Mapping dangers in real time for wildfire crews
Even with wildfires growing more intense each season, overtaxed firefighting crews still depend on 1950s technology like walkie talkies to stay connected. The Team Awareness Kit app, which became widely available on the Google Play Store this past summer, piggybacks off of GPS on Android phones to help first responders track team members without relying on cellular networks that sometimes cut out in the field. First used by firefighters at Grizzly Creek this August, the app has both online and offline maps, and lets users mark and share their locations, files, photos, and videos while also communicating via chat or livestream. The Colorado Center of Excellence is now working with the US Forest Service to develop a national real-time database for wildfires through the app.
ATAK Standard SDK is now available for download here.
The atak-civ-sdk.zip contains SDK APK, the JAR file you compile against, the plugin template and the "getting started" docs provided with the Standard SDK.
ATAK-CIV (Civil Use) APK is now available.
ATAK-CIV is the least restricted version of TAK and is made available to support virtually any individual or organization with a requirement to display Position Location Information (PLI). ATAK-CIV is subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which advises this item is classified as EAR99 (CJ0001904 & CJ0002108-CJ0002135). ATAK-CIV is not authorized for release to an embargoed or sanctioned country, to a party of concern, or in support of a prohibited end use.
What is VTAK?
Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) is a geospatial mapping engine, originally developed for the Android Operating System, which allows for precision targeting, surrounding land formation intelligence, situational awareness, navigation, and data sharing. TAK serves as a common user interface for basic position location information yet provides a basis for hosting various user enabling tools for an enhanced user experience. TAK can function as a standalone situational awareness tool or incorporated through various tactical and commercial networks.
TAK is under continuous development as a Program of Record by the US Special Operation Command and partner Government laboratories to include the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. TAK enables users to navigate using GPS associated with National Geospatial Agency or Commercial map data overlayed with real-time situational awareness of ongoing events and representing the surrounding area using military standard MIL-STD-2525B symbology for iconography or other user defined standards while incorporating the Cursor on Target data format standard for communication and data dissemination.