Two Israeli startups Vayyar Imaging and NanoLock Security are among five innovative companies selected as the 2017 winners of the global tech initiative “Go Ignite.”
Go ignite is an initiative of the world’s leading telecom companies, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefónica and this is their second global call for innovative solutions.
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The winners will now form business partnerships with the four telcos, and have access to their mobile subscriber base around the world – reaching 1.2 billion people.
Today we focus on Vayyar Imaging, which is a 3D-imaging Sensor startup that uses radio frequency (RF) technology.
Vayyar’s sensors are unique in their versatility. A single Vayyar developed sensor can apparently deliver broad recognizing abilities that previously required the integration of multiple technologies and sensors.
RF signals do not require line of sight and can penetrate solid materials, from human tissue to brick walls. Objects made of differing materials envelop the RF signals in different ways, with some signals being absorbed straight into, or penetrate completely, an object while others bounce back at different strengths.
Walabot, Vayyar’s first consumer product which Was released a year ago went viral on youtube with 45 million views.
Vayyar’s sensors are not a camera, therefore do not make individual identification and thus, respect privacy. Their use is in almost unlimited potential applications.
What can it do, for example?
- It can send alerts for baby’s breathing
- You can know if your elderly parents have fallen in the shower without privacy-invading devices. Or experiencing an unusual heart rate issues during sleep or rest
- Identify leaks and wires in the walls or floor
- Track people’s location by seeing their images through walls
- Monitor person’s vital signs when in front of a shelf of a store for marketing purposes
- Analyze the gasoline stored in the tank in gas stations to determine if someone has added water
- Analyze the makeup of the milk and flag it if it’s not up to standards
- Monitor how many people are in a room and send that data to a home automation provider, such as Nest, which automatically adjusts air conditioning as people enter and leave the space.
Monitor passengers in self-driving cars
- Alert a driver who is dozing off
- Send an alert to a parent if an infant or pet has been left in the car
- Post-accident, 3D sensors can identify the state of survivors inside the vehicle and relay information to emergency responders by monitoring vital signs from a distance
- The 3D imaging sensors can be used to remove all blind spots, identifying nearby obstacles, cyclists, vehicles that are too close and self-parking, providing perimeter information both vertically and horizontally or large or small vehicles
- sophisticated collision avoidance and precise measurements that ensure greater productivity and safer interaction between humans and machines
- increased level of safety by agnostic to environmental factors such as darkness, excessive light, heat or fog
- Cargo: provide trucks, vans, buses, and trains to optimize utilization.
- When placed inside transport vehicles, Vayyar can map available space in the container
- Provide cargo integrity while in transit by detecting movements of the cargo in real-time.
Founded in 2011 by three tech industry veterans Raviv Melamed, Miri Ratner, and Naftali Chayat, Vayyar evolved from using radio frequency (RF) technology initially to develop robust 3D imaging sensor technology as a way to aid in breast cancer detection.
Vayyar’s technology can be used for breast cancer, to differentiate between normal tissue and a tumor, and between benign and malignant tumors. Vayyar is now doing in-vivo trials in Israel for the breast-cancer application and will be expanding to India next.
The company has raised $32 million to date backed by Walden Riverwood, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Israel Cleantech Ventures (ICV) and Amiti Ventures. Vayyar has 70 employees with headquarters in Yehud and also a small team in Sweden.