Inaugurated in September 2013, the Advanced Technologies ("High-Tech") Park of Be'er-Sheva is a joint initiative by the Be'er-Sheva Municipality and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with additional partners the local Gav-Yam and American KUD companies.
The park is located adjacent to Ben-Gurion University and Soroka Medical Center and close to the city's northern train station. Also, the Israel Defense Forces' Telecommunications Division (with its elite units) will be transferring adjacent to the existing park.
The high-tech park creates a geographical continuum including the park's resident companies, IDF's technological campus, Ben-Gurion University and Soroka Medical Center. These create a unique ecosystem between the various companies and entities in the complex, facilitating collaborations in various fields.
The first two buildings (one - 20,000 square meters / over 215,000 square feet and the second - 13,000 square meters / almost 140,000 square feet) are populated by leading international companies employing more than 1,000 engineers and high-tech workers. Currently preparations are underway for construction of the third building, out of the total 20 planned for construction in the park.
"Be'er-Sheva will become the Cyber capital of the entire Eastern hemisphere" (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, March 2014).
At the end of 2013, the Prime Minister announced that the city of Be'er-Sheva is the capital of cyber for Israel.
The unique combination in the AT park of academic elements, a business system, cyber headquarters, the IDF's ICT Division and a supportive municipal authority, creates a unique ecosystem. The result is evident in a wide range of activities presently being accomplished by these bodies:
Defining Be'er-Sheva as the International Cyber City of the State of Israel
Developing CERT IL in the high-tech park, the aim of which is to address and handle cyber threats in the country and throughout the world
Establishing the IDF's ICT campus adjacent to the high-tech park
Establishing its Intelligence Division campus at the Shoket Junction (about a 5-minute drive from the high tech park)
Encouraging young and high quality populations to move to the Negev