APRS Cursor-on-Target Gateway.
The APRS to Cursor On Target Gateway (APRSCOT) provides beyond line-of-sight blue force tracking capabilities using commercial off the shelf components. This gateway uses the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) and APRS-IS network to forward APRS position reports to Cursor On Target (COT) clients such as the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), WinTAK, et al. Other situational awareness & common operating picture platforms are supported through use of COT, such as TAKX & COPERS.
APRS Frames can also be transformed or callsigns normalized before forwarding as COT. Almost any network destination is available, including TCP & UDP Mulitcast.
Features of aprscot:
Handles APRS-IS transported APRS Frames from over-the-air or Internet-based stations.
Can transform APRS station callsign, COT Type and COT Icon for display in TAK systems.
Can run as a service (‘daemon’) on any Linux system.
Can send COT Events to any destination supported by PyTAK: TLS/SSL, TCP, UDP, UDP Multicast.
Tech Support: Email email@example.com or Signal/WhatsApp: +1-310-621-9598
This tool has been developed for the Disaster Response, Public Safety and Frontline Healthcare community. This software is currently provided at no-cost to users. Any contribution you can make to further this project’s development efforts is greatly appreciated.
The APRS to COT gateway is service started with a command-line tool called aprscot. There are three options for installing aprscot, in order preferred option they are:
Option I: Install as a Debian / Ubuntu Package:
$ wget https://github.com/ampledata/pytak/releases/latest/download/python3-pytak_latest_all.deb $ sudo apt install -f ./python3-pytak_latest_all.deb $ wget https://github.com/ampledata/aprs-python/releases/latest/download/python3-aprslib_latest_all.deb $ sudo apt install -f ./python3-aprslib_latest_all.deb $ wget https://github.com/ampledata/aprscot/releases/latest/download/python3-aprscot_latest_all.deb $ sudo apt install -f ./python3-aprscot_latest_all.deb
Option II: Install from the Python Package Index (PyPI):
$ python3 -m pip install aprscot
Option III: Install from this source tree:
$ git clone https://github.com/ampledata/aprscot.git $ cd aprscot/ $ python3 setup.py install
The aprscot program has one command-line argument:
$ aprscot -h usage: aprscot [-h] [-c CONFIG_FILE] optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -c CONFIG_FILE, --CONFIG_FILE CONFIG_FILE
You must create a configuration file, see example-config.ini in the source repository.
An example config, COT_URL is our COT destination server or client:
[aprscot] COT_URL = tcp://takserver.example.com:8088
APRS-IS Server-side Filter Commands can be used to filter incoming APRS Frames:
[aprscot] COT_URL = tcp:takserver.example.com:8088 APRSIS_FILTER = f/W6PW-10/50
PLI Transforms can be created using per-station sections. In this example, we’re overriding W2GMD-9’s COT Type & Callsign, and NB6F-2’s Callsign:
[aprscot] COT_URL = tcp:takserver.example.com:8088 [W2GMD-9] COT_TYPE = a-f-G-U-C COT_STALE = 600 COT_NAME = Medic 52 [NB6F-2] COT_NAME = Transport 2
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