Documenting Warrior Project
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