The Tactical Assault Kit is DoD nomenclature for the Team Awareness Kit (TAK) application a mission planning geospatial Full Motion Video (FMV) and system administrator tool that reduces the operational footprint from a tactical laptop to a commercial mobile device. The geospatial engine and communications component support Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial sector standards. Extensibility of the core platform is supported by the Software Development Kit (https//takmaps.com/) which enables any partner to develop mission-specific capability or contribute to the advancement of the baseline. Data can be pre-loaded into ATAK or downloaded from the network when available.
Civil use capabilities of ATAK-CIV include
• Online and offline mapping (most standard formats) with a blazing fast rendering engine
• Support for very high-resolution imagery (sub 1 cm resolution)
• Collaborative mapping including points drawings locations of interest
• Extensive and customizable set of Icons
• Overlay Manager which allows the Import and display of KML KMZ GPX overlays maps and imagery including both online and offline sources with adjustable transparency. These overlays can be treated as Gridded Refrence Gaphics.
• Location marking sharing history
• Chat file sharing photo sharing video sharing streaming
• Navigation-walking/hiking driving also useful flying and air-ground coordination
• Elevation Tools heat maps computed contour maps viewsheds routes w/DTED SRTM including dynamic profiling
• Hashtags and Sticky tags
• Center on Self Center on other objects (e.g. another person in the network)
• Range bearing and other measurement tools
• Network-aware geofences with triggers
• "Bloodhound" destination tracking including on moving objects
• Team Emergency Beacons
• Customizable Toolbar
• Radio controls and Integration
• Photo to map capability (aka Rubber Sheeting)
• Casualty evacuation tool
• Icon support for a wide variety of First Responder missions with further extensible Icons
• 3D perspective and ability to display 3D geospatial models
• Useful for First Responders Hunting fishing ornithology wildlife site survey
• ATAK-CIV is open source https//github.com/deptofdefense/AndroidTacticalAssaultKit-CIV
Operating System ATAK requires Android 5.0 (API 21) or later.
Hardware ATAK does not require specific hardware and should run on any Android device that supports the other System Requirements.
Graphics ATAK requires a graphics processor that supports GLES 3.0.
Storage Memory and Processor no specific requirements for storage memory or processor- performance of the application will depend on the configuration.
Recommended for optimal experience Samsung S9 equivalent hardware or newer is used and for a tablet style device Samsung S2 equivalent or newer.
TAK CORE includes functionality that is common to all TAK applications and focuses on capabilities that can live in a cross-platform layer (simplifying the development and management of the library).
TAK CORE Features
Networking – All ATAK applications use a variety of network mediums to send situational awareness data chat messages and other file types associated with mission planning activities. The networking component of TAK CORE handles creating the appropriate message at the application level (Cursor-on-Target) manages receiving and dispatching messages and brokers communication with the TAK Server product.
Geospatial Data Processing – The TAK applications ingest geospatial imagery and overlay products for use on the moving map display.
Geospatial Data Visualization – A set of rendering utility and helper functions exist in TAK CORE to standardize the way geospatial imagery and overlays are rendered to the screen.
Geospatial Data Management – A data management capability is included in the TAK CORE to ensure that the data managed by TAK is relevant and accurate for the end user.