The FAACTS is a three-part system that facilitates and increases communications, coordination, situational awareness and more effective task execution on an All Hazards scene. More importantly, it provides internet-based information to enhance situational awareness and provide real-time correspondence.

RoGo is developing a patented integrated satellite communications system incorporating GPS-enabled, satellite communications tablets/phones, transceivers and portable GPS receivers/transmitters (Dropballs). This solution will be a fully integrated end to end solution for remote wildfire deployment.

The FAACTS system is protected by three individual U.S. Utility Patents that cover the satellite-based communications system (patent # 14/518,571), the GPS Dropballs (patent # 14/518,592), and the Touch Screen Position Calling feature (patent # 14/518,605).

The first vital component of the system is a ruggedized, waterproof and shockproof touch-screen tablet to replace the VHF radio...
The FAACTS is a three-part system that facilitates and increases communications, coordination, situational awareness and more effective task execution on an All Hazards scene. More importantly, it provides internet-based information to enhance situational awareness and provide real-time correspondence.

RoGo is developing a patented integrated satellite communications system incorporating GPS-enabled, satellite communications tablets/phones, transceivers and portable GPS receivers/transmitters (Dropballs). This solution will be a fully integrated end to end solution for remote wildfire deployment.

The FAACTS system is protected by three individual U.S. Utility Patents that cover the satellite-based communications system (patent # 14/518,571), the GPS Dropballs (patent # 14/518,592), and the Touch Screen Position Calling feature (patent # 14/518,605).

The first vital component of the system is a ruggedized, waterproof and shockproof touch-screen tablet to replace the VHF radios for peer-to-peer communications. The FAACTS maintains an Internet-connection via low-earth-orbiting satellites. The FAACTS will automatically upload the exact GPS position of each crew leader and each piece of equipment on scene to a map on the IC’s field computer and to the mobile tablet device of each crew leader in real-time. Targeted communications to specific crew or equipment leaders will be delivered through a bi-directional text messaging system from the IC directly.

The FAACTS platform will use Rhodium Incident Management software from our award-winning partner, Incident Response Technologies and TabletCommand's Software Platform. Integrated mapping software will be provided by Avenza Maps, and supplemented with information from NIFC’s software platforms, Fire Globe which provides imagery, terrain and base maps in 3D, and SituationAnalyst (SA) software, which is a tactical decision support tool. It can also integrate with RisC software, which is a data analytics platform for wild land fire decision makers.

The second component of the FAACTS system is RoGo's GPS "Dropballs". Dropballs are portable, field deployable GPS receivers/transmitters that relay their position and vector heading to those with a need to know including Incident Command, crew leaders, helicopter and slurry tanker aircraft.

The third vital component is a feature on the touch-screen tablet which replaces VHF radios for peer-to-peer communications.
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