Mission Success Starts with TAK
ATAK can display video either full screen or half screen, the latter giving access to the 3-D map at the same time. If the video source is a UAV, and the UAV is also publishing its own position and sensor point of interest (SPI), those can be plotted on the map. Being able to see the position of the aircraft and know where on the map the camera is looking in real time, while being able to see the video on the same screen, is a huge boost to SA.
Improve Communication & Collaboration
The two most common communications methods are voice and text-based. While several plugins exists that provide VOIP within the application, ATAK does not have any built-in support for voice communications, mostly because the communications substrate and device (e.g., smartphone) usually has a native voice capability, whether it is a military radio or commercial cellular. ATAK does include a built-in chat application for text messages. Chat is a very common application, but most solutions require a server. Since ATAK was designed to be used in networks disconnected from any infrastructure, a server-less solution was needed. ATAK implemented a multicast-based chat service that requires no server. To support a wider variety of use-cases, we then extended it to be able to use point-to-point TCP in addition to the multicast-based chat. TAK plugins are maintained to allow in-app management of many standard issue military radios.
Customize TAK for your needs
Open technology development reduces duplication, enables cost sharing, increases transparency, and encourages collaboration. The balance between autonomy and control is founded in TAK’s platform architecture, where the core components of the baselines are centrally managed, while plugins managed by a decentral, community driven methodology . Although plugin management is decentralized, partners should develop within the TAK Product Center government repositories for continuous integration, testing, validation, and accreditation.
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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.