IDF Set Up Phenomenal Communications in Haiti


haiti5Wireless Internet, an Israeli phone line and unlimited satellite access are just some of the technological wonders that the IDF has succeeded in setting up in Haiti, where communication lines were destroyed in the devastating earthquake.

While the world has already heard about the remarkable work at the IDF field hospital in Port-au-Prince, not much has been written about the communications room set up on the island by reservists from the military’s C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) branch.

“This is an unprecedented operation in its scale and size,” explained Lt.-Col. (res.) Yaakov Magal. “We did not even have something like this during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last January.”

According to Magal, before the rescue teams were sent to Haiti, the IDF ensured that the delegation would have around-the-clock access to one of Israel’s Amos communications satellites. It also sent millions of dollars of equipment to Haiti.

“This operation is called ‘End of the World,’ but with our communications systems we gave soldiers and delegation members the ability to call home at the price of a domestic call in Israel,” he said.

The wireless Internet has attracted, he said, journalists from around the world who come to send their materials back to their editorial offices.

Magal and his team also set up video conference systems in surgery theaters to give field surgeons the ability to consult with experts back in Israeli hospitals. “They can turn on the camera and even watch the surgeries in Israel as they occur in Haiti,” he said.

{JPost/Yair Israel}