Rescue crews using Israeli tech to maintain contact with Thai soccer team

July 9, 2018 by Mara Vigevani - TPS
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An  Israeli technology is providing voice and video communications between rescue workers and 12 teenage members of a soccer team and their coach who have been stranded underground for more than two weeks in Tham Luang, northern Thailand.

Maxtech Networks, an Israeli technology that allows smart devices to communicate with one another even in extreme situations and in the absence of reception. The idea is elementary: The instruments work together like rings in a chain. Each device creates a bridge with the next one, to allow continuous transmission of data, between the first and last element of the relay.

Moshe Ashkenazi, a local sales agent for Maxtech, arranged for rescue teams to use the devices soon after the team was trapped by flooding in a cave system on June 23. He said that members of the Thai military asked for help in communicating with the team; software engineer Yuval Zalmanov set out from Israel with 17 of the company’s signature radio units, trained emergency crews how to use the technology and the devices were in use less than 12 hours later.

Uzi Hanuni, CEO of Maxtech, said he first thought of the idea to create reception technology that does not rely on direct lines of sight to be used in emergency situations while watching rescue efforts on September 11, 2001.  Since then, said Boaz Dagan, the director of development at Maxtech, the technology has become standard issue for search-and-rescue crews around the world.

“Our device is used when there is a vacuum in communication,” Dagan said.



2 Responses to “Rescue crews using Israeli tech to maintain contact with Thai soccer team”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    Yes, it is impressive and yes, I know about it. But listening to TV & radio and reading the papers, one would not know that Israel made any contribution to the rescue. Pretty well par for the course.

    • Adrian Jackson says:

      News items I saw mentioned countries helping, including Israel.

      Other countries helping Thailand included nearby Laos, Burma plus overseas countries like Australia, UK, USA and China.

      Thailand should be commended for the professional operation they commander

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