The Fotokite Sigma. A Situational Awareness System for First Responders.

Focus on your mission. Drastically improve your team's situational awareness. The Fotokite Sigma allows you to gain an impressive, unobstructed overview of any incident in an instant. Live stream and document mission-critical aerial views with total operational freedom.
Rooftop box configuration of a tethered drone with the command tablet alongside it

The Fotokite Sigma consists of the Ground Station and the Kite. A tablet or computer runs the Fotokite Live App which shows the real-time thermal and low-light video streams, giving teams actionable information throughout their mission safely and reliably; no piloting necessary.

How does the Fotokite Sigma work?
Deployment

The Fotokite Sigma is ready to deploy the instant you arrive on scene. A hands-free, automatic launch sequence is available at the push of a button.

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Your Fotokite rugged tablet automatically connects and begins displaying aerial intelligence in real-time. Orient your camera view or deployment height with simple swiping gestures.

Elevated situational awareness

The intelligence provided from simple and persistent aerial overviews will help you with the information you need when you need it the most.

How can Fotokite help?
The Fotokite Sigma is deployed and used daily by a variety of public safety departments in real-world missions. Key advantages that this situational awareness system provides are added safety to your team, added efficiency in your response with team resource savings, and simplicity of deployment without the same safety problems and regulatory hurdles as traditional drones.
forest fire assessment with tethered drone
How can Fotokite improve your mission?
The Fotokite Sigma is purpose-built to meet the needs of public safety teams in everyday missions. Every system is delivered with the following features engineered to improve your safety critical missions without added complexity:
Safe and Simple Situational Awareness
Deployed with the single push of a button, Fotokite Sigma doesn't require any setup time, calibration, or piloting. Within seconds, you and your team will be able to access aerial overviews of your incident scene up to heights of 45m/150ft with the safety and reliability that public safety teams demand.
aerial caption from the tethered drone of the scene of the road accident
Deployed with the single push of a button, Fotokite Sigma doesn't require any setup time, calibration, or piloting. Within seconds, you and your team will be able to access aerial overviews of your incident scene up to heights of 45m/150ft with the safety and reliability that public safety teams demand.
Technical Highlights
24h Operation
Max Flight Height of 45m / 150ft
Ultrathin Tether Cable
Thermal / RGB Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilization
1.2kg Carbon Fibre Frame
Close up detail of the tethered drone propeller
IP55 Rated
Designed for performance and reliability in any conditions. Fotokite Sigma is IP55 rated and ready to operate when you need it, including rainy, snowy and windy weather conditions.
Designed for performance and reliability in any conditions. Fotokite Sigma is IP55 rated and ready to operate when you need it, including rainy, snowy and windy weather conditions.
Configurations
Fotokite Sigma situational awareness system is available in 3 different configurations
Rooftop Box
Built directly into the roof rack of light or heavy Public Safety vehicles, Fotokite provides the first practical daily-use tool for aerial intelligence.
first responder vehicle equipped with tethered drone
Built directly into the roof rack of light or heavy Public Safety vehicles, Fotokite provides the first practical daily-use tool for aerial intelligence.
Field Tested. Firefighter Approved.
Fotokite is proud to partner with Pierce Manufacturing to provide U.S. Firefighters with the Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite. Based on the Fotokite Sigma, Pierce Fotokites are being used in major fire departments across the U.S. and continue to help firefighters in their mission to save lives and preserve property on a daily basis.
Specifications
Flight Time

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

Warranty

1-year / 200 flight hours, with optional extended warranty available

Servicing

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

Log Storage

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

Kite

1.2kg (2.6lbs) take-off weight, weather sealed carbon fiber & advanced composites

Cameras

Thermal stream resolution of 320×256/30fps plus an RGB stream resolution of 720p/30fps, 3.4MP 1/3” CMOS Sensor with 3.6mm low distortion lens

Ground Station

9kg (19.85lbs), single carry transport case configuration size: 504 x 352 x 230 mm (19.85 x 13.85 x 9.05 in)

Weather Rating

-10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F), IP55, ready to operate in rain, snow, & wind

Range

Max height of 45m (150ft) from the Ground Station

Tether

Reinforced load rated ultrathin cable

LTE Modem & Video Streaming

Ethernet + WPA2 encrypted WiFi access point for live video streaming, plus integrated LTE Modem to stream live video remotely for mutual aid and remote incident command

Safety & Regulations Compliant

No piloting necessary; fully autonomous launching, flight, and landing

Security

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

Flight Control

Fotokite Autopilot with no GPS dependency

System Reliability

Auto pre-flight system checks, single-motor failure redundancy, controlled descent, backup flight power system for up to 120 seconds, backup ground station power system for control & recovery in power blackouts, redundant flight control, tether separation detection, automatic maintenance alerts

Would you like to know more?
Get in touch with our team to learn more about the product and its various applications