MobileODT will participate in India’s ambitious nationwide project for cervical cancer early detection

Tel-Aviv MobileODT Company, which have developed a novel AI-based kit enabling non specialists to diagnose normal and abnormal cervical findings using the smartphone, will be part of a comprehensive unprecedented national cervical cancer screening project in India. India contributes to nearly 1/5th of all cervical cancer cases in the world, and the main purpose of this project is to increase early detection rates of cervical cancer. The objective of this project is quite ambitious: to let all women between the ages of 30 and 65 years, across India to take the test. This will be the most comprehensive and largest survey project ever conducted in India.

The project will be run by Karkinos Healthcare company, specialized in technologies for early cancer detection, in collaboration with GenWorks Health, MobileODT’s exclusive distributor in India. The tests will be conducted by World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) DNA test for early detection of cervical cancer among women followed by colposcopy exam. In the current project, the colposcopy exams will be performed using MobilODT’s device. According to MobileODT’s estimation, around 5,000 EVA kits will be used in the project.

“We are extremely proud that the EVA technology has been selected to be part of this endeavor together with our partner Genworks, in this effort to eliminate cervical cancer in India. This is one of the largest national programs of its kind” says Leon Boston, MobileODT’s CEO,” our unique algorithm, allows an unprecedented screening at scale, that can be life saving for many women around the world”.

A Mobile Colposcopy Using Smartphones

MobileODT, which was established in 2012 and is now run by the CEO Leon Boston, developed an inexpensive and mobile kit called EVA System, which is based on the smartphone’s photography and processing abilities and allows it to perform the vaginal colposcopy. The kit includes a zoom lense that is attached to the smartphone camera and a powerful lighting unit that allows clear imaging of the cervix. After the test, the images can be sent to gynecologists and experts through the application for diagnosis. In addition, the product also includes a smart decoding of the test, based on algorithms developed using machine learning performed on large databases of patient’s cervical imaging.

This assessment allows nurses, midwives and therapists to simply perform the diagnostic test even in remote locations and countries in which medical infrastructure is lacking, and thus help lessen the cervical cancer mortality rates. The EVA System kit which received FDA approval in 2016, is sold today in about 30 countries and is in use in 60 clinics in the US.

Redler to partner with Virtual Forest in the Indian Micro-EV market

Redler Technologies, specializing in solutions with international patents in the areas of electrical power and motion technologies, has entered into a strategic alliance with Virtual Forest (VF) of India. VF develops technologies for micro electric vehicles (Micro-EV) for two- and three-wheel vehicles for the Indian and Southeast Asian markets. In doing so, Israeli technology will, for the first time, be an integral part of the Micro-EV markets in India and Asia.  Redler Technologies will supply innovative motion solutions for the accelerating Micro-EV markets as part of the green electricity revolution taking place in India and her region.

Cooperation between the companies will include integration of new technology solutions including Redler Technologies flagship products, from development to production, integration, and support together with VF, while adjusting to the new and unique demands of two- and three-wheel EV vehicles. Both companies will together invest 5.5 million USD in the initial stage.

The motion controllers’ market is experiencing steady growth in line with exponential growth of the EV markets in India and Southeast Asia. In 2021, this market saw a turnover of 3.8 million dollars, which is expected to multiply over 30 times to a value of 267 million dollars in 2025.

This forecast is based on, amongst other factors, national plans as announced by the Indian government and Mr. Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, for two- and three-wheel EVs to become 80% of the EV market by 2030.  The two- and three-wheel market is a significant portion of the annual number of new electric vehicles rolled out and is expected to reach annual sales in the billions of dollars worldwide. With 17.4 million new two- and three-wheel sold in 2020, compared to 2.7 million cars (a ratio of 6.5 to 1) and where only 1.6% of all new cars on the roads are green energy [EV’s], the growth potential in this market is very high.

VF operates in a growing market while focusing on new innovations in EV in India and the region, addressing two main issues: their geographical area is responsible for one third of the world’s carbon emissions due to the overwhelming reliance on two- and three-wheel vehicles operating on petroleum. And secondly, the high cost of petroleum in relation to the average income as a result of India’s dependence on imported fuel.

Guy Natanson, CEO of Redler Technologies, says “We are excited to be part of the burgeoning revolution in this particularly important market of EV two- and three-wheel vehicles. The choice to partner with VF was ideal for both companies since the synergies between our technologies will enable us to build a better future, advance green technology and zero vehicle carbon emissions which is at the forefront of economic and political agendas in this region and around the world.”

Omer Basith, Co-Founder and Partner in VFadds “We see the importance in our strategic cooperation with Redler Technologies. Together we provide an important message of localizing technology that enables us to take the EV industry in India and the region toward a better future.”

Virtual Forest is among India’s fastest-growing Electronics Systems Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies. With its R&D Lab in Bangalore, is already designing and developing energy-saving, yet cost-efficient Motor Controllers and Human Interface technologies for several top Consumer Durables brands in the industry.

