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Situational Awareness System

Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite

Simple, reliable situational awareness platform designed for firefighters.



Fotokite 2020


Live stream and document mission-critical aerial views of the scene with total operational freedom. The Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite tethers to and integrates with the fire apparatus - so there's no need for a piloting license* or certificate of authorization and no battery life limitations to work around.

With fully autonomous flight, this system does not take away valuable team resources to pilot during an operation and can be taught to any member of a team within a day of training. Control wirelessly inside/outside the truck via tablet or PC. A single button-push rapidly deploys the unit while a backup battery and controlled descent features protect the system from ground power interruptions. Leverage the video stream for thermal surveillance, live transmission to in-transit responders, scene documentation and critical training.

*Requires adherence to FAA facility maps; not to be flown above non-participating persons; operated within visual sight of operator; and operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any other aircraft.



Body Material

Carbon fiber & advanced composites

Dimensions & Weight

Flight Unit: 19.5" x 14" x 4", 2.7 lb

Flight Unit & Ground Station: 20" x 14" x 9", 19.8 lb

FAA Compliant

No piloting necessary; fully autonomous launching, flight & landing

Flight Control

Fotokite Autopilot with no GPS dependency

LTE Modem Option

Stream live video remotely for mutual aid & remote collaboration


Vehicle installation (slide-out tray or rooftop enclosure) and standalone rugged case package configurations available

(6) 8.3", foldable & field replaceable
(6) Fotokite 3350 Propulsion System

Secure video streaming & control link to the ground station via tether cable


Over-the-air firmware upgrades with auto flight log & service documentation


Reinforced load rated ultra-thin cable


1-yr / 200 flight hrs



Thermal stream resolution of 320x256/30fps with 5x EO digital zoom at 720p/30fps

Flight Time

24 hours continuous (as long as truck is running or plugged into shore power)

Log Storage

24 hr capacity, optional single button-push upload to cloud account at the station

Power Source
110 - 230, 50-60 Hz VAC or 12 VDC configurations

Max height of 150’ from base station


Ethernet + WPA2 encrypted WiFi access point for live video streaming

Weather Rating

IP55, ready to operate in rain, snow and wind

Temperature Range

14°F to 120°F


Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite Software Tablet Interface
Fotokite Live Software
  • Launch, control, record and land with a single push of a button.
  • Autopilot system. No human piloting necessary.
  • One-button height control and swipe-to-center camera view control.
  • Dual simultaneous video streams.
  • WPA2 Encrypted Wi-Fi access point for live video streaming.
  • 24 hours of video and flight log storage capacity.

Fotokite Edge Software
Collaborate on-site with other response team members with real time video stream access, annotation and sharing capabilities.