A satellite digital communications and situational awareness layer on top of traditional radio based military communications was first deployed by the US Military during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The benefits were outstanding. It became clear that this ‘digital’ overlay would, in the future, become standard for all militaries around the world as it represented a major step change in command and control.

However, a capability that not only works but is affordable and can be sold without restrictions such as ITAR (International Trade in Arms Regulations) was required. NORTAC Defence® was founded in 2010 to develop an affordable, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), non-ITAR capability. This was achieved with the development of TITAN BY NORTAC®.

“TITAN BY NORTAC® was rated as the best-in-class available solution due to a combination of product attributes and cost” in a Frost & Sullivan Report in May 2021.

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, NORTAC Defence® is proud to be the prime provider of Iridium based tracking and messaging capabilities to Canadian Government Agencies since 2011.

  • Know where everyone is and communicate with them
  • Identify where a problem is quicker
  • Maneuver assets to deal with any threat faster
  • Coordinate air, land and sea assets better 
  • Coordinate and track logistics assets
  • Provide soldiers at the tactical level with SA 
  • Allow soldiers at the tactical level to communicate with each other
  • Enable interoperability with other agencies
  • Store data in digital format for post operational debriefings and audit


NORTAC TACTICAL Awareness Capability (NTAC) is the mobile situational awareness component of the TITAN BY NORTAC® solution. It is designed to be accessed on a tablet or laptop computer and is paired with the NORTAC WAVE® to enable global connectivity to the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform regardless of terrain or network infrastructure. C2SA is maintained globally with tactical HQ, Vehicles, Boats and Air Assets. ATAK is supported, providing satellite short burst data exchange with the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform.

NTAC software is quickly and easily loaded onto a laptop or a tablet device for vehicles, helicopters or a tactical HQ. It enables those in charge to view their immediate Area of Responsibility (AOR), or provide them with a greater field of view, by giving them more asset group access from the Platform. It is designed to be lightweight and agile, to be carried in a day sack, ops vest, or jacket pocket.

The messaging Graphical User Interface (GUI) is designed to be simple and intuitive. Offering extensive mapping functionality allowing for manual and automatic map data inputs, the client can see up to a hundred positional reports simultaneously. Custom maps and all major file formats are supported.



Mobile devices are the component of the TITAN BY NORTAC® solution for use in the field whether by soldiers on operations, or by non-military workers in challenging terrains. They can be handheld, or installed in vehicles, aircraft, or marine craft. The TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform can support 10,000+ mobile devices. Operating as an ‘Internet of Things’, the TITAN BY NORTAC® mobile devices can communicate with each other, allowing for rapid spread of communication through the network with greater accuracy than voice. These devices include:

  • Satellite Short Burst Data Devices – developed in-house, the NORTAC WAVE® is a patented device built specifically for soldiers allowing position reporting, alerting, situational awareness, nearest responder, communications with HQ, communications with other assets.
  • LTE Networks – ios and Android Smart Phones are integrated into the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform providing a seamless and secure interface and allowing interoperability with satellite devices.
  • RADIOS – NORTAC HERMES allows HF and MANET radios to be viewed on the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform
  • UAVs – integration of Satellite Short Burst Data boards allows Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) visibility and control of UAVs.
  • SENSORS – integration of Satellite Short Burst Data boards allows Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) visibility and control of UAVs.


The latest device by NORTAC Defence® is the NORTAC WAVE®.

The NORTAC WAVE® provides 2-way chat messaging between the device and the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform; device to asset group; and device to device. Free text, emergency alerting, predefined canned messages and group messaging are all supported.

The NORTAC WAVE® is a robust and versatile tracking and communication device. Operating on the Iridium Short Burst (SBD®) satellite network, users can message using the on-screen keyboard. Tracking uses turn by turn technology to create an accurate history of turns rather than a report that uses best fit. It has a resistive colour touchscreen for ease of use.

The NORTAC WAVE® can also display Situational Awareness information. Subscribers to this service can see up to 50 assets and their status in a grid or list view. This is a game-changer for improving safety in the field and response readiness.

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Launch of Situational Awareness on the NORTAC WAVE®

Other TITAN BY NORTAC® Mobile Devices



Transforming cellphones into tracking, encrypted messaging, and emergency alert systems is achieved on cellular devices with the NORTAC ORION™ App available for Android and iOS. By sending position reports at defined intervals to the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform, these applications enable an organization to have a complete overview of the users’ location and safety status in near-real time. The applications are integrated with the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform and allow users to connect to the Platform through Wi-Fi or Cellular communication.

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Other TITAN BY NORTAC®-Integrated Products

The dedicated team of software engineers at NORTAC Defence® have integrated numerous products to the TITAN BY NORTAC® Platform including other Iridium devices, radios, and sensors. The ever-evolving list of integrated devices gives new users the flexibility to continue using their existing stock of devices where possible. TITAN BY NORTAC® is device and bearer agnostic.

NORTAC Defence® Support and Training

NORTAC Defence’s Titan ecosystem is supported by a comprehensive range of manuals and customer portal for firmware updates and FAQ’s. In addition, NORTAC provides training tailor made to the user’s requirements that can be carried out face-to-face or via video tele-conferencing.

Support is provided by our team of experienced engineers via email and phone and a 24/7 emergency support line is also available.

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