Digital Ground Army command-and-control system 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman’s Office)
The IDF Home Front Command is linking civilian emergency services to its control
and supervision system, to improve coordination in the event of a national
emergency, a senior source from the command told The Jerusalem
Currently, the Home Front Command uses a control and supervision
system called “Kingdom,” which allows for a wide range of communications with
units on the ground, including satellite and cellular networking
“We want to expand ‘Kingdom’ so that it encompasses the home
front, and create one unified system,” the source said.
It has already
completed operational tests successfully, he added.
Due to enter service
within two years, the system will ensure that emergency responders, such as
police, firefighters and paramedics, will be able to speak to one another and to
the Home Front Command, which will be able to track developments on a digital
map in real time.
“We want to set up a tool for interconnetivity,” the
source said. “We can already track all locations of police units.
increase the view, and see ambulances and firefighters too.”
technology is based on a “content management server,” and should prove useful in
conflicts or natural disasters.
Difficult missions, such as evacuating an
area or blocking off roads, will be made easier.
The source said the
changes reflect a wider vision that views the home front as a single entity.
“We’re making these systems user-friendly, for the reserve soldiers who will
have to use them. We want to make it as easy to use as home computers,” the
The system will join a national radio network already in
place, which allows the Home Front Command to communicate directly with
emergency services, with the exception of Magen David Adom, which has not yet
joined due to funding issues.
The radio network will also be expanded,
the source said, to include other forces deemed vital in handling emergencies,
such as Military Police and the IDF’s Technological and Logistics
The Home Front Command is also moving forward in its plans
to create area-specific missile alerts, based on a projection of the path of an
incoming projectile after its launch.
“We want to reach a situation where
every air raid siren has its own IP [Internet address], allowing us to activate
them selectivity,” the source said. In the future, the Home Front Command plans
to take advantage of satellite television receivers (which also have IPs), and
regional radio stations, to issue area-specific missile alerts in case of
Under the plan, someone in an area under missile attack who is
watching television will see the channel change automatically to a live
broadcast from the Home Front Command’s in-house studio.
is a cellphone text message alert system. “People here think outside of the
box,” the source said.
Longer-term plans include setting up air raid
sirens with electronic sensors, such as cameras, enabling them to deliver
real time information to the Home Front Command on developments in areas hit by
rockets or missiles.