The IDF Home Front Command has, over the past two days, been using a new hi-tech search and rescue system that uses cellular devices of trapped people to track their locations in the rubble of the collapsed Tel Aviv parking lot.
The system, RES-Q-Cell, made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was first unveiled in June, and is designed to enable the fastest possible geo-location of survivors.
The system activates all cellular phones in a disaster area, before carrying out quick identification and location of individual devices.
According to IAI, RES-Q-CELL differentiates between those who are trapped in ruins and those who are not. It the generates a “highly accurate three dimensional” location map of survivors.
The Home Front Command used the system on Monday for the first time in a real emergency incident to locate trapped construction workers, enabling it to focus more of its time on rescue and extraction operations, and spend less time on physical searches.
The system is “operated from a laptop, and is designed to keep working even when cellular networks collapse,” IAI said at the time of its unveiling in June.