Off-The-Grid and TAK Mission Connectivity Empower Real-Time Situational Awareness


GIS-centric telematics solutions provide real-time information to enable First Responders to collaborate when response time and safety are paramount. Join this session to learn more.

June 14, 2022


GIS-centric telematics solution provide real-time information to enable First Responders to collaborate when response time and safety are paramount. The CompassRespond System is designed as an “Off-the-Grid” solution where there is limited LMR or Cellular wireless communications available. Boone County, NC, Fire Department and CompassCom will present our portable system integrated with Esri ArcGIS maps on a ruggedized laptop customized for areas of operation.  Motorola® APX portable and Mobile radios in simplex “Talk Around” mode provide conventional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) coverage for your mission. When combined with a Motorola PDR8000 portable repeater CompassRespond is now capable of providing GPS tracking support over a larger area of operations. In this configuration the CompassRespond system becomes the ideal “last mile tracking solution” for the “off-the-grid” tactical operations.

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To provide enhanced device support for your Team Awareness Kit (TAK) missions, CompassCom is announcing the availability of our “ CompassTAK Connector”.  The TAK Server based solution is dedicated to support the “mission package” that is carried on the smart phones of operations personnel. CompassCom developed our “CompassTAK Connector” to provide the TAK server with the location data and device ID’s of the APX Series LMR. Radios and Broadband vehicle modems that are tracked by our CompassTrac system. The “CompassTAK Connector” now provides the capability to users of the ATAK, ITAK, CivTAK and WinTAK apps to view a common operational picture that displays the location of APX Radios, Smartphones and Broadband modems. Supervisory and Dispatch personnel now can monitor responder/operator location and status on the GUI that best meets their mission requirements.


  • ​Public Safety Communications Managers
  • Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement
  • Wildland Fire Management
  • FEMA
  • National Guard
  • DHS
  • DOD
  • Border Patrol
  • Department of Energy

Workflow support for:

  • Tactical Operations
  • DOD Military Base Security
  • Search & Rescue Operations
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Industrial Site Security
  • Disaster Response
  • Dignitary Security
  • Event Security
  • Hazmat Incident Response
Session Format:

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event features a virtual auditorium, with live audience Q&A, polling and audience interaction.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022
All times in US Mountain time

10:00 – 10:05am
Facilitator’s Welcome and Introduction
Facilitator: Brant Howard, CEO and Founder, CompassCom Software Corporation

Commanders are seeking coordinate solutions to support calibration between field operatives, field commanders while keeping headquarters in the know. The ability to enable command and control with a GIS centric common operational picture empowers quicker response with enhanced safety for the responders during the mission. Maintaining connectivity in wireless challenged areas is not an option when coordinating operations. Bant will share real world case studies about using CompassRespond with Motorola APX P25 portable and mobile radio with a simple “Talk Around System” or add the capability of a Portable P25 Repeater to provide enhanced conventional coverage over your “Area of Operations. First responders carry a Motorola radio that can be interoperable with TAK server to enable commanders to manage the response in real time. Smartphone and mobile radio interoperability with the CompassTAK interface enhances the TAK users experience to coordinate the right resource to meet mission requirements. See how users of the CompassCom solutions store the data from the operation to enable after action analytics and accountability.


10:05 – 10:10am
CompassRespond Introduction
Presenter: John Gallagher, National Account Manager, CompassCom Software Corporation

A brief introduction and overview of the CompassRespond product and its components.



10:10 – 10:40am

CompassRespond Provides Real-time Command and Control
Presenter: Fire Chief Jimmy Isaacs, Boone Fire Department, Boone, North Carolina

An overview and real-world case examples of the CompassRespond system in use by the Town of Boone, North Carolina. Chief Isaacs will cover the uses of CompassTrac that were outside of the norm and how this led to the Respond System. He will discuss issues that arose with the Beta version of Respond and the solutions that were implemented, and will cover operational uses of the Respond system, including radio configuration.


10:40 – 11:00am
Interoperability of Motorola APX Radio and Smartphones with TAK Empowers Command and Control
Presenter: Chad Hayes, Founder and CEO, Bryodyn Technologies LLC

An overview of Motorola APX radio and smartphones with TAK in Command-and-Control situations, from the viewpoint of a TAK – PTO PM & SME at the US Secret Service, with responsibility for designing, implementing and managing the day-to-day operations of the ATAK / iTAK / TAK Server environment as well as the Personnel Recovery environment.


11:00 – 11:15am
Audience Q&A and Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Brant Howard, CEO and Founder, CompassCom Software Corporation
Fire Chief Jimmy Isaacs, Boone Fire Department, Boone, North Carolina
Chad Hayes, Founder and CEO, Bryodyn Technologies LLC
John Gallagher, National Account Manager, CompassCom

Presenters will take live questions from the audience and discuss in a panel format.



Brant Howard
Founder and CEO, CompassCom
Brant Howard is the Founder and CEO of CompassCom Software Corporation a provider of GIS centric GNSS Tracking Systems. He is an innovator and leader of the CompassCom Team to develop and deploy tracking systems for mission critical applications. Brant has undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Geology from Indiana University. His experience includes the US Geological Survey; Camp, Dresser & McKee, and endeavors in the Remote Sensing, GPS and the electronic technology professions. Brant holds Patents in Geospatial and Mobile Resource Management technology, and has authored articles in technical journals relating to Geology, GIS, remote Sensing and Mobile Resource Management. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, and presents at seminars and conferences worldwide.

Chad Hayes
Founder and CEO, Bryodyn Technologies LLC
Chad Hayes is the Founder and CEO of Bryodyn Technologies LLC, which provides subject matter experts and certified professionals to solve the cyber and mobile paradox every enterprise and defense organizations desires. Chad is also TAK – PTO PM & SME at U.S. Secret Service, where he is responsible for designing, implementing and managing the day-to-day operations of the ATAK / iTAK / TAK Server environment as well as the Personnel Recovery environment. Chad also sits on the Schema Committee Board at EC-Council, the leading global IT and e-Business certification awarding body and the creators of the Certified Ethical Hacker (#CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT)/ Licensed Penetration Tester (Master).

James D. “Jimmy” Isaacs
Fire Chief, Town of Boone NC
Jimmy Isaacs, a 40-year veteran of the Boone (NC) Fire Department, has served as chief of the department for the past twelve years. Isaacs has also served on incident management teams as both division supervisor and structure protection specialist for the past 15 years and has been actively involved in wildland fire management since 1988.


John Gallagher
National Account Manager, CompassCom
John Gallagher joined CompassCom Software Corporation after a 32 year career at Motorola Solutions Inc. During his career he served as an Account Executive, Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Director and Vice President of North American Sales for the Motorola Information Systems Group. John also served as Director of Business Operations for Motorola PremierOne CAD group and completed his career as the National Account Manager for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of the Motorola U.S. Federal Government Markets Division.