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ATAK operator near border
Emergency Response

In my last article on The Last Mile, I looked at the unique communications challenges that exist at the northern border between the U.S. and Canada, which is increasingly important right now with the border closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s not the only border in need of

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Emergency Response

Earlier this month, in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19, the United States and Canada took the unprecedented step of shutting down the border between the two countries. While this sounds like a reasonable and rational step towards stemming the spread of a disease that has —

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Capitol Building
Emergency Response

As government agencies across the United States respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several new and existing sources of funding to support these rapidly evolving, multi-agency efforts where communications will undoubtedly play a key role.  Earlier this week, the Senate passed a new emergency funding package totaling $340 billion,

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LifeRing app in hurricane
Emergency Response

The arrival of dedicated public safety broadband networks like FirstNet means that the adoption of mobile technology can begin in earnest. Nearly 9,000 public safety agencies across the country have already signed on to FirstNet, and more than 750,000 mobile devices are now connected to these networks. With smartphones and

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hoverfly drone in air
Emergency ResponseMilitary

The Tech Spotlight Series is an interview series where we chat with experts in the technology sector about the latest in off-grid communications. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are flying high above today’s battlefields, special events, and disaster zones to provide critical situational awareness to tactical teams on the ground. But

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Rescue operation from helicopter in flood zone
Emergency Response

The past few months have been witness to a number of devastating natural disasters with no end in sight.  Australian firefighters are still battling against a “mega blaze” that has burned more than 12 million acres of land and killed over 800 millions animals. On January 7, Puerto Rico was

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defense operator with Pro X device on back
Emergency ResponseMilitary

For teams using ATAK and other apps for situational awareness, goTenna Pro and Pro X mesh networking devices are now becoming a standard part of their communications equipment load. Once paired with a smartphone or other end user device, goTenna Pro’s mesh networking technology allows teams to maintain core mobile

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Submerged car in flooded street
Emergency Response

As we’ve discussed in previous articles on The Last Mile, natural disaster and emergency response situations are not only devastating for their victims, they can be challenging for first responders. This is especially true in wildfires – which move unpredictably and quickly – and hurricanes – which are seemingly increasing

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defense operator with chest mounted ATAK app on phone
Emergency ResponseLaw EnforcementMilitaryWildland Fire

Ask the average millennial or member of Gen Z to find you something on a paper map. If you do, I hope you’re prepared to wait for a while. Millennials have been accused of killing everything from chain restaurants to the diamond industry. And I’m certainly not trying to jump

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operator holding phone and gotenna pro x with atak app
Emergency ResponseLaw EnforcementMilitaryWildland Fire

If you’ve ever served your nation as a member of the military, or served your community as a first responder, you may have heard the acronym, “ATAK.” Interestingly enough, depending on which of those communities you were a member of, that acronym could stand for something different. In the military,

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