Hiriya’s Refuge Derived Fuel (RDF) plant has just been launched, processing 1,500 tons of waste every day; The Israeli Cabinet has approved a 250 million-shekel ($66 million) plan to advance and strengthen the smart transportation industry; The new US-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2017 creates a grant program for joint research and development projects, and much more.
By Michael Ordman
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
From garbage dump to energy resource
I’ve reported previously (four times) on Israel’s Hiriya garbage dump that is now an environmental park. Hiriya’s Refuge Derived Fuel (RDF) plant has just been launched, processing 1,500 tons of waste every day, to produce energy for the nearby Nesher cement production plant.
$66 million for smart transportation
The Israeli Cabinet has approved a 250 million-shekel ($66 million) plan to advance and strengthen the smart transportation industry in Israel. The goal is to “position the Israeli high-tech industry as a global leader in the field”, which could be worth $7 trillion in 2030.
Joint work with USA on cybersecurity
The new United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2017 (see Jan 8) creates a cybersecurity grant program for joint research and development projects. http://www.jns.org/latest-
Israel’s tallest building approved
Tel Aviv has given the go-ahead for a 100-floor skyscraper to be built in the vicinity of Tel Aviv’s central railway station. It will be Israel’s tallest building.
Collision protection for 4,500 NYC hire cars
4,500 for-hire vehicles in New York City will feature vision sensors and technologies from Israel’s Mobileye (now part of Intel) to identify potential dangerous scenarios in real time, and alert drivers about impending collisions, giving them time to react.
Listenapp wins Startup Live
I publicized previously (Mar 5) Israel’s Startup Live festival on 29 March. Israel’s IMNA Solutions won the festival’s startup competition with Listenapp – a smartphone app that helps keep conversations secure. IMNA will now join the European incubation program Global Incubator Network (GIN). http://i-hls.com/2017/03/
Sign with your watch
Researchers at Ben Gurion and Tel Aviv Universities have developed a smartwatch application capable of verifying handwritten signatures by gathering data from a person’s wrist movement during the signing process. You need to (temporarily at least) put the watch onto your signing hand.
Mind your backs
I reported previously (here and here) on the wearable muscle-training device from Israel’s Upright that helps you develop good posture and prevent back pain. Trials at Ernst & Young improved posture and decreased back pain, resulting in employees being more productive and alert.
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