A new "perfection tool" to help investigators
enhance raw video images and identify suspects has been developed by
Tel Aviv University scientists. Even though TV crime shows often
present clever police technicians who zoom in on a security camera
video to read a license plate or capture the face of a thief, this does
not work in real life because enhancing low-quality video is a very
now, Prof. Leonid Yaroslavsky and his team have developed the new
enhancement tool for live or recorded video that has been commissioned
by a defense-related company to improve what the naked eye cannot see
with live video recordings in color or black-and-white. "This
enhancement of resolution can be a critical factor in locating
terrorists or identifying criminal suspects," says Yaroslavsky, who has
published their findings in Optical Letters
and the Journal of Real Time Image Processing.
The new invention enhances the resolution of raw video images.
This can mean the difference between "seeing" trees blowing in the wind
and finding a terrorist hiding among them. "Our video perfection tool
works to improve visual quality and achieve a higher resolution of the
video image," explains Yaroslavsky. Once a commercial partner is found,
the device can be integrated into existing technology in a matter of
months, he says.
SPACE COOPERATION WITH ITALY
and Technology Minister Prof. Daniel Herschkowitz recently signed an
agreement with Italy at the Paris Air Show promoting cooperation in
space research and activities. The space agencies of the two countries
will develop satellites for hyper-spectral observation and
telecommunications, as well as in agriculture, environmental quality
and the identification of air and water pollution. Herschkowitz and Dr.
Daniel Zvi Kaplan, head of the Israel Space Agency, said the
partnership would "significantly contribute to Israel's economy." They
signed the agreement with Enrico Saggese, head of the Italy Space
Agency. The cooperation will bring about academic exchanges, joint
research and use of infrastructure on land. BRINGING BUSINESS TO CAPITAL
erusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
, who envisions the
capital as a world center for bioscience and culture in addition to its
existing assets, recently visited the new Hadassah
Biotechnology Park (JBP-Jerusalem
. The visit coincided with Barkat's announcement that NIS 100
million would be invested in the development of the capital's
biomedical industry over the next five years to create jobs and attract
local and foreign businesses. The JBP is a cornerstone of this plan,
and is heralded as first of its kind in Israel. Barkat declared that
the municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority support plans
to extend the Jerusalem light rail train (if and when the first stage
ever opens) to Hadassah Ein Kerem campus, including the BioPark.
The medical center, he continued, is a world-class medical
facility; Hadasit, the Hadassah Medical Organization's technology
transfer company, and the Hebrew University "have successfully pushed
boundaries and pioneered new terrain in terms of the marriage of
science and business. Today, we bear witness to a vision realized, the
beginnings of a thriving biopark, the essential infrastructure element
to compliment the existing innovation and commercialization programs."
The BioPark, which recently opened it doors, comprises customized
offices and access to Hadassah's state-of-the-art Clinical Research
Center (HCRC) which provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical
device companies a complete package of services and facilities for drug
and device clinical studies.