Drone Shield Integrates w/ ATAK

From SUAS News: DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise the market that the U.S. Department of Defense Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia has evaluated DroneShield’s products DroneSentry™ and DroneGun Tactical™ at an event facilitated by the Army Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) Unique Mission Cell (UMC). DroneShield’s successful deployment …

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Fox News: Hacking risk rises ‘exponentially’ for troops using personal devices, experts warn

This is NOT a story about ATAK, but one of its competitors. One outstanding piece of advice from this article is that you should only use software operationally that’s properly vetted an configured for your system. DO NOT use your personal device operationally — doing so is taking risks you don’t fully understand. Troops who bring their personal tablets and …

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Boeing/Insitu Interoperable w/ ATAK

From this article on Insitu (a subsidiary of Boeing) discusses its integration with ATAK during Northern California’s Camp Fire: Insitu’s suite of real-time intelligence acquisition and distribution capabilities provide live Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB)-compliant video and flight telemetry to extensible mapping engines such as the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) and the Windows Tactical Assault Kit (WinTAK).

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Saber Strike 2018 Leverages TAK

This excerpt from AFCEA’s Signal Magazine discusses TAK’s use: The squadron relied heavily on WinTAK to achieve near-instantaneous communication with the regiment, which was testing the Android Tactical Assault Kit as part of the integrated tactical network suite. A cellular data connection using Wi-Fi was the primary connection point to the network because it provided reliable communications with subordiante troops. The squadron …

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IVAS Compared to ATAK

From Breaking Defense (ATAK Ref in last paragraph). It would be great if TAK integrated with IVAS: The artificially intelligent target detection  will be part of the Integrated Vision Augmentation System (IVAS), for which Microsoft’s HoloLens won a two-year, $480 million contract earlier this week. I’ve written extensively about IVAS’s other features back when it was still called HUD 3.0. It’s essentially …

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ATAK serves Fire Fighters

From Isreali Tech news, i-HLS.Com: A technology originating in the US military sector is being tested in order to help save firefighters’ lives. The ATAK – Android Team Awareness Kit is essentially a tool that tells firefighters exactly where they are and what kind of fire they’re seeing. ATAK was developed by the US Air Force Research Lab in order …

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AF CSAF Funds Security Forces Experiment with TAK

Here: WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — When Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein asked leaders to “unleash the brilliance in our Airmen,” Air Force Materiel Command answered the call, executing more than $4.6 million in Squadron Innovation Funds in fiscal year 2018. “The ideas came from all levels of our organization. Airmen were motivated …

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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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