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IDF’S “Documenting Warrior Project”
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit (Hebrew: דובר צה”ל, Dover Tzahal, abbr. Dotz) is the unit in the IDF Operations Directorate, responsible for information policy and media relations. The unit is led by the IDF Spokesperson, a brigadier general and member of the General Staff, and by the Deputy Spokesperson, a colonel. The current Spokesperson is Brig. Gen. Yoav “Poli” Mordechai.
- The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit was founded in 1948 with the creation of the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces.
- The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit is responsible for the IDF’s information policy and media relations in both peace and war time. The unit is divided into several sub-units which deal with various areas of activity including domestic and foreign press liaison, public relations, information, photography, film, video, organization and training.
IDF long understood that the war in the media arena is no less than that conducted in the field. The IDF wanted to be able to provide true, live video from the scene as its being viewed by the soldier, in opposed to the image being provided by the international media, which always sticks to the images seen from the Palestine side.
The IDF was looking for a comprehensive offering, combining small tactical Hardware and advanced state of the art software, which will provide the operational tools to create fast video broadcasting clips from raw video feeds, arriving from the different units, spread across the field.
Elsight provided the IDF Spokesman unit with a state of the art 3G based live video streaming systems as part of “documenting Warrior Project”, designed to take close-up demonstrations moments, to facilitate image damage that may be caused to the IDF while dispersing demonstrations.
Warrior units weigh three pounds, and connect to a home video camera. Also, they can run for five hours straight, and keep the memory up to 30 hours of recording. During shooting the fighters can mark important recording minutes, cataloged photographs received in the war room.
The solution also included a fully featured command & control software, enabling to monitor record and edit all the broadcasts/video feedds coming from the field and turning them from raw materials, to ready to lunch video clip/story.
Through the implementation of Elsight’s Warrior Documenting System and Command & Control software, the IDF Spokesperson gained:
- Visibility from across the country (Israel)
- Live information – live streaming of picture and voice
- Portable and lightweight – allows to carry anywhere anytime
- Response – the ability to act immediately by dispatching live video clips, as they occur from the scene to the different news agencies
- Efficiency – all the raw material (videos) is received and stored in one location, enables fast search, no loss of data
The need was to stream first live video from the scene, in order to assess the number of units required to be dispatched to the scene, medical equipment needed and to provide back office or additional first responding groups, Hospitals with an overall picture in order to prepare accordingly…
Established in 1930, Magen David Adom (MDA) is Israel’s national emergency first aid service. MDA currently maintains more than 110 stations & dispatch points all over the country. From these stations more than 1,200 emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency physicians and 10,000 volunteers operate as well as more than 300 standard ambulances, 150 Mobile Intensive Care Units, and 200 lifesaving vehicles that serve remote communities.
Magen David Adom’s objectives are to maintain and improve Israel’s national first aid services and to be an auxiliary service of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) medical services in time of war and to prepare for this in time of peace. MDA also cooperates deeply with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
In 2009, ElSight started to supply video solutions that were specifically tailored to their needs. All 11 operational regions are in the process of deploying a dedicated Emergency Arena Management Vehicle (EAMV) equipped a with full motion video camera that transmits the live video feed over the cellular & satellite network in real time to MDA central operations and regional branches.
How does it work
Decisions are made by the operations leaders and the video feed are shared with the field and other regional offices of MDA, using a proprietary mission critical video conference system, provided also by ElSight.
Magen David Adom (MDA) will shortly implement the first Mobile C&C vehicle that will enable their management to be closer to the field whilst retaining video communications with their own regions and multiple first responders.
ElSight have also supplied the ELS Scout solution to another Israeli Emergency Medical Services. This solution enables paramedics to share full motion video with professional physician in the Professional Advice & Guidance Center, when visiting residential clients on a daily basis for medical treatment. This solution is used for telemedicine enabling them to conduct a remote consultancy over the cellular network within 30 seconds with the relevant senior physician. The ElSight Scout solution also synchronizes heartbeat and breathing information with a clear & reliable video feed of the patient.
During the last couple of years ElSight addressed MDA evolving needs for better and more effective decisions for Operations Management and Medical Consultancy.