Foundation Funds Motorola Israel Project for Public-Safety Video Analytics
Thursday, January 04, 2018 | Comments

The board of governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation approved $7.75 million in funding for nine new projects between U.S. and Israeli companies, including one for public safety. Motorola Solutions Israel and Neurala in Boston received funding to develop on-edge video analytics for public safety.

Additional communications projects approved include funding for RunEL NGMT and Anokiwave to develop a 5G cellular communications platform and for NSLComm and Space Micro to develop high-bandwidth communications for nano-satellites.

In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to about $19.3 million. The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions.

The remaining projects involve anaerobic wastewater treatment for food processing plants, a medical household device for skin cancer evaluation, a variable rate pesticide application based on in-field observations, a system that aggregates high-resolution satellite imagery with crowd sourced mobile user information, artificial intelligence (AI) optimized care for the elderly and crop abiotic stress detection and prevention.

Evaluators appointed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority review projects submitted to the foundation.

"The BIRD Foundation is a special manifestation of the strong relationship between Israel and the U.S., fostering collaboration based on Israel's innovation and technology, to achieve competitive advantage, economic growth and social contribution, in both countries,” said Eli Cohen, Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry.

The deadline for submission of executive summaries for the next BIRD cycle is March 1. Approval of projects will take place in June.

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