- Written by Silvia G. Golan
Starting Today: A Mobile Key for Every Vehicle in Israel
COBRA announces the Israeli launch of Mobile-Key technology, which enables car doors to be opened and closed and the motor to be switched on and off without a key using a dedicated smartphone app
A new groundbreaking technology is now available in Israel that provides all drivers with the same advanced features enabled by the key fobs offered by Tesla and other luxury car manufacturers. It is suitable for vehicles ordered directly from car importers and can also be installed in many late model vehicles now on the roads.
It is not uncommon for drivers to forget the car keys, even several times a year, or even lose them. Duplicating an original key is expensive and can cost between NIS 1,000 to NIS 4,000 depending on the vehicle manufacturer. Thankfully, as of today, this innovative development means that the original car keys are no longer needed.
The End of Car Keys
COBRA’s Mobile-Key is an innovative and safe way to open and lock your car using your smartphone. It is an efficient and convenient solution that can be installed in vehicles by car importers as well as those already on the road. Either way, Mobile-Key provides the exact same functions as the key fobs that come with a Tesla and other brand-name luxury cars. Those functions include opening and closing doors, moving the vehicle, opening the trunk, and flashing the lights, all in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer's specifications.
Mobile-Key, which is based on BLE technology, operates using Bluetooth within 15 square meters from the vehicle in an urban environment, and is secured using the most sophisticated encryption available. Even following installation, however, the key can continue to be used, so the driver has the option to open the vehicle either manually or via the app.
Due to the capabilities of the original key fobs provided by the vehicle manufacturer, there is no need to carry Mobile-Key with you at all times. COBRA’s “blue and white” technology makes it possible to share and unshare access over laptops with as many as five additional users via the app and the Mobile-Key card. The solution also includes a fail-safe module that allows the vehicle key to be left with a valet parking service in a parking lot.
“We are excited to be the first to make the most talked-about technology accessible to the Israeli market, both through the country’s largest car importers as well as in the aftermarket environment, enabling it to be installed immediately in hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the roads,” COBRA states. “We are proud of our leadership role in the industry, so it is a source of satisfaction for us that we are now able to afford all Israeli drivers a life without car keys. It’s a convenient and accessible solution that will undoubtedly save the forgetful among us a lot of money on duplicating keys.”
“Of course, we will also be actively collaborating with institutional customers, car importers and car rental companies, for whom this is a necessary tool for emphasizing their uncompromising innovation. In the coming months we plan to expand our activities and launch the product abroad, with the first phase planned in the United States and Europe.”
System installation, connection to the vehicle’s electrical system and standard synchronization take 60 minutes and can be completed by a qualified technician at the customer's home. Mobile-Key can usually be installed in vehicles with a built-in power button that have been on the road since 2014. Some manufacturers, however, will allow installation in even older vehicles, so in those cases it is recommended to check with them directly.
The recommended retail price of Mobile-Key is NIS 1,190 NIS plus VAT. The cost of the system includes installation at the customer premises.
The dedicated Mobile-Key app is available for download on various iOS and Android devices at https://m-key.co.il.
*** The brand names are registered trademarks of their respective owners. The use of any brand name is intended solely for the presentation of similar technology and does not imply any connection between Cobra and those brands.
Cobra is a veteran leader in the fields of automotive safety and protection systems, multimedia devices and comfort solutions. For more than three decades, it has manufactured, imported, marketed and installed a wide range of technologically innovative products that are at the forefront of the automotive industry.
The company distributes advanced navigation and entertainment and communication systems, comfort and safety accessories, parking sensors, front and rear auxiliary cameras, rear monitors, innovative vehicle protection systems, luxury design products, and various complementary systems. It specializes in complex installations in all types of vehicles. The company also acts as an independent contractor for carrying out installations for Delek Motors.
New launch of mobile Key from Cobra's development.
Photo of the Mobile Key+ Video :Credit: Cobra.
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- Written by Silvia G. Golan
For the first time, unique smart artificial technology adapted to managing a country's water infrastructures for achieving significant increased energetic efficiency.
For the first time, an Israeli technological group in the artificial intelligence field has lead and established a pioneering venture for managing the water infrastructure system in the country – In Israel. "Mekorot", which is one of the leading water corporations in the world in managing water infrastructures and technology associated with water, has chosen “Evolution Water” and has decided to assimilate “Evolution Water’s” technology into the company’s systems and to be Evolution Water’s strategic partner in Israel and, afterwards, throughout the world.
