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MIGAL Launches world’s first Agri-Photovoltaics Knowledge Center, Polytex launches new PRO line and More from Israel


First Israeli full-scale Orchard-Voltaic installation, exhibited by Doral-Energy – at the SunnySide APV Summit 2023 hosted by MIGAL Galilee Research Institute in partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer Research Institute (Photo Credit: MIGAL Galilee Research Institute)

The MIGAL Galilee Research Institute, a mega-research center supported by Israel’s Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, announced the launch of the world’s first Agri-Photovoltaics Knowledge Center resource directory. Israeli workwear management company Polytex Technologies today announced the launch of its next-generation full cycle workwear solution, Polytex PRO and Israeli firms Granulate Partners and Vayyar made other new moves.

Migal explained Agri-photovoltaics is the use of agricultural land simultaneously for growing crops and generating solar power. While studies indicate that agrivoltaics installed on just 1% of arable land could fill global electricity needs, additional research is needed before it’s ready for large-scale adoption.

MIGAL Galilee Research Institute Ltd is a regional Mega-Research Center of the Israeli Innovation, Science and Technology Ministry owned by the Galilee Development Company Ltd. Recognized as a powerhouse of applied research, for 40 years MIGAL has cooperated closely with industry leaders, innovative startups, and technological accelerators throughout the world.

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“As a country globally recognized for solar and agricultural innovation, it’s natural for Israel to take the lead in agri-photovoltaics – and we at MIGAL are proud to be its strongest advocate,” commented David Zigdon, MIGAL’s CEO. “We are excited about agrivoltaics’ potential to improve land use, scale the production of clean energy and reduce food shortages – especially given the growing challenges facing agriculture in so many regions.”

Polytex says its Polytex PRO line builds on the success of legacy units, with major advances in both hardware and software that boost every performance parameter, further driving digital transformation in workwear operations. Ultra-high-speed dispensing of clean workwear items, in just six seconds, eliminates employee queues. Optimized storage capacity and variety, with smart cell configuration and a flexible dispensing mechanism, allow each unit to store up to 1,200 garments in up to 60 item variations – all with a smaller footprint.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that with no-touch operations and always available clean clothes, Polytex was the way forward for hygienic workwear management,” commented Yariv Matzliach, CEO of Polytex. “Now with Polytex PRO, we’ve set a new standard, providing customers with a simpler, smaller, faster solution that saves time and provides higher performance, increased data visibility, and improved overall utility.”

As for Granulate, an Intel company and developer of autonomous, continuous workload optimization solutions, the company entered a partnership with HCLTech, a leading global technology company, to provide its solutions to HCLTech’s portfolio of some of the biggest enterprises and digital native businesses globally to accelerate their digital transformation goals while improving infrastructure application specific performance.

With organizations increasingly seeking tools to manage their workload performance and reduce compute costs across IT environments, explained Granulate, the need for cloud optimization has increased. By partnering with HCLTech, Granulate’s SaaS solution will reach a larger number of organizations and support their ambitious innovation goals through operational efficiency and increased IT performance across big data, AI and other cloud and hybrid cloud-native applications.

“We’re thrilled to partner with HCLTech to reach more organizations navigating the challenges of workload management and high costs as they pursue digital transformation,” said Andrew Diaz, Chief Strategy Officer at Granulate. “Combined with HCLTech’s proven execution capabilities, we’re confident our solutions will accelerate customers’ modernization of any IT environment by increasing efficiency for their teams, all while reducing their cloud costs.”

Finally Austco, an international manufacturer of nurse call systems and healthcare communications solutions for hospitals and senior care facilities, has partnered with Israel’s Vayyar, a developer of 4D imaging radar, to provide touchless, camera-free fall detection and activity monitoring.

Austco plans to integrate Vayyar Care devices directly with its Tacera nurse call platform to power several solutions for different segments of the market: independent living and aged care, remote patient monitoring, and dementia/memory care. The integrated solution will provide fall alerts in all scenarios, including those when resident or patient is unable to operate a standard alarm system, or has neglected to put on a wearable device.

“Integrating with a system of the caliber of Austco’s is a significant milestone for our solution,” said Guy Meger, Head of Vayyar Care Business Unit. “Our technology is designed and built to provide the data that will transform the industry and I’m excited to collaborate with Austco on driving that change.”

Vayyar Imaging was co-founded in 2011 by CEO, and Chairman Raviv Melamed, and former vice president of the wireless division at Intel Israel, Miri Ratner of BreezeCOM (vice president of development) and Naftali Hayat, chief scientist of Alvarion. At the time the company had a vision of detecting early-stage breast cancer using RF technology.



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