A Baker’s Dozen Of The Latest Developments From Israel


While the spittle-flecked fury of Mahmoud Abbas, raging in Ramallah, has not abated, and the PA has denounced the Arab League for failing to denounce the U.A.E., then announced it was quitting the Arab League, and then decided that – since no one seemed to care whether it was in or out — it would not quit the Arab League after all, the Israelis were busy in many other areas. While the PA staggered from one comical debacle to another, Israel moved from strength to strength.

I selected a Baker’s Dozen of the latest announcements of Israeli advances in medical technology, cybersecurity, clothing, energy transmission, speech-enabled technology, autonomous vehicles, pain measurement, airship manufacturing, devices attached to glasses that see a text and instantly “read” it to the visually-impaired, and more. I thought you’d like to know what Israel’s been up to, while the PA and Hamas, as far as I have been able to discover, have done nothing but pretend to make peace with each other so that together they can howl at the heathen — not just the usual Infidels, but also those fellow Arabs who have “betrayed” them.


European workwear supplier adopts Israeli smartphone sizing solution

Tricorp, a leading European workwear supplier, is integrating the MySizeID widget into their e-commerce platform, hoping to increase conversions and decrease returns, MySize announced on Monday. Tricorp is also offering MySizeID to their distributors, as a contactless solution for fitting sessions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tel Aviv-based QEDIT, which provides privacy-enhancing technology, is participating in a US government-funded research project that aims to harness advanced cryptography to preserve the integrity of complex software programs, the company announced ahead of Rosh Hashanah.

QEDIT provides a platform that facilitates fraud detection between insurance competitors; intelligence-sharing among banks to identify financial crime; and more efficient identity and certification management processes.


Major trilateral agreement could link Israel to EU power grid by 2024

Submarine cable to run from Israel to mainland Greece through Cyprus – a distance covering more than 1,000 miles.

Israel will sign an agreement with Greece and Cyprus by the end of the year to lay a submarine cable that would connect it to the European power grid, Israel Hayom has learned.

The project, which is expected to take about four years to complete, was finalized following a conversation between Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz with his Cypriot counterpart Natasa Pilides.

The funding, estimated at some NIS 3.1 billion (some $917 million) will be funded by all three countries, as well as the EU. The cable will run from Israel to mainland Greece through Cyprus – a distance covering more than 1,000 miles – at a depth of almost 2 miles.

Once completed, it will initially be able to supply 1,000 megawatts, but the output is expected to double eventually. This means that it could potentially provide Israel with 20% to 40% of Israel’s domestic power consumption every month.


IDF unveils technology seeking to streamline epidemiological investigations.

Dubbed “Cornerstone,” the new system allows hundreds of users to work on it simultaneously, something the Home Front Command hopes will expedite epidemiological investigations

The Israeli military on Monday announced the establishment of the Home Front Command’s “Ella” unit for epidemiological investigation, saying the unit will use proprietary technology seeking to streamline epidemiological investigations.

The system was developed as part of the IDF’s efforts to assist the healthcare system improve its ability to detect potential exposure to the coronavirus in hopes of breaking the infection chain.


Israeli hi-tech company Blue and White Robotics (BWR) announced it was able to secure $10 million in a round led by Jesselson Investments, Peregrine VC and Entrée Capital to further develop an autonomous vehicle platform, it reported in a September 15 press release.

BWR already introduced a drone that can deliver COVID-19 tests inside a Netanya hospital, a drop-copter used for the pollination of palms in the Jordan Valley and an autonomous shuttle service prototype to see if one can be offered to the larger Israeli public.


Israeli Company Touchless.ai’s Speech-Enabled Technology Will Make Touchscreens Touch-Proof

CTech – Israel-based Touchless.ai has started deploying a voice solution that can transform any digital kiosk into a touch-free device. The solution was specifically designed to help prevent touching public or commercial devices that could spread the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The technology takes into consideration public spaces and has been optimized for noisy conditions, helping businesses implement it into their existing interactive systems. Touchless.ai shows numbers on a screen that correlate to options, allowing people to make selections without touching public interfaces and risking their physical health.

