Shalom Life | January 17, 2015

Canadian Company to Implement Iron Dome Technology

“It will be the first ever [international] application of an Iron Dome tech for civilian purposes"

By: Daniel Koren

Published: January 13th, 2015 in Business » World

The Iron Dome, Israel's champion anti-missile defense system, was oft utilized during the Israel Defense Forces' summer 2014 war against Hamas terrorists. In fact, according to the IDF, it boasts a 90% success rate of shooting rockets out of the sky, saving hundreds of Israeli lives from Hamas rockets shot from Gaza.

And while it will continue to serve as a protector of Israeli skies, an Israeli-Canadian partnership is looking to use its impressive technology on other battle fields.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the CIRDF – Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation - will be developing Iron Dome technology for its electrical smart grid management. It was made possible through a new fund the foundation set up called the Canada-Israel Energy Science and Technology Fund, a $5 million fund that will see increased technological cooperation between Canada and Israel.

“It will be the first ever [international] application of an Iron Dome tech for civilian purposes, and it has the potential to change grid management in North America and beyond,” said the foundation's president, Henri Rothschild.

The announcement is rumored to become official on Friday, in conjunction with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's forthcoming visit to the Holy Land. The move is the latest in a series of ties strengthening the Canada-Israel relationship, which many attest to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's staunch support of the Israeli state.

“I think they have been taken to a new level in terms of the tone and friendliness we’ve never experienced before, and that creates a climate that is very welcome for Israeli businesses,” said Rothschild.

Particularly with Canada's thriving energy sector, the country has found use for various Israeli technologies concerning robotics, nanomaterials, resources, water efficiency, analytics, and also defense.

“What we found out is that there are a lot of technologies that could be relevant for the energy sector even if their prime business is not there,” explained Chief Scientists of Israel's Economy Ministry, Avi Hasson.

According to Rotschild, “There’s an increasing technological spillover from one sector to another. It used to be that we could talk about software technology, bio technology, mineral technology as if they were different. They no longer are.”

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