"Evolution Water" CEO Amir Yaar: I am proud to be involved in such a unique strategic business procedure, which constitutes business promise and will enable significantly increased energetic efficiency for both “Mekorot” and the State of Israel in general, via managerial access and supportive worldview in reinforcing environmental quality in Israel and the world by realizing the aspiration “to do more and better – with less effort". I am happy to be included in the winning team that includes “the Evolution Group” and “Mekorot” led by Mekorot CEO, Mr. Eli Cohen and Mr. Motti Shiri, Engineering and Technology VP at Mekorot and to be a partner in a procedure that will generate a global revolution in management streamlining and increased strategic efficiency of the infrastructures in the country, using artificial intelligence.”
For the first time, an Israeli technological group in the artificial intelligence field has managed to establish and lead a pioneering venture in the water infrastructures field, which will develop, promote, manage and commercialize technologies for electricity economies in the drinking, effluent and reclaimed water carrier systems. Mekorot has chosen "Evolution Water” from the “Evolution Networks” Group, to be the company and technology for executing increased energetic efficiency in its systems. “Mekorot,” the Israeli national water corporation, expected to increase efficiency and reduce its electricity costs by 10-18 percent gradually. Reference is to annual costs of NIS 800-900 million, comprising about 10% of the State of Israel’s annual electricity consumption cost.
The parent company, "Evolution Networks," (www.evolution-networks.com is the first Israeli startup in which, together with General Electric, the Energy Division of Berkshire Hathaway invested (Warren Buffet) in 2015 and, two years ago, strategic investors from Japan and Hong Kong also joined them. The subsidiary “Evolution Water,” focuses on plotting and implementing artificial wisdom-based strategic increased energetic efficiency for countries by assimilating it into the water infrastructures and is part of the group’s strategic perception of establishing various ventures in the various infrastructure fields, together with international strategic partners. In addition to the water field, the group leads project in electricity, mobile and datacenter fields and additional ventures in development.
The water arena has become a center of discussion and interest in the infrastructures field because of the ongoing climate crisis and global warming, in the wake of which experts fear that, in the future, there will not be sufficient water for the global population. Water economics and water, air and electricity resource economies were defined in the Paris Agreement, the international treaty (that was established in November 2015 and, which, recently, the new President, Joe Biden, declared the US would readopt), as essential for continued existence on planet Earth. “Evolution Water” has unique technological capabilities and the revolutionary applications that it has developed, enable total management of the countrie’s water systems. “Mekorot” has chosen to be “Evolution Water’s” first strategic customer, as well as to invest in a joint company.
Amir Yaar, “Evolution Water’s” CEO, is a highly experienced international entrepreneur, who leads a number of technological companies: “The capabilities of the unique technology together with the appreciated strategic cooperation with “Mekorot” will, for the first time, enable deployment and expansion to a global level and adopting solutions and advantages by governments and government water corporations throughout the world. We will strive to attain increased energetic efficiency and improved environmental, national and global safety, an additional contribution of Israel to the world that reinforces its status as "an environment nation” and not only as “a startup nation.”
Yaar adds that because of monitoring and processing a database that is considered as superior, such as that weighs and integrates the activity of interfaced systems, understanding the patterns and predication of the big-data is translated for substantially increasing energetic efficiency - "Evolution Water"’s system studies and can study activity templates of the national water corporations in every country and executes optimization of the components in the database: Switching off according to consumption, decreasing loads at the data centers, directing activity during emergencies and other developments according to need. The system executes optimization after the charting stage, in order to trace patterns and predict them in advance.
According to Yaar, in accordance with the expectations of the research entities and experts – the global demand for water will increase by tens of percentage points by 2030 in comparison with the ability for an optimal supply at present (especially in the undeveloped continents and countries). The understanding that improving water productivity and other trends in the field such as an increased supply are expected to provide a solution and supplement half of the shortfall, is seeping into the cognition of decision-makers. It is also clear to anyone involved in the matter that the remaining half will come from an investment in infrastructures, reform in water policy and developing new technologies and management capabilities including the assistance of artificial intelligence.
