Providing the public with the abilities required in order to perform as many processes and transactions as possible opposite the government agencies on line, through the Internet; providing citizens with the communication infrastructures that would enable them to benefit from a Smart City environment, from networks of autonomous vehicles and from the advantages of a Smart Home. The speakers at the opening session of the 4th International C5I Conference, being held at the IDF Armored Corps Memorial in Latrun at the initiative of Israel Defense, elaborated on these projects, all of which are technology-intensive and some of which are already being implemented.
According to the decision of the IDF Chief of Staff, the IDF C4I Directorate will be known henceforth as the C4I & Cybersecurity Directorate. Also, The IDF Communications & C4I Corps will be known henceforth as the Communications, Cyber & C4I Corps.
The first speaker at the conference was Adv. Shlomo Filber, the Director General of the Israel Ministry of Communications, who announced an important organizational revision: the establishment of a new future technology division. His second announcement concerned the field of IoT – the establishment of a steering committee, headed by the DG of the Ministry of Communications, to consolidate and formulate recommendations for such IoT functions as Smart Cities, remote learning, automation of schools and hospitals and connection of home appliances and devices to computer networks. The number of IoT applications is increasing and they are becoming more widespread: future connectivity systems for autonomous vehicles, Smart Cities, management of smart traffic control systems, on-line industry – all of these applications will lead to massive financial savings, in addition to more efficient operation. Shlomo Filber believes that within a few years, Israel will become one of the ten countries, worldwide, using the IoT world in the most effective manner. The Government of Israel is currently taking numerous organizational and technological steps to lead the country and its inhabitants forward in this field, and the tremendous success of the high-tech and startup industries in Israel assists and supports this trend.
The lecture delivered by Col. (res.) Yair Frank, Head of the Government Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Authority at the Prime Minister's Office, followed in the same direction. Frank presented the slogans "Harnessing technology for the benefit of the citizen" and "Never shove the citizen around". For this purpose, a single, unified government Internet portal was established, using the latest technologies. This portal speaks the language of service to the public. The process of identifying the citizen when he/she contacts a government agency will be carried out on line. A secure network was established to connect the government with the banks, so that citizens may perform on-line transactions from their homes, using their computers, like cancelling a mortgage, purchasing and selling a property, registering their children to day care centers or updating their addresses – everything will be accomplished through the Internet. Additionally, all of the government databases will be made accessible to the public. Even today, a massive increase has been recorded in the number of on-line processes and transactions performed by the public vis-à-vis the government ministries and agencies.
In conclusion, the DG of the Ministry of Communications said that the Ministry's objectives for the coming years are the establishment of a unified website serving all government ministries, a smart identification process, a future government cloud service and the establishment of a government communication network. The slogan is "The Citizen at the Center".
Haim Delmar, VP of C4I and HLS Systems, elaborated on C4I/ICT in the military tactical world, saying: "opposite the current threats, C4I has evolved into an actual weapon system category. Engagement ranges are being extended and missions change at a fast pace. Technology and C4I must provide commanders at the tactical echelons – company commanders, battalion commanders and brigade commanders – with the abilities of receiving information on the move, connecting to combined-arms communications and attaining persistent surveillance (terrain dominance) capabilities. "It takes a year to develop and introduce a new solution opposite a new threat, and that time interval must be cut short so as to provide commanders with real-time updates on the battlefield." For this purpose, technologies should be developed to provide the field commander with one display screen only, through which he would receive the information and updates he requires, so as not to overwhelm him with excessive information. The current mission is to produce, for the tactical world, an environment where all of the systems communicate with one another using the same language, so that the battalion commander may be able to employ his operational resources effectively.
Lt. Col. (res.) Ehud Kauf, the Chairman of the C5I Conference, said that the IDF C4I Directorate is a General Staff element which, over the years, has provided the contents for combined-arms, inter-service connectivity and interoperability and the enforcement thereof throughout IDF. Today, network-centric warfare is of the utmost importance for the benefit of the IDF's operational potential.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Inbar, the President of the C5I Conference who serves as the Chairman of the IDF Communications Corps Commemoration Society, said that cyber is changing all of the production and work processes worldwide. In his opinion, the human environment is contaminated by electromagnetic radiation, and that affects the human mind and behavior. He predicted that a new field of cyber medicine will emerge within ten to fifteen years.