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Improving situation awareness with the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK)
Author(s): Kyle Usbeck; Matthew Gillen; Joseph Loyall; Andrew Gronosky; Joshua Sterling; Ralph Kohler; Kelly Hanlon; Andrew Scally; Richard Newkirk; David Canestrare
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Paper Abstract

To make appropriate, timely decisions in the field, Situational Awareness (SA) needs to be conveyed in a decentralized manner to the users at the edge of the network as well as at operations centers. Sharing real-time SA efficiently between command centers and operational troops poses many challenges, including handling heterogeneous and dynamic networks, resource constraints, and varying needs for the collection, dissemination, and display of information, as well as recording that information.

A mapping application that allows teams to share relevant geospatial information efficiently and to communicate effectively with one another and command centers has wide applicability to many vertical markets across the Department of Defense, as well as a wide variety of federal, state local, and non-profit agencies that need to share locations, text, photos, and video.

This paper describes the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), an advanced, distributed tool for commercial- off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. ATAK provides a variety of useful SA functions for soldiers, law enforcement, homeland defense, and civilian collaborative use; including mapping and navigation, range and bearing, text chat, force tracking, geospatial markup tools, image and file sharing, video playback, site surveys, and many others. This paper describes ATAK, the SA tools that ATAK has built-in, and the ways it is being used by a variety of military, homeland security, and law enforcement users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2015
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 9456, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement XIV, 94560R (23 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180014
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Kyle Usbeck, BBN Technologies (United States)
Matthew Gillen, BBN Technologies (United States)
Joseph Loyall, BBN Technologies (United States)
Andrew Gronosky, BBN Technologies (United States)
Joshua Sterling, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Ralph Kohler, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Kelly Hanlon, WinTec Arrowmaker, Inc. (United States)
Andrew Scally, WinTec Arrowmaker, Inc. (United States)
Richard Newkirk, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
David Canestrare, Air Force Research Labs (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9456:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement XIV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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