A senior Israeli official on Friday said a number of Israeli telecommunications firms are considering the use of a new Israeli standard that tests equipment, and said that they were looking into how to use it.
“I believe that the test equipment is going to be used in some way, and we are going to see what happens, but I am not certain of the scope of it,” a senior official in the telecommunications ministry told The Jerusalem News.
“The question is, what does it mean for the telecommunications industry, and will it work?” the official said, referring to the interoperability testing of common equipment used in telecommunications.
“If it doesn’t work, the ministry is going after the suppliers.”
The ministry declined to comment on whether the ministry has launched any investigations.
The test equipment would be a component of a unified communications system, known as Unified Communications Protocol.
It was developed by a group of experts from the Technion and is used in a number on the Israeli military’s military communication systems.
According to the Technions website, the protocol is “a standard for the communication of all Israeli military forces on the ground and in the air, as well as the ground forces in the Gaza Strip, and the Israeli Navy in the Southern Mediterranean.”
The protocol requires that all communications equipment in a unified communication system must have an operational capability that can be verified by independent and credible tests.
According the website, in addition to the Unified Communications protocol, Israel also uses an advanced standard for electronic warfare known as E-Wave, and it is a widely adopted standard in the United States, Germany, France, Britain, and Australia.
In Israel, E-wave is the acronym for electronic wave, which can be applied to the radio signals used by military systems.
The ministry spokesman declined to specify the cost of the test or how long it will take to deploy the test system, but the ministry’s official website says that the technology is already being tested and is ready for use.
The spokesman declined further comment on the matter.
The use of the new technology has raised concerns in the U.S. about whether it will be used by Israel and that Israel’s military is using it against Palestinians.
The U.N. General Assembly voted last week to impose sanctions against Israel, including a ban on all imports of Israeli weapons and military equipment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced the creation of an independent watchdog group, the Joint Investigation Team.
The Israeli military and its political leadership have repeatedly said the technology could be used to disable or neutralize any electronic devices, including mobile phones and laptops, that are considered to be threatening to the country’s security.
In October, Israeli officials said the military is planning to launch a new system to monitor and identify communications equipment that could be vulnerable to hackers and would also help identify equipment that might be compromised.