Good News Israel presents green park on top of Tel Aviv highway; port handling by robots and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
A green park on top of Tel Aviv’s highway
Tel Aviv’s congested Ayalon highway is to be transformed into an oasis of greenery. The Ayalon Roofing Project will create a 593-acre public space for recreation, while enabling traffic to continue flowing below. It will be Israel’s largest municipal project, costing over NIS 2bn.
Keeping your computer healthy
Israeli startup Fixico has been chosen by IBM to export its remote Endpoint Management product to the private market. Now you can download Fixico to check your computer’s functions, disk and programs upon startup. Fixico has free basic features or paid-for advanced service.
Ashdod fishing rig will increase fish stocks
A 6,000 hectare aquaculture project to be constructed off the coast of Ashdod in Israel includes a fishing rig, which will serve as a logistics center management of fish farms. Hi-tech cages six miles from the shore will lower in stormy weather to protect the fish.
Hebrew version of Office for iPad
Microsoft has just released a new version of its Office365 suite for iPad users. This one comes with Hebrew language support. The reviews were quite positive.
Port handling by robots
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing the Robotic Container Management & Storage System (RCMS). The system uses robotic carts and elevators to automatically load and unload containers efficiently in less time and requiring 50% less port storage space. It can revolutionize port handling.
Cyber help for airline industry
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed an agreement with Tel Aviv University that will setup a new joint center for innovation in aviation. It will develop technologies to protect airline reservations and financial systems and run airlines more efficiently.
The first global remote control
Israel’s WiseSec has developed the Genii Internet hub that can control up to 800,000 Bluetooth devices anywhere on the planet. By end 2015 you could have long-distance smartphone (IOS or Android) control of your house lights, televisions, air conditioners, ovens etc. for just $90 on Indigogo.
$1bn solar power plant for Israeli desert
Israel’s Shikun & Binui and Spain’s Abengoa are to build a massive 121MW solar power plant, costing NIS 4bn ($1.05 bn), in the Negev desert. It is the second of 3 local solar schemes that together will eventually provide up to two percent of Israel’s total electricity needs.
Israel’s largest solar field goes live
The 40MW solar array at Kibbutz Ketura is now operational, making it the largest solar array to be an active part of the Jewish state’s electric grid. 140,434 solar panels are spread over 134 acres.
The water will flow from Jerusalem
A delegation from California governor Jerry Brown came to Jerusalem Institute’s Milken Financial Innovations Lab to learn how best to alleviate California’s severe drought. They heard from Israeli water companies Arad, Ayyeka, Emefcy, Miya, Netafim, RealiteQ, and Takadu and others.
From our roof, to your table
Several Tel Aviv restaurants are serving very fresh, locally-sourced vegetables. In fact they are grown on the roof of the nearby Dizengoff Center. They are supplied by Mendi Falk, the director of Green in the City, a hydroponics project in the center of downtown Tel Aviv.
New safe efficient Graphene production
Researchers from Israel’s Ben Gurion University and the University of Western Australia have developed a new optical process to generate Graphene – a chemical vital for medicine, electronics and energy. It is faster than existing methods and avoids current toxic substances.
Australian delegation to Israeli innovation
The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Spacecubed have organized its Entrepreneurs ‘Start Up Nation’ Innovation Delegation to Israel Oct 29 – Nov 5. It will explore Israel’s business and investment opportunities and entrepreneurial and innovation eco-system.
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