Smart Cities, Californian Water Tech and More –This Week from the Startup Nation

March 29, 2016

3 Israeli Companies to Help Establish Brazilian Smart City

In recent years, the smart cities trend has expanded to also include monitoring companies which measure resource utilization like lights on public streets. When there is no vehicular or foot traffic on a given street, these companies can decrease the amount of lights that are active, thus offering the city significant savings. Other monitoring firms track water usage in public parks, trash collection, and other city services. Twelve Israeli tech firms participated in the 3C Smart Cities Challenge held in Tel Aviv with cooperation from the Brazilian government, Italian group Planet Idea, the Tel Aviv University center for entrepreneurship Startau, and the Israeli innovation center from global security conglomerate Tyco.

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UN Turns to Israel for Advice on Inclusion of Disabled

Seeking insights on inclusion, the UN has turned to Beit Issie Shapiro, a leading Israeli facility in Ra’anana that was awarded “special consultative status” to the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2012. Benjy Maor, the organization’s global resource development director, addressed a UN conference a week ago on World Down Syndrome Day on the topic of “Changing Attitudes as Leverage for Social Inclusion,” reviewing Beit Issie Shapiro’s extensive research on attitude change and the different innovations created by the organization to promote inclusion within all age groups.

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Start-Up’s ‘Motor Mouth’ Tech Makes Dental Implants Easier to Swallow

Implants can be tough on patients. It takes as long as six months for an implant to “take” and integrate itself to the jawbone (a process known as osseointegration), and success is not at all guaranteed. To help things along, an Israeli medical technology firm called Magdent has developed an electromagnetic-based technology that, according to studies by the company and research in the bone field, can considerably speed up the osseointegration process and improve bone quality in patients who are having trouble getting their implants in place.

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No More Texting While Driving: Radiomize Keeps Your Eyes on the Road, Saves Lives

We all know texting while driving is dangerous, yet we still do it – we just can’t help ourselves. Now, safety no longer has to be comprised. Israeli startup Radiomize has created a steering wheel cover embedded with text-to-speech technology and a matching mobile app. This patented gadget fits most vehicles, allowing drivers to control their phones without taking their focus off the road. According to Radiomize, its technology can reduce distracted driving by 23 percent.