Israel has developed a laser-based system to intercept incendiary balloons and drones launched from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Strip, local media reported Thursday.
The Hebrew language newspaper Israel Hayom quoted the Israeli police as saying that the system, named Light Blade, is the first in the world to demonstrate operational ability to shoot down such balloons and drones.
Palestinians in Gaza have been launching attacks at Israel with incendiary balloons and kites, which usually cause fires in the fields in southern Israel's settlements.
Drones carrying several types of explosives have also been launched into Israel in the past.
This led the Israeli police, together with the Israeli army and three civilian electro-optic experts, to develop this system, the report said.
After an incendiary balloon is detected, the system will lock it down and shoot it with a unique laser beam. In the case of a drone, the system could burn parts of it to bring it down.
The Israeli police said the system does not endanger other airborne factors in the target area, adding that the low cost of the system will enable rapid deployment.
Russia has announced the successful countrywide test of an alternative to global internet as experts fear that the policy could lead to repression of free speech.
Although details of the test are vague, the Russian Ministry of Communications claimed that ordinary users did not notice any changes, reports BBC.
The results will now be presented to President Putin.
Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey said the Russian move is “another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet”.
He noted that authoritarian countries that want to control what their citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done.
This means people will not have access to dialogue about what is going on in their own country. “They will be kept within their own bubble," he noted.
The initiative involves restricting the points at which Russia's version of the net connects to its global counterpart, giving the government more control over what its citizens can access.
Russia plans to create its own Wikipedia and politicians have passed a bill that bans the sale of smartphones that do not have Russian software pre-installed.
Justin Sherman, a cyber-security policy fellow at the New America think tank, told the BBC that without more information about this test, it is hard to assess exactly how far Russia has progressed in the path towards an isolatable domestic internet.
Local news agencies, including Pravda, reported the deputy head of the Ministry of Communications had said that the tests of the scheme had gone as planned.
(With inputs from BBC)
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched an innovation center in the central city of Ramat Gan on Tuesday, in collaboration with the global accelerator company Starburst Aerospace.
The government-owned IAI said in its statement that the new center will support the implementation of its strategy which focuses on business performance, growth and profits.
The innovation center will work as a startup accelerator to support the advanced technology projects.
The center's innovation methodologies will encourage technological diversity and in-house entrepreneurship, while collaborating with startup companies.
In its first year, the center is expected to focus on technological challenges in the pre-seed stage, in partnerships with startups and large organizations.
The hi-tech teams selected to join the center will develop technologies such as aerospace artificial intelligence, innovative radar technology and robotics.
IAI CEO Nimrod Sheffer said that the innovation center is another step in the company's strategy to encourage individual, business and entrepreneurial excellence.
The government is going to make a National Strategy to use Blockchain Technology in different domains, including governance, banking and finance, agriculture, health and cyber security for reducing both cost and corruption, and ensuring transparency, officials said.
They said the emergence of Blockchain Technology will open up the window of opportunities to build and utilise a system where every possible state and interaction are verifiable by any authorised entities.
“Steps have been taken to make a separate policy, strategy and guideline on emerging technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics to use its potential for economic development,” said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
He said the government is very much aware about the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that would create both challenges and opportunities.
“We want to utilise fully the potentials and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through mitigating its challenges,” Palak said.
Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb said the cutting-edge Blockchain Technology has already been incorporated in training certificates rendered by the BCC to check fraudulent practices.
As part of its plan to organise a series of workshops and seminars to take opinions of experts and academia for making a national strategy on blockchain of the Leveraging ICT for Growth and Employment of the IT-ITES Industry Project of BCC, two workshops have already been within a couple of weeks. .
Managing Director of Techno Haven Habibullah Karim, Executive Directior of Economic Research Group (ERG) Dr Sazzad Zahir, Managing Director and CEO of IPDC Finance Ltd Mominul Islam, Managing Director of The Computers Ltd Khondkar Atique E Rabbani, Assistant Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of Shahjalal Science and Technology University (SUST) Md Sadek Ferdous, Managing Director of bdtask Sumch Muhammad Tarek were, among others, attended the workshop held at the LICT conference room.
Sazzad said a comprehensive research should be launched to identify the domains where blockchain application can be used.
IT-ITES Policy Adviser of ICT Division Sami Ahmed who moderated the function said a national strategy is needed on blockchain to use its application potential in different domains such as governance, land, agriculture, health, banking and finance and cyber security.
Depending on which country they're from, the kids may ask about Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nick or Santa Claus.
But they all want to know one thing: where in the world the jolly old man and his sleigh full of gifts are on Christmas Eve.
For the 64th time, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa's progress to millions around the globe.
And this year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is offering even more high-tech ways for children and parents to follow along.
Operation NORAD Tracks Santa has evolved from a misdirected telephone call in 1955, to a trailer parked outside the command's former lair deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, to NORAD 's modern-day headquarters at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base.
Along the way, the tens of thousands of telephone calls fielded by NORAD volunteers each year have been augmented by an explosion of technology that lets millions track St. Nick's journey from the North Pole to the Pacific and Asia, from Europe to the Americas.
This year's portals include Alexa, OnStar, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and 3-D apps developed for mobile devices by Cesium, a Philadelphia-based IT and defense contractor. The apps integrate geospatial and satellite-positioning technology with high-resolution graphics that display the actual positions of the stars, sun and moon and the shadows they cast at any point in Santa's journey.
It takes a village of dozens of tech firms — including Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Bing Maps — to deliver the immersive effect for global Santa trackers, with some 15 million visits to the website alone last year.
And it takes a village of 1,500 volunteers to field emails and the 140,000 or so telephone calls to 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723). They staff phone banks equipped with monitors inside a building at Peterson, which offers a view of snow-capped Pikes Peak to the west.
More volunteers and firms donate food, water and coffee to those on Santa Watch.
"Hi Santa Trackers! Lots of kids are waiting to ask you about Santa," a sign reads.
Volunteers are equipped with an Operations Center Playbook that helps ensure each and every caller can go to sleep happy and satisfied on Christmas Eve.
Longtime Santa trackers are familiar with the NORAD-Santa story.
In 1955, Air Force Col. Harry Shoup — the commander on duty one night at NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command — fielded a call from a child who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper department store ad, thinking she was calling Santa.
A fast-thinking Shoup quickly assured his caller that he was. And a tradition was born.
Today, most early calls come from Japan and Europe. The volume soars in the U.S. and Canada, said program manager Preston Schlachter. United Kingdom callers ask about Father Christmas. Those in France generally seek Papa Noel's whereabouts.
For team members, once "Big Red" — Santa's code name — is airborne, Schlachter said, "it's off to the races."
"I've never had a block of time move so quickly," he said.