The Israel Defense Force’s (IDF’s) Home Front Command (HFC) has begun using a new command-and-control (C2) system designed to create a nationwide geographic real-time database of emergency incidents, first responder locations, status of local authorities, and other critical updates.
The system is dubbed Shual, the Hebrew acronym for National Home Front Command and Control, and uses Esri geographic information system (GIS) software. The HFC is responsible for preparing for and assisting during national emergencies.
Captain Nir Eldan, head of the HFC’s Shual Program Branch, said the programme began in 2017 and evolved into a modernised national C2 system. “Two years ago, we understood we needed to create a national solution and develop the technological operational capabilities.