The CoE is working to provide map-based situational awareness to firefighters and other first responders when traditional Internet access is unavailable or unreliable. Much of the CoE’s work in this area has focused on the Team Awareness Kit (TAK). TAK is a geospatial mapping engine, originally developed for the Android operating system, that facilitates situational awareness, navigation, and data sharing. For more information visit our TAK page.
Updated Data Link Research:
The CoE has started on updated testing of newer generation radios for the data link project. Stay tuned for updated reports later this summer.
Air-Ground Data Link:
|The DFPC Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) provide groundbreaking capabilities in the areas of early fire detection and incident support through their advanced sensors, onboard mission sensor operators, and near real-time link with the Colorado Wildfire Information Management System (CO-WIMS). The spatial data the MMA provide on fire size, access routes, and values at risk are already changing the face of fire management in Colorado. However, the necessity of an Internet connection to access CO-WIMS prevents many firefighters operating in areas with no cellular connection from viewing products created by the MMA. This issue was identified as a priority for improving the MMA program following the 2015 fire season and the preferred solution was identified as a technology capable of sending digital information straight from the aircraft to firefighters on the ground using a line-of-sight data link.|
Completed and upcoming work includes the following: