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Innovations for Safeguarding the Future

March 8, 2013

Homeland & Cyber Security, Robotics & High-Tech

On a recent visit to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jason Hiner, editor in chief of TechRepublic, discovered a wide range of high-tech innovations being researched and developed at the University.

He was particularly “wowed” by two of BGU’s latest homeland security technologies.

The first is the transparent armor being developed by Dr. Nachum Frage, a member of BGU’s Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Materials Engineering Department.

This clear ceramic substance, which can be as thin as 1 millimeter, is so strong it can stop a missile. This substance could also have every day technology applications.

“It could be used to create unbreakable touchscreens for smartphones and tablets,” says Dr. Frage.

The second homeland security project Hiner encountered is a fully automated jeep developed by Dr. Hugo Guterman of BGU’s Homeland Security Institute and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

It is already being used for border patrols to keep soldiers and security personnel out of harm’s way.

“For now, this vehicle is better in open spaces than on city streets. Putting it on the road with civilians would face major obstacles when it comes to insurance and liability,” says Dr. Guterman.