He adds, “I am happy to be a part of the winning team that includes “the Evolution Group” and “Mekorot” led by Mekorot CEO, Eli Cohen and Mr. Motti Shiri Engineering and Technology VP and to be a partner in a procedure that will generate a global revolution of management streamlining and increased strategic efficiency in the infrastructures in the country using artificial intelligence".
Without an increase and significant development of increased efficiency and management in the global water infrastructures field, a significant global strategic challenge expected in view of the following trends:
- Global warming at an average additional temperature of at least 2-3 degrees Celsius
- Rapid population growth, primarily in Asia
- Climatic changes and pollution and their effect on rainfall cycles
- The need to continue investing in water infrastructures and prevent the erosion of existing water infrastructures and the need to renew them including preventing leaks and loss of water in the dams and distribution system
- A substantial increase in the entire desalinization issue
- Challenges that humanity is facing following the Covid 19 virus pandemic
"Evolution Water's" algorithm analyzes the gamut of the water systems activity holistically, while assimilating the “brain” into the brain of the existing complex and heavy systems. The system executes management and commercial optimization after the charting stage, traces patterns and predicts them in advance. Such capabilities enable new standards in all associated with managing water infrastructure systems etc.
This transaction is accompanied by Deloitte Israel and by Atty. at Law Ziv Preis from the Lipa Meir Law Offices.
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- Written by Silvia G. Golan
An Israeli patent-protected invention, registered in 58 countries, including the USA. Bakbuk – An Ingenious Simple & Effective Recycling Solution for plastic beverage bottles around the globe
reduces the plastic bottle's volume by 80%
The global plastic bottles crisis is getting worse by the minute. 480 billion plastic bottles are sold every year, a number that is steadily growing, and according to recent studies is expected to reach 583 billion by 2021.
As of today, Coca Cola alone is responsible for the manufacturing of 120 billion bottles a year. Even more alarming is that less than 14% of these plastic bottles get recycled.
A report by the Ellen McArthur Foundation predicts that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish. This disaster has become the major concern of governments around the world, as exemplified by the deposit fee schemes recently implemented worldwide. Over 130 million people in various European countries benefit from recycling deposit schemes. In Norway, for example, the deposit is about 25 cents euros.
Maurice Amsellem, a French-Israeli businessman and CEO of ECOAMS PLANET, a company that develops products to address sustainability and environmental issues, recently launched Bakbuk - a simple and efficient recycling solution for plastic bottles, a world-class patent registered in 58 countries, including the USA.
At the heart of this ingenious invention is an elastic band that fits on the plastic beverage bottle and helps to optimally shrink it, resulting in an 80% reduction of the beverage bottles' volume.
The idea is that purchasing a plastic beverage bottle equipped with this elastic band allows consumers to take part in the recycling effort by easily shrinking the bottle and reducing its volume by 80%. This helps save significant storage space and in turn reduces by a factor of 5 the frequency of visits to the nearest recycling center.
The unique features of the elastic rubber band at the heart of the patent are that it can be applied to all PET bottles, it is tailor-made for the food industry, it is recyclable and meets all the necessary standards.
According to Maurice Amsellem:"Bakbuk revolutionizes the recycling process at every level: for the consumer - it is simple to use and efficient, it reduces the number of trips to the recycling bin by 5 times, and provides a tremendous ecological solution concerning the catastrophic global plastic pollution, worldwide. In addition, for the recycling company - it reduces the number of trips to the recycling plants, diminishes transportation and compacting costs and increases overall efficiency and productivity. And lastly, for the beverage manufacturers - it provides a solution for sustainable development goals, a "circular economy" solution, and a solution relevant to the consumers."
This is a product that had already received the approval of consumer around the world.
Market research was conducted by leading research companies in the world including:
Ipsos, Nielsen and Geocartography, among consumers in the United States, Germany, Japan and Israel.
To the question How important do you feel this invention is? The vast majority of the respondents - 78% of the respondents in Israel, 91% of the respondents in the United States, 63% of the respondents in Germany and 74% of the respondents in Japan – answered that this invention is Very Important.
A new study conducted by KANTAR research company in Norway, which results were received this week, indicates that in that country, which is a global leader when it comes to the recycling of plastic bottles, where the percentage of bottles' recycling is 97%, the respondents found the patent to be very important due to the fact that it greatly facilitates the transfer of the plastic bottles to the collection point, on their path to the recycling plant.