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Israeli firm Medasense Biometrics, a developer of the NOL (Nociception Level Index) technology for pain-response monitoring, raised $18 million in Series C funding led by Spanish VC firm Sabadell Asabys, Israeli investors, and returning investors Baxter Ventures, Olive Tree Ventures and LGL Capital.

Founded in 2008, Medasense developed a patented technology platform to objectively assess the physiological response to pain (nociception). The NOL technology uses advanced AI algorithms to convert data into a patient’s “signature of pain,” as the company explains, showing a patient’s pain response on a scale of its proprietary pain monitoring device (PMD200). This can tell doctors how much pain a patient is feeling and how much pain care they need.


Atlas LTA Advanced Technology has brought airship manufacturing to Israel for the first time. The company presents leading experts from around the world in the unique field of lighter-than-air technology and chose Israel as its base. This location allows relatively easy transportation of materials and components, which are carefully collected from all over the world. The well-developed aerospace ecosystem in Israel is also a great source of the highly-qualified personnel, facilities and state-of-the-art technologies required to design and produce contemporary airships and aerostats. This new, promising industry is set to make our lives better, safer and cleaner.


Israel tech company OrCam wins German innovation prize

OrCam’s MyEye attaches to the frame of any set of eyeglasses, and can read text gathered from both printed and digital surfaces into the ear of the wearer in real time.

A week after the announcement that soccer star Lionel Messi would become the face of the Israeli tech company OrCam, which makes devices that help the visually impaired identify their surroundings, the company won Germany’s NRW.INVEST AWARD, becoming the first Israeli company to do so.

OrCam is currently a leader in the development of computer vision and artificial intelligence-based wearable technologies, designed to provide independence to the blind, visually impaired, people with reading and learning difficulties, the hard-of-hearing and other groups.


InprisWay ensures drivers watch the road, drive safely.

Users can answer calls and text messages, find the best route, and change music choices all with the flick of a thumb while keeping their eyes on the road.

Israeli technology company Inpris offers drivers an innovative way to increase their safety on the road while keeping up to date with e-communication, with a simple device that can be installed on their steering wheel. On Monday, the Transportation Ministry announced a tax reform meant to increase road safety, showing how in demand such technology is.

Called InprisWay, the device has four arrows, each arrow allowing the user to control how to respond to e-communication from their phone. When a text is received, the driver doesn’t need to glance at the phone to see if it’s important, by flicking a thumb the AI will read out who the message is from and what it is. The driver can respond by speaking a message that will be texted later, or simply use his thumb to send “I’m driving” to the other end.


Ramat HaNegev and Yuma, Arizona signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday night promising to work together in multitude of areas pertaining to the desert climate to which they both inhabit.

The two cities will collaborate in sectors such as desert agriculture and technologies, desert tourism, broadband, water usage and conservation, aerospace, education, border control and other possible opportunities for economic growth within these areas.


Ibex Medical Analytics Wins UK Award to Accelerate Adoption of AI-Powered Cancer

Detection in the NHS

Ibex was selected among the first ever winners of the AI in Health and Care Award, sharing £50 million to enable a study of Ibex’s AI technology across multiple NHS trusts

Ibex Medical Analytics [an Israeli company], the pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI)-based cancer diagnostics, has won a share of a £50 million fund as part of the UK’s AI in Health and Care Award for accelerating the rollout of healthcare projects with promising AI technologies across the NHS. The award is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSx and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


Tel Aviv Sourasky Center (also known as Ichilov Hospital), the largest acute care facility in Israel, announced this month that it will implement a surgical intelligence platform that leverages advanced artificial intelligence and computer vision tech to scan real-world surgical procedures in order to provide insights on best surgical practices and reduce medical errors, enabling surgeons to improve their performance and training.

The platform, developed by Theator, a US-Israeli startup co-founded by Dr. Tamir Wolf and Dotan Asselmann, provides video analytics that enables surgeons to review and assess — for the first time — a recently completed hours-long procedure in just minutes. The platform, which is backed by a core team and an advisory board that includes top surgeons, extracts and annotates every key moment from a procedure to allow surgeons to review their work from every angle — from pre-op preparation to post-op analysis and debrief.


Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has contributed to the world…..?

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