National Guard Rolls TAK for COVID-19

The Army posted an article about the TAK Product Center Center’s support for the National Guard’s roll out of TAK for use in their COVID-19 response. There are several nuggets in here that haven’t previously seen print. Highlights: TAK noow has a TAK Product Center in Army Futures Command, under Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) This fielding is for 2,000 …

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Colorado uses TAK to innovate on wildfires

This entire article from the Denver Business Journal is worth a read: This year, the Center of Excellence debuted the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), a geospatial mapping engine that facilitates situational awareness, navigation and data sharing among firefighters. As most fires occur miles away from reliable internet access, ATAK provides emergency personnel with smartphones and antennas to create a …

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CA Fire, CA National Guard Leverage TAK for Emergency Response

From DVIDS: MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. –The 163d Attack Wing’s Hap Arnold Innovation Center (HAIC) has turned California wildfires into a crucible of American ingenuity. The brainstorming center of the California Air National Guard wing, which flies MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) from March Air Reserve Base, enabled technology forged in combat theatres to work for fighting wildfires …

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Colorado developing drone system with TAK

Wildfire Today reports that the state of Colorado is integrating drones with ATAK (“The Holy Grail of Wildland Firefighter Safety”) for firefighting use: The state of Colorado is working on a system that would use drones to provide live video of wildfires to wildland firefighters’ cell phones. The Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting is beta testing a DVI Mavic …

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Western States Leveraging TAK for Wildfires

From StateScoop: “A lot of times you get in the woods and you’re not always sure where you are or where the fire is,” said Ben Miller, the director of the Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting , a division of the state Department of Public Safety that develops new tools for combatting [sic] wildfires. The drone flights in …

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