Photos: IT saving lives in Iraqi warzone

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Royal Signals Soldier Michael Allsop installing a server in Iraq - IT saving lives in Iraqi warzones

Royal Signals Soldier Michael Allsop installing a server in Iraq - IT saving lives in Iraqi warzones

Running IT systems in a war zone is not easy. Not only do people’s lives depend on the efficiency of some of the systems, security has to be watertight, systems have to be totally reliable and some of the time they need to be linked into other countries’ or departments’ systems.

It doesn’t help that Iraq is hot, with temperatures up to 47 degrees, and dusty, making equipment maintenance a struggle.

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Cole, a Royal Signals officer in the Army, was sent to Iraq to oversee the IT and communications network. He says a lot of the systems have evolved and degraded over time.

“A lot of the equipment does degrade here because it’s very hot, and you’ve got to fight very hard to keep it dust free,” he said. Cogan added, “We simply cannot afford to keep pace with every technological advance, very few companies can.

However we have a structured procurement program that embraces new technology on a rolling basis to meet our requirements. At the moment what we have wo

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