IDF programmers and engineers are developing a state-of-the-art digital battlefield system that will give commanders a clear view of the frontlines and improve communication abilities.
“Noked” is an acronym for the Hebrew words “digital battle procedure,” and the development of a high-tech, interactive mapping system by that name is expected to bring battlefront communication to a remarkable new level.
The army traditionally used maps, stickers and markings to instruct commanders on where to go and what to do, the IDF explained in a blog. With Noked, “commanders will always have a crystal-clear view of the front lines. They will be able to see exactly where each unit is located in real time and to interact with other commanders to coordinate changes seamlessly.”
“Just like in sci-fi movies,” the blog continued, Noked fills a screen with a complete 3-D map of the battlefield, enabling commanders to use transparent layers to fill the map with all the necessary information.
“The picture comes alive. You can move layers around and zoom in on the map,” said Major Moshe Castro, the officer in charge of the project.
The most significant feature is the system’s communication abilities. “If a unit finds itself in a difficult position to defend, they can pull up a 3-D map layer and quickly find a better spot. Instantly, their new position will be communicated to all other active units,” according to the blog. “The quick communication makes complicated changes seem simple. After the battle, the system allows for the review and investigation of all troop movements. This allows the IDF to learn for the future and fine-tune strategies and methods.”
Castro and six of his soldiers attended a demonstration of the first prototype recently at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He plans to pitch the start-up to the military leadership.
“We tested the system and it worked,” he said. “I believe in this idea, and I believe it will spread around the military.”
By: United with Israel Staff
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Source: United with Israel