One of the top factors in any battle strategy are information and communication. These are vital not just for winning a battle, but also for preventing an especially lethal and tragic event in combat, termed “friendly fire” – a sadly frequent scenario where troops mistakenly fire at their own solders.

Unbelievably, just a century ago, the gold standard for battlefield communication relied on carrier pigeons, signaling flags and written messages delivered by runners and dogs. The revolution in combat communication took place in World War I, when traditional tools were joined by new systems of telegraph and telephones, taking combat communication to new levels.

Wireless communication in combat began with squads using spectrum for voice calls, like in walkie-talkies. These were later joined by UAV devices, video and GPS position tracking for control. The next stage is now under development – ultra-connected future soldiers who carry body cameras and communicate with their squad using drones, transmitting real time GPS data, audio and video encoded over a spread spectrum, and who automatically download satellite images onto smart digital devices.

As combat becomes more and more digitally dependent, control and management become increasingly complex. Digital combat brings an almost unbearable density to the network, with dangers for incessant interferences from competing networks, and ultra-high traffic demands place extreme pressure on the spectrum.

One of the answers to these challenges may be XTATE.AI, an Israeli-based technology company which developed and patented a disruptive localization and directional finding technology. XTATE.AI creates an innovative network based on AI and data science, connecting the soldiers so that they can easily and effortlessly detect their own teams, as well as enemy troops. With this solution, friendly fire can definitely be eliminated, and troops can plan and implement their moves more effectively.

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