Trotter Datavault

The DataVault is a high performance additional telemetry unit (ATU) solution. Providing data acquisition, telemetry, logging, tracking, and control.

A high-performance ATU unit for aerial firefighters

Simplifying the collection and reporting of critical ATU event data

The DataVault is a trusted ATU solution that removes the pain of manual reporting for aerial firefighters, allowing them to stay compliant with accurate reporting.

Real-time transmission of operational data

The DataVault ATU transmits location and event data to fire services in real-time, offering greater situational awareness of any operation.


Complete telemetry capture for advanced reporting

The DataVault ATU enables operators to easily comply with the increasingly strict reporting needs of authorities worldwide, including the U.S. Forest Service and NAFC. Information such as locations of start/end of drop, GPS path of drop, amount of retardant dropped, Drop Mode, Engine Start/Stop, Takeoff/Landing and more can be reliably collected and reported.


Easy installation and simple instrument interface

The DataVault ATU is easily installed into your aircraft, and once installed, offers a simple instrument interface in a busy cockpit environment.


What our customers say

“TracPlus has completely revolutionised the reporting of intelligence... It’s tracking us to and from the fire, and registers where we pick up water, and how many litres we’re picking up. Now the command centre can see how effective we are in real-time.”

DataVault features

How the DataVault can support you and your team
  • Time or distance based location tracking (pilot selectable)
  • High resolution 10Hz data logging with internal SD Card storage
  • Reporting tools for in-depth data analysis
  • Monitor user I/O with alerts
  • USB flash-drive for data transfer
  • Developed to meet and exceed NAFC / USFS reporting requirements
  • Pre-programmed bi-directional air to ground messaging (with optional message interface)
  • Pilot display of linearized tank contents, fuel level or other parameters (with message interface)
  • Outputs for control of solenoid and proportional valves / devices
  • Fully configurable for various applications

DataVault accessories

Additional DataVault accessories to boost performance
  • Milspec USB flash drive housing kit –  standard
  • GPS/satellite antenna kit – standard
  • I/O expansion cards – optional
  • Message interface (under development) – optional


Trotter DataVault ATU product details
Dimensions 188 mm x 188 mm x 63mm (7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ x 2 1/2″)
Weight 1.8 kg (4 lbs)
Connectors Amphenol automotive, M12, microUSB, SMA
Inputs Standard: 2 serial, 4 analog, 4 digital (configurable); Pro: 2 serial, 8 analog, 8 digital (configurable); XM-Pro: 2 serial, 8 analog, 16 digital (configurable) requires ext GPS / Sat modem
Outputs Standard: 2 serial, 4 digital (3.5 A, +30 V, internally protected); Pro: 8 digital (3.5 A, +30 V, internally protected); XM-Pro: 2 serial, 16 digital (3.5 A, +30 V), 4 proportional valve drivers
Buttons 5 button navigation interface, 4x4 keyboard - optional
Indicators 17 status LEDs
Sensors GPS, accelerometer and gyro, internal thermometer, power loss / battery voltage
Screen type Sunlight readable monochromatic backlit LCD
Antennas External GPS and Iridium
Casing / housing Aluminum
Input voltage 18-36 V DC
Power consumption 14 W Max (Transmitting)
Power sources External
Battery life n/a
Satellite network Iridium SBD via 9602 modem
Cellular network n/a
Operating temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Operating environment <75% relative humidity
Environmental rating IP65
Other certifications n/a


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Last updated: October 9, 2020


Simplify the collection and reporting of vital event data

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