IDF unveils improved communications systems (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 07/12/12)
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The IDF Home Front Command is set to introduce two new communications
systems that will improve coordination among emergency services
operating in wartime.
One of the systems is called “Roundtable,” and will cost the IDF just
over NIS 100 million.
It was designed to enable the Home Front Command, the Israel Police,
Magen David Adom and the Fire and Rescue Services to receive the same
tactical data of an area struck by missiles.
“This means that a commander will be able to see where ambulances are
located, where fire trucks are and utilize these assets more
effectively,” a senior officer in the Home Front Command explained.
The IDF and the Israel Police came under harsh criticism in the
recent State Comptroller’s Report on the 2010 Mount Carmel forest
fire over the lack of coordination and faulty crisis management.
“The new system will show the location of each missile that has
struck in Israel and help emergency services reach the scene
quicker,” the officer said.
The second system, scheduled to become operational in August, uses
cellular networks to send warnings of incoming missile attacks to
residents’ individual cellphones.
The IDF has been working on integrating the system into its early-
warning program – mostly based on air-raid sirens – but has
encountered resistance from several Israeli cellular companies. The
carriers do not want to enable their phones to receive the warnings,
which come in the form of a text message.
“This will improve our ability to issue warnings just to people who
are inside a specific area that is going to be hit by missiles,” the
officer explained. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/12/12)
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