Established in 1994, Redler specializes in developing and marketing electrical power and motion management solutions for the automotive and defense industries. The company’s advanced, innovative, embedded and patented DC motion control drivers [Redler holds a patent that enables utilization of up to 25energy saving] and smart power PDU  and circuit breakers help keep customer’s platforms in a wide range of vertical markets – robotics motion control, automotive and AGV.

India’s Navy purchased Smart Shooter’s smart sights to combat chinese drones

Against the backdrop of renewed tensions in recent months between China and India in the eastern Ladakh region, the Indian Ministry of Defence has signed a procurement contract with the Smart Shooter company from Israel in order to purchase the company’s smart shooting system for the Indian Navy. The system is mounted on small arms and zeroes in on the target using AI-based image processing to help the soldier fire accurately. The Indian Ministry of Defence has decided to purchase the upgraded system, Smash 2000 Plus, which is also designed to intercept drones. It was not stated what was the scope of the order and what are the delivery dates.

At a press conference held on December 4 on the occasion of the Indian Navy Day, the navy chief of staff Admiral Karambir Singh said that the acquisition of the Israeli sights was intended to address the possible use of attack drones by China. As part of its military deployment in the area, the Indian Navy also stationed Israel IAI’s Heron UAVs, a Boeing P-i8 naval reconnaissance aircraft and MQ-9B Sea Guardian UAVs from the American General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

The rifle becomes smarter

The Admiral announced that the Navy intends to purchase additional submarines and even aircraft carriers. “The Indian Navy is determined to protect our national interests.” There is a long-standing border dispute between China and India at various points along the Ladakh province of the Kashmir region. In May, against the backdrop of infrastructure work being carried out by India in the Galwan River Valley, the conflict intensified and escalated into an armed conflict in which 20 Indian soldiers and 43 Chinese soldiers were killed. Since then there have been several more incidents in the area and the Indian Army has directed many forces to the area. Although Ladakh is very far from the sea, tensions between China and India may also spill over into the maritime arena.

Smart Shooter was founded by two former members of Rafael’s missile division, CEO Michal Mor and CTO Avshalom Erlich. It has developed the Smash Fire Control System to be mounted on top of every assault rifle using a rail. The system zeroes in on the target using electro-optical sensors and monitors it using AI-based image processing algorithm. An automatic tracking allows the soldier to aim effortlessly, and when the weapon is positioned at the right angle – the trigger is released automatically.

[Pictured above: India’s Coast Guard ships. Photo: Indian Navy]

NanoLock will secure tens of millions of smart meters in India

The israeli industrial cyber security company NanoLock has announced a strategic collaboration with Genus Power Infrastructures, the largest electricity infrastructure company in India. The Indian electricity market has been undergoing in recent years a rapid transition into smart grids and the use of smart meters, and GPI is the leading smart meters manufacturer in the country. As part of the collaboration, Nanolock’s solution will be integrated into GPI’s smart meters and will provide protection against power fraud and cyber attacks on the grid.

The collaboration with GPI may lead to the deployment of tens of millions of smart meters equipped with the Nanolock solution. GPI is the main supplier of smart meters to India’s largest electricity company, EESL, which recently announced an ambitious plan to deploy some 240 million smart meters across the country by 2023. It is estimated that GPI will supply EESL with at least 50% of all meters. In August, GPI announced that it had already supplied EESL with about 1.5 million smart meters, and it produces 10 million smart meters a year.

Founded in 2016, NanoLock’s solution provides device level protection for IoT and industrial equipment, with minimal power, processing and memory footprint, and is therefore particularly suitable for IoT devices with limited processing resources and scant battery power such as smart meters in the gas, water and electricity industries.

NanoLock’s CEO Eran Fein told Techtime: “Our solution sits between the Flash memory and the CPU, where all the device settings are located. It blocks any attempt to alter critical settings and write to the memory, and reports any such incident to the server.” NanoLock is working with major utilities, industrial companies, and large ecosystem partners in Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Netherlands, the U.S.¸ and Israel.

Power outage during a religious festival

Driven by rising emissions¸ energy resource constraints and outdated infrastructure¸ the global smart meter market is growing in demand. “The smart meter market is booming¸ but so too are the potential cyberthreats. Utilities and smart city solutions providers are confronting new attacks all the time and any connected device could be the entry point for attackers.”

Smart meters can be manipulated by hackers, that by altering the device reading are frauduently lowering their electricity bill. Northeast Group estimated in a report dated a few years ago that the total losses arise from electricity theft amounts to about $ 96 billion globally a year.

Smart meters vulnerabilities can also put the entire power grid at risk. In August, during an Hindu holiday, power outage affected some 300,000 households in the Uttar Pradesh state in India for several hours. An inspection by the authorities revealed that the fault was due to an error made by a technician who tried to change the settings in one of the smart meters, causing a chain reaction that distrupted the entire grid.

Fein claims Nanolock’s solution provides protection not only from intentional electricity scams but also from wrong doing by employees with access. “It was a wake-up call for the electricity market in India and exemplified the importance of cyber security. Our solution could have prevented this glitch.”