Several Israeli companies are focusing many efforts
at the newly established
buffer zone, (erroneously known as the
"wall" separating occupied territories controlled by the IDF, as
well as some Palestinian Authority managed regions from Israeli
territory. Many companies have developed systems for the
protection, surveillance and defense of this obstacle.
Two are constructing the obstacle system -
Magal Security Systems,
which already constructed 140 km of the buffer zone in the
Northern and Central region, and Elbit Systems, which is currently
extending it into a section cordon, around Jerusalem. Magal is currently offering to
enhance the basic sensors of the fence with video cameras
integrated in every segment.
A different concept is the
EO passive radar system,
promoted by Magna Ltd., developers of a passive radar system,
based on stereoscopic video motion detection system. Such systems
can effectively provide early warning on suspicious activities
within the sterile zone and beyond. Other systems, such as ground
surveillance radars can provide similar coverage, even under
adverse weather conditions, but at higher cost. A
covert, passive device designed to detect human activity is the "Virtual Fence" sensor
array, combining acoustic, seismic and IR sensors. This
unattended, covert sensor array can detect,
locate, and identify human or vehicular activity over a large protected area.
Another type of
Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS), developed by Seraphim is
already deployed by the IDF and has recently been tested by the
Elbit has demonstrated a wide variety of systems designed for
operation in the buffer zone. These include various long-range
observation systems, including the LOROS system, which is widely
used in the IDF, the Lotus G thermal observation system, capable
of identification of targets at ranges beyond 20km, as well as
mobile platforms, such as the
Mil-Tomcar rapid response all
terrain vehicle, which is fitted with an elevated EO payload and
communications equipment, transmitting images to sector
command center. Elbit is also proposing the
tethered aerostat developed by TopiVision, as a surveillance
system which can be pre-positioned at specific points or
transported to fill temporary "gaps". The aerostat was used
extensively in several incidents supporting for the Israeli
police, and is currently equipped with a stabilized EO payload
offering x100 power zoom.
Several companies are offering dedicated the sensors for the buffer zone.
RAFAEL is promoting its proven
TACS system, which is
already operational along Israel's Northern border with Lebanon.
The system uses a variety of airborne, ground mounted, and
unattended sensors to provide a tightly integrated security zone
designed to defeat any infiltration through the border or
Elta is also offering a comprehensive range of surveillance
systems, installed on airborne or tethered platforms, mast mounted mobile,
or based on observation towers. The sensors comprise of an
integrated surveillance system,
including EO payload, ground
surveillance radar and digital compass.