At the June 2019 release the Cell Phone Analysis tools and workflows will be incorporated into Crime Analysis solution and this item will move to mature support.


Cell Phone Analysis is a configuration of ArcMap that can be used by law enforcement agencies during investigations and court cases to analyze cell tower information and call detail records acquired from wireless service providers.

Cell Phone Analysis can be used to locate cell tower sites and determine the antenna azimuth, sectors, and beam width; associate call detail records for a given cellular handset with a given set of towers; determine which tower and sector a specific cellular number passed through; and identify the frequency of calls on any given tower and sector.


Cell Phone Analysis requires specific software.

Requirement Description
  • ArcMap 10.4 - 10.6

What you get

When you download Cell Phone Analysis, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
Application Calls.xls A spreadsheet template for call data records (CDR) provided by the wireless carrier.
Sites.xls A spreadsheet template for cell tower information provided by the wireless carrier.
MapsandGeodatabase Call Sites.lyr A layer file containing the call sites symbology.
Call Sectors.lyr A layer file containing the call sectors symbology.
Call Antenna Azimuth.lyr A layer file containing the call antenna azimuth symbology.
Call Summary.lyr A layer file containing the call summary symbology.
CellPhoneAnalysis.mxd A map document used to analyze cell phone data.
LocalGovernment.tbx A toolbox with tools used to create cell phone data.
Sample.gdb A sample geodatabase with data that represents the results from the geoprocessing tools.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Cell Phone Analysis.

Date Description
June 2018
  • The most recent Local Government toolbox
January 2018
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.6
January 2017
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.5
February 2016
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.4
  • The most recent Local Government toolbox
July 2015
  • A resolution to a bug where the mxd sites layer output was inconsistent with tool output (BUG-000088470).
December 2014
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.3
  • Most recent Local Government toolbox
June 2014
  • Most recent Local Government toolbox
December 2013
  • Most recent Local Government toolbox.
  • A resolution to a bug preventing the Create Cell Sites Features tool from processing spreadsheets with fewer than 10 cell sectors.
  • A renamed Cell Tower Sector parameter to Cell Site Sector in the Relate Calls to Sites tool to ensure alignment with cellular provider terminology for cell site selection.

Get started with Cell Phone Analysis

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