The University of Mittweida is the coordinator of the consortium of this 3-year pan-European initiative.

The FORMOBILE consortium includes nineteen institutions, from thirteen European states, and two associated countries.

What is the FORMOBILE Project?

FORMOBILE is a research and innovation action addressing the pillar “Societal Challenges” of the Horizon 2020 framework programme funding research, technological development and innovation.

The project addresses the topic “Technologies to enhance the fight against crime and terrorism”. More specifically, FORMOBILE responds to the subtopic “Digital forensics in the context of criminal investigations”, with the call identifier: SU-FCT02-2018-2019-2020.

Why is this necessary?

Mobile phones pose a unique challenge for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), due to the volume and variants in circulation. They are also analysed differently to other devices such as PCs and Laptops; meaning the investigation requires a separate process.

Criminals are using mobile phones to communicate, coordinate, organise and execute illegal activities. It is imperative LEAs have ways to; access, decode and use the data as evidence - in a safe, trustworthy and reliable manner.

What will FORMOBILE achieve?

During the next three years, the FORMOBILE consortium will collaborate to bring together an end-to-end forensic investigation chain for mobile devices.

Three specific objectives make up the main goal.


1. Tools

Advanced, innovative tools and software for the successful acquisition, recovery, analysis and visualisation of data.


2. Standard

Phone to Court. A best practice, standardised process for the mobile phone forensic chain.


3. Training

Giving Law Enforcement Agencies the necessary training to effectively use the new tools and successfully follow the standardised procedures.


The introduction of the tools, supported by the standardised processes and relevant training, means LEAs will have improved investigative capabilities. Using solutions and methods that did not previously exist, it will be feasible for them to recover evidence from encrypted mobile phones, and data stored in cloud services. In addition to incorporating knowledge about cloned phones and anti-forensic methods into the forensic investigation process.

How will work be Completed?

Separate work packages reflecting the analysis chain used by security practitioners that examine mobile evidence, form the structure of the project.

The forensic investigation chain is broken into three steps: acquisition, decoding and analysis of data.

The consortium will complete the work packages in a systematic method. A collaborative and communicative approach will be used throughout to ensure that the knowledge and experience are available to each member of the FORMOBILE consortium.

Who benefits?

Security Practitioners - The new tools, standard and training will make your work easier.

EU Researchers - Will gain access and insight into the latest information and techniques in the mobile forensic industry.

EU Citizens - The main driving force behind this project is to keep Europe a safe and enjoyable place to live for all citizens.

How to stay informed?

The communication and dissemination team for the FORMOBILE project will provide regular updates about the progress of the work. Newsletters, leaflets & brochures, press releases and scientific publications will be produced. In addition to the formal project updates, the team will make relevant updates to the social media platforms, LinkedIn and Twitter. (Follow the links to follow us)

FORMOBILE promises to be an exciting project, which will bring numerous valuable results - we will keep you updated each step of the way.