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IDF Uses New Technology to Locate Victims of Tel Aviv Collapse

Site of Tel Aviv parking lot collapse, September 5, 2016 (Photo: IDF)

As the search continues for victims of this week's parking garage collapse in Tel Aviv, the IDF is using new technology in its efforts. Israel Hayom's Lilach Shoval reports that the new innovation is being used to detect faint cellphone signals underground:

Hundreds of IDF Homefront Command soldiers were deployed Monday at the site of the collapsed parking facility in northern Tel Aviv to assist in search and rescue efforts. GOC Homefront Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick arrived at the scene to personally supervise the mission. The Homefront Command's Search and Rescue Unit was assisted by the military's Oketz canine unit, as well as by large police and emergency services personnel.

Rescuers used every measure at their disposal; and the usual heavy and light machinery alongside simple excavation tools, was joined by a new, innovative search and rescue technology that is able to detect faint cellphone signals underground to locate people trapped under the rubble.

The radar-based Aluma ("ray") System was developed by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of the Israel Aerospace Industries. As many of the system's capabilities are still under development, Monday's disaster was the first time Aluma was made operational.

According to Homefront Command Col. Itzik Guy, the system "also allows rescue teams to cross-reference the location of a trapped victim using the dimensions of depth, height and distance from the [rescue] teams."

The system was successful in locating one of the victims of Monday's incident...

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