UK po­lice study Haifa’s anti-ter­ror ro­bots

The Jewish Chronicle - - Special Report - BY DANA GLOGER

SE­NIOR MEM­BERS of the Bri­tish po­lice, armed forces and se­cu­rity ser­vices were able to view for them­selves the latest cut­ting-edge Is­raeli se­cu­rity and anti-ter­ror tech­nol­ogy at a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion in Lon­don this week.

Five sci­en­tists from the Cen­tre for Se­cu­rity Science and Tech­nol­ogy at Haifa’s Tech­nion Univer­sity spoke at the In­sti­tute of Direc­tors about cur­rent and fu­ture de­vel­op­ments.

Pro­fes­sor Ehud Keinan demon­strated his pocket-sized ex­plo­sives tester, which can de­tect tiny amounts of im­pro­vised ex­plo­sives — the kind of­ten used by ter­ror­ists, in­clud­ing Lon­don’s 7/7 bombers, in home-made de­vices.

Pro­fes­sorAlonWolf­showed­hisS­nake Ro­bot. The snake-shaped ma­chine can fit into tiny spa­ces, and in be­tween rub­ble in the case of a dis­as­ter. It sends pic­tures and is also be­ing de­vel­oped to de­tect if peo­ple are dead or alive.

Pro­fes­sor Ron Kim­mel, an ex­pert in face recog­ni­tion, pre­sented a de­vice which can iden­tify peo­ple re­gard­less of their fa­cial ex­pres­sion and even if part of their face is hid­den.

The head of the cen­tre, Pro­fes­sor Abra­ham Marmur, told the JC: “Ter­ror threats are now very nu­mer­ous, and they can ap­pear any time, any­where. But no-one can solve the prob­lem alone, so we are here to con­nect the need and the know-how so we can work to­gether.”

Alon Wolf’s Snake Ro­bot, shown to dis­as­ter ex­perts in Lon­don

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