The purpose of this new invention is to help every player in the recycling circuit, including the beverage manufacturers who are under enormous pressure with regards to the issue of the recycling of plastic bottles, and a testimony to that is Coca-Cola's advertising campaign in the summer of 2019, which conveyed the following message:
'Don't buy Coca-Cola if you don't help us recycle!'
A message reflecting the grave absence of an immediate solution.
The image positioning of the major beverage manufacturers is in bad shape these days.
According to an audit conducted by Break Free From Plastic which recently presented
Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo as the world's leading plastic pollutants.
Maurice Amsellem notes: "The giant corporations, who are constantly under the scrutiny of the global media regarding the issue of providing relevant recycling solutions, promise to make every endeavor to provide a solution to the plastic bottles pollution problem, a solution that might be effective decades from now, but no effective action is being taken today."
He adds: "I believe that our company's smart, simple and efficient recycling solution can immediately address the recycling problems of the major beverage companies and thus help solve the environmental pollution problem that is exacerbating the most severe ecological calamity humanity has ever seen."
Visit the company's website for more information about Bakbuk:
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- Written by Talma Gotteiner
IsraToys a leading Israeli toy manufacturer that specializes in the development of board games and educational games related to Judaism is recommending a few of their new games for the upcoming Chanukah holiday.
Their puzzles do not require any adaptation for English speakers. The other games should be translated from Hebrew by an adult before the children can play with them, but afterward, they do not require the use of any language skills.
Tfos Gamad (meaning 'Catch the Dwarf')
This game is a competitive family game for 2-4 players aged 6 and up.
The idea is that dwarfs are likable creatures, but are also very high-spirited. They like to tease people by hiding their unattended belongings. The only way to get the objects back is to find the naughty dwarfs.
The object of the game is to try and identify the turning dwarf first. Pay attention to the details: What does its beard look like? What about the shoes? What hat is the dwarf wearing? The more details you identify, the faster you can win the game!
Each player receives a set of identification cards. The first round starts by putting a silhouette card into a slot that is located in the middle of the rotating stage. A dwarf card is then placed behind the silhouette card (no peeking!). A marble is then released from a ramp. The marble will roll down, push the lever and cause the stage to turn round. The players need to look at the rapidly spinning dwarf and quickly absorb all its identifying details so that they can create a copy of the dwarf by using their identification card set.
The player who managed to put together the most correct dwarf parts in the round receives the dwarf card from the stage.
In the end, the player who collected the most game cards is the winner!
The game develops response time, agility, memory, visual perception and strengthens fine motor skills, .
Expected duration: 25 minutes.
Each game contains:
- 4 identification kits containing 16 cards each (4 hats, 4 faces, 4 beards, and 4 legs so that each set of 4 cards makes up a dwarf)
- 1 rotating stage
- 24 two-sided cards with different dwarf figures painted on them.
- 1 marble
- 1 silhouette card
Isratoys has a large array of puzzles between 48 pieces to 1,000 pieces per box. They also have additional types including mini-puzzles, magnet puzzles, and floor puzzles. The branded puzzles include all the kid's favorites: Superheroes, Superwings, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Fireman Sam, Smurfs, Tom and Jerry, Hello Kitty and Barbie.
"Isratoys" games and kits are available in the toy stores and chains
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- Written by Talma Gotteiner
Ever since Liran Inbar opened Top Cinema ten years ago, the company has become a great success in audio and video systems, smart home, control systems etc. Liran is now launching the first complex in the country that combines the world of sound and smart home with luxury home appliances.
A decade ago, Liran Inbar decided to further his 20 years of professional experience by establishing his innovative business, Top Cinema. Ever since Top Cinema has become Israel's leading company in the design and installment of audio-video systems, smart homes, security solutions and control systems. The complex offers creative solutions utilizing a wide range of technological devices, from the best in Israel and worldwide designed for the home, work space and public spaces.
Liran decided to open the new year with a new display complex at 13 Lehi Street, Bnei Brak. In the new showroom you will find a wide variety of technological solutions for interior designers, architects and home owners for audio - video equipment, design of a smart home, luxury appliances and more.
The new concept is an experiential complex that displays leading brands such as: De Dietrich, Miele and Gorenje all of which combine advanced technology with outstanding meticulous design by international designers.
For more information on the company services and complex contact details, please refer to the full article on:
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