June 15, 2012 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Israel Defense Force; issued June 13, 2012)
New Observation System: The Future of Field Intelligence Technology
IDF implements a new multi-sensor system at bases in the Judea region, revolutionizing observation methods and enabling coordination of all means in the field
Central Command field intelligence unit will soon implement its first multi-sensor system in the Judea region. The system is already in use at the Sinai border due to recent security threats in the region. Additionally, Central Command is testing the possibility to station a similar high-tech system in the Jordan River Valley Region, to strengthen field intelligence forces at the border with Jordan.
The multi-sensor system is considered to be the future of field intelligence technology, creating a connection between all observation means used in a region, including radars, observation balloons, and thermal cameras, and combining them into a single image. "The multi-sensor system is reliable and can filter data, effectively controlling a large region with limited personnel, making it suitable for the Judea region," said Central Command field intelligence battalion commander, Lt. Col. Shimi to the IDF Website.
According to Lt. Col. Shimi, the Judea region is characterized by large fields that require many soldiers to monitor it. The new system will allow for fewer soldiers to track the region more effectively than in the past. "The radar can disable background noise, and allows viewing of problematic areas," he added. "This makes tracking quicker and more efficient."
The multi-sensor system was developed in recent years by manufacturers and by the IDF Ground Forces' technology brigade. Operating on frequencies different than those used by most systems, the new technology can detect irregular incidents both during night time and in fog. Additionally, the system can examine suspicious subjects while still observing the entire region, changing conventional observation methods.