
  • Odometer fraud investigations
  • Arson investigations
  • ID Theft investigations
  • Missing person
  • Narcotics investigations
  • Human trafficking investigations
  • ANY sort of investigations where a person of interest used a vehicle.
  • ANY investigations in determining where or what a vehicle was doing at a specific time
  • Any investigations where you want to identify people who were using a vehicle, or even riding in it.

What is Infotainment?

The term is a combination of information relating to the vehicle operations like location and entertainment because the core function use to be radio.  Now it had navigation, phone integration for calls and text messages.  You can even post to social media wile you drive.  If your car has a built in Wi-Fi hot spot it is also interfaced through the infotainment system.  It is the manufactured install system in which the car data and functionality is paired with the driver or occupants desire to be informed,  Know what the car is doing, and where it is.  It feeds the driver and occupant information but also entertains with radio, pods casts, phone calls and many of the social media apps that we already use on our phones.


Vehicle/System Information

  • Serial Number
  • Part Number
  • Original VIN Number from multiple sources
  • Build Number

Connected Devices

  • Phones
  • Media Players
  • USB Drives
  • SD Cards
  • Wireless Access Points

Navigation Data

  • Access Point Information
  • Tracklogs and Track points
  • Saved Locations
  • Previous Destinations  (user entered locations)
  • Active and Inactive Routes


  • Doors Opening/Closing
  • Lights On/Off
  • Bluetooth Connections
  • Wi-Fi Connections
  • Wi-Fi war driving SSID data
  • USB Connections
  • System Reboots & System resets
  • GPS Time Syncs
  • Odometer Readings
  • Gear Indications
  • Driver warnings Notifications

Device Information

  • Device IDs – Serial numbers and Mac ID addresses
  • Call logs
  • Contacts
  • SMS logs
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Images
  • Media files

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