Law Enforcement Solved Unified Situational Awareness with TAK
Unified Situational Awareness
Many applications exist which take advantage of smartphones for BFT, but very few of them can communicate with each other. The lack of interoperability between disparate tools presently allows for scenarios where dangerous blue on blue or blue on green contact could occur. By using a central hub (in this case TAK Server), all SA data has a single focal point ensuring uniformity.
FBI Hosted Resources
By hosting the TAK Server service and providing federal, state and local public safety agencies with free access to this suite of interoperable COP products, the FBI is removing the cost of entry for use of a powerful SA toolkit. With no cost of entry; mission planning, situational awareness, and real time interoperability between all levels of first responders is achievable resulting in superior officer safety, as well as enhanced command, control, and communications. Ultimately, this ensures a safer and better response to critical events.
Contact the FBI TAK program at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As of 10/01/2021, all non-US requests for FBI hosting must be coordinated with the local legal attaché office.
DHS TAK Program
Over the past five years, DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has successfully leveraged this system to support federal agency response during natural disasters and coordinated operations. TAK clients use the native communications built into the hardware (e.g. cellular, wi-fi, etc.) to pass data across an existing network to the TAK server (and onto other devices with TAK clients). ATAK supports a "plug-in" architecture, which allows non-native communications provided by external communications devices (e.g. SATCOM, MANET, etc.), to interface with ATAK and pass data across the networks created by those external communication devices. This allows ATAK to be used with technologies which solve many of the current "comms" issues encountered by end users.
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ATAK Plugins →
In computing, a plug-in is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization. The ATAK open Application Programming Interface (API) facilitates plugin development that interacts with the underlying core application, i.e., the mapping application, as well as with the ATAK and Android tools. Plugins allow for enhanced capabilities for specific mission sets (Direct Action, Combat Advising, Law Enforcement, Protection Operations, Border Security, Disaster Response).
The Windows Tactical Assault Kit (WinTAK) is a software application and mapping framework for Windows devices. WinTAK has been designed and developed to run on Windows operating system both in a tactical environment and in a Command and Control environment. The WinTAK software application is an extensible moving map display that integrates imagery, map and overlay information to provide enhanced collaboration and Situational Awareness (SA) over a tactical meshed network.
The WinTAK-CIV feature set is similar to ATAK-CIV’s, having been developed to run on Windows PCs and Windows Surface devices. WinTAK-CIV is made available to support the principles of civil authority emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation and recovery. The WinTAK user experience is consistent with Microsoft applications while maintaining the look and feel of ATAK. Unlike ATAK, WinTAK supports multiple instances of a tool, such as a video player, thereby increasing utility for incident command and operation centers.