CSI On Your Smartphone!
- GPS coordinates in decimal format
- Time/Date stamp using NTP (national time protocol) in UTC format. If NTP servers are unavailable, the device's time/date will be used and will be signified using an asterisk * next to the time.
- Street Address, City, State Zip (street address can be turned off for open fields)
- Left-aligned user-defined text with prefixes of #, File #, Case #, Report #, Project #, Subject:, Victim:, Suspect:, and Witness:.
- Right-aligned user-defined text.
*Agencies can request a personalized footer or left-aligned prefix text for a $249 fee.
EvidenceCam does not use the device's time or time zone so that users cannot alter the date of their device to change the timestamp on the photo. The ability to alter the time creates a significant issue regarding evidentiary integrity. Though some users may not use this app for evidentiary purposes and only need a basic timestamp, the intended use of the app is for evidentiary purposes.
EvidenceCam uses NTP (national time protocol), which uses the UTC international time standard. Due to the irregularity of the earth and the sun's movements, the exact time needs to be modified occasionally through the use of leap seconds. UTC provides this precise accuracy of time. UTC is based on zero degrees longitude and passes through the Greenwich Observatory so that atomic time is utilizes and leap seconds are added to the clock every so often. UTC was used beginning in the mid-twentieth century but became the official standard of world time on January 1, 1972.
UTC is 24-hour time, which begins at 0:00 at midnight. 12:00 is noon, 13:00 is 1 p.m., 14:00 is 2 p.m. and so on until 23:59, which is 11:59 p.m.
Because UTC time is indicated on the photo, users need to add/subtract their time zone difference to determine local time. Users can find their time zone difference here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/difference.html
Obviously, it would not be fair to have the timestamp permanently maintain a specific time zone, like EST - others users in different time zones would not take kindly to this. UTC is the only time zone universally accepted around the World.
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