Israel military to set up own cloud networks by end-2014

Summary:The networks will reportedly facilitate real-time intelligence of enemy locations in the battlefield, and is among several teleprocessing upgrades to boost the effectiveness of the military's firepower.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is developing its own military cloud computing networks, which will be up and running by the end of the year, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The networks will allow commanders in any part of the battlefield to log on to receive real-time intelligence on the location of both enemy targets and friendly forces, said senior army sources cited in the report. Such data can be used to plan strikes.

"This is our operational Internet. We are setting up the infrastructure to back up the information," one source said in the report. "Then we'll set up multiple cloud networks, which will work with the air force, ground forces and navy. It will be accessible to them all."

The military cloud network is just one of several teleprocessing upgrades underway, to increase the effectiveness of the military's firepower and reaction time, noted the Jerusalem Post. Other systems in development include one called Crystal Ball, where data from various sensors is consolidated on a dashboard in a command center.

Topics: Cloud, Government

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