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IoT and Using Wearable Devices as Evidence in Criminal Cases

Vlad Vakser Vlad Vakser | June 20, 2018 | 3 min

The technology we use on a daily basis is constantly evolving. Everywhere you look, there’s a new way to connect with your loved ones, track your habits or manage your daily tasks. One of the latest advancements that is helping people learn more and solve problems is the healthcare software development. Doctors and other medical professionals are gaining more access to devices that can help them better support and treat their patients.

In other industries, new technology is connecting people and things in the ways they never could before. This article shows how The Internet of Things is changing the way investigators perform their work and how wearable devices are being used as legitimate court evidence.

What Is The Internet of Things?

“The Internet of Things” refers to the connection between multiple electronic devices through a WiFi signal. Anything that can be plugged in and turned on has the possibility of being a part of The Internet of Things (IoT). Its purpose is to connect people to things as well as things to other things.

For instance, IoT can connect your mobile device to your home alarm system, your coffee maker to your morning alarm or your GPS to your car. Its possibilities are endless, therefore, there is an increasing number of advancements in technology that leads certain industries to new improvements in how they do their work.IoT

How Wearable Devices Are Changing Detective Work?

Wearable devices (like a FitBit) start to emerging more and more in criminal investigations showing that technology has a lot more power and use than we thought.

A FitBit Helped Solve a Homicide Case

For instance, one man was accused of murdering his wife. He claimed that a man broke into their home and shot his wife. However, after investigating the data on the victim’s FitBit, a wearable fitness tracker meant to record exercise data, the court found that her husband was actually guilty, based on the steps she took before her death.

Another FitBit Helped a Court Discover Fraudulent Claims

In another instance, a woman claimed that while she was sleeping, she was pulled out of bed and raped. However, while studying the data on her wearable device, investigators had discovered that the accuser was, in fact, lying. The data showed that the woman was awake and walking around on the night in question.Wearable Devices

What Does This Mean?

The scenarios above show that a small wearable device like a FitBit can provide a lot more value than initially intended. They can be a great tool for tracking fitness habits and improving your wellbeing. There is also immense value in the wearable devices as evidence in criminal cases. Now, imagine what this type of technology can do to help solve health-related issues.

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The Future of Healthcare Software Development

The development of clinical software like wearable devices can help in advancing our society. It can facilitate doctors to diagnose difficult cases and introduce police and jury to life-altering evidence.

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