GPS FORENSICS

NUMEROUS LINKS TO VARIOUS GPS DATA COLLECTION AND AUTO-MAPPING SOFTWARE

http://www.gpsy.com/gpsinfo/software.html

NOTE: SOFTWARE RANGES BETWEEN COMMERCIAL, SHAREWARE, AND FREEWARE.

GPSBABEL

http://www.gpsbabel.org/

GPSBABEL CONVERTS WAYPOINTS, TRACKS, AND ROUTES FROM ONE FORMAT TO ANOTHER, WHETHER THAT FORMAT IS A COMMON MAPPING FORMAT LIKE DELORME, STREETS AND TRIPS, OR EVEN A SERIAL UPLOAD OR DOWNLOAD TO A GPS UNIT SUCH AS THOSE FROM GARMIN AND MAGELLAN. BY FLATTENING THE TOWER OF BABEL THAT THE AUTHORS OF VARIOUS PROGRAMS FOR MANIPULATING GPS DATA HAVE IMPOSED UPON US, IT RETURNS TO US THE ABILITY TO FREELY MOVE OUR OWN WAYPOINT DATA BETWEEN THE PROGRAMS AND HARDWARE WE CHOOSE TO USE. IT CONTAINS EXTENSIVE DATA MANIPULATION ABILITIES MAKING IT A CONVENIENT FOR SERVER-SIDE PROCESSING OR AS THE BACKEND FOR OTHER TOOLS. IT DOES NOT CONVERT, TRANSFER, SEND, OR MANIPULATE MAPS. WE PROCESS DATA THAT MAY (OR MAY NOT BE) PLACED ON A MAP, SUCH AS WAYPOINTS, TRACKS, AND ROUTES.

QUANTUM GIS

http://qgis.org/

QUANTUM GIS (QGIS) IS A USER FRIENDLY OPEN SOURCE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) THAT RUNS ON LINUX, UNIX, MAC OSX, AND WINDOWS. QGIS SUPPORTS VECTOR, RASTER, AND DATABASE FORMATS. QGIS IS LICENSED UNDER THE GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE. QGIS LETS YOU BROWSE AND CREATE MAP DATA ON YOUR COMPUTER. IT SUPPORTS MANY COMMON SPATIAL DATA FORMATS (E.G. ESRI SHAPEFILE, GEOTIFF). QGIS SUPPORTS PLUGINS TO DO THINGS LIKE DISPLAY TRACKS FROM YOUR GPS.

LE PETIT POUCET

http://petit-poucet.org/spip/

LE PETIT POUCET (AKA TOM THUMB) IS FREE SOFTWARE TO DISPLAY AND EDIT GPS ROUTES AND TRACKS IN A 3D SCENE. LE PETIT POUCET IS TARGETED AT EXPLORERS, DISCOVERERS AND TREKKERS OF THIS WORLD: ROAD AND MOUNTAIN BIKERS, SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS, MOUNTAINEERS, GLIDERS, SCUBA DIVERS, GEO-CACHERS. LE PETIT POUCET WILL PROVIDE ALL THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO PREPARE OUTINGS AND ANALYZE LOGS, TO EXCHANGE OR PRESENT TRACKS AND ROUTES:

  • 3D RENDERING OF THE TRACK, MAPS AND TERRAIN.
  • TOPO-GUIDES
  • TRACK, ROUTE AND WAYPOINT LIBRARY
  • COMMUNITY EXCHANGE
  • GEO-REFERENCED PHOTO ALBUMS

GPSDRIVE

http://www.gpsdrive.de/

GPSDRIVE IS A CAR (BIKE, SHIP, PLANE) NAVIGATION SYSTEM. GPSDRIVE DISPLAYS YOUR POSITION PROVIDED FROM YOUR NMEA CAPABLE GPS RECEIVER ON A ZOOMABLE MAP, THE MAP FILE IS AUTOSELECTED DEPENDING OF THE POSITION AND PREFERED SCALE. SPEECH OUTPUT IS SUPPORTED IF THE "FESTIVAL" SOFTWARE IS RUNNING. THE MAPS ARE AUTOSELECTED FOR BEST RESOLUTION DEPENDING OF YOUR POSITION AND CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM INTERNET. ALL GARMIN GPS REVEIVER WITH A SERIAL OUTPUT SHOULD BE USABLE, ALSO OTHER GPS RECEIVER WHICH SUPPORTS NMEA PROTOCOL. GPSDRIVE IS WRITTEN IN C WITH USE OF THE GTK+ GRAPHIC TOOLKIT AND RUNS WITH LINUX AND FREEBSD.

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