Tech Watch: Israel marks Internet Safety Day

National Internet Safety Day was celebrated in Israel for the second year Tuesday with activities in approximately 60 towns across the country.

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National Internet Safety Day was celebrated in Israel for the second year Tuesday with activities in approximately 60 towns across the country. The day is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers one is exposed to in surfing the Internet and how one can avoid them. The program was co-sponsored by amongst others: Microsoft Israel, the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture; the Finance Ministry; Smile Internet Zahav; the Israeli Police; and the IDF. Thousands of parents participated in the event, which highlighted the dangers of the Internet to children. Coinciding with the day, Symantec Corp. launched the 'Symantec Internet threat meter' providing up-to-date information on the risk level associated with specific online activities including e-mail, Web activities, instant messaging, and file-sharing. The new service is available at Search engine Google Israel, meanwhile, continued its rapid ascent in the local market, launching its news site in Hebrew, providing local news in the same format as its English site. The company officially launched its Israel office just two weeks ago with a strategic plan to expand its services on the Hebrew site, and followed that up with an announcement last week that it would build a Research & Development center in Haifa. Elsewhere, EMC and Microsoft Corp. have expanded their joint operation to bring their information lifecycle management solutions to the Microsoft applications environment. Separately, Microsoft said it would develop open standards, SIP-based interoperability between Avaya MultiVantage communications applications and Microsoft Office Communicator. The program is aimed at extending the capabilities of Microsoft applications to include voice capabilities and will focus on delivering a unified communications solution. Airport City-based Alvarion Ltd., a wireless broadband solutions company, has signed an agreement with California-based Tropos to jointly target the municipal broadband market with a combination of technologies and products to enable municipalities to easily deploy cost effective broadband networks. Tel Aviv-based broadband wireless systems provider Ceragon Networks Ltd. has expanded the capacities at which its FibeAir 1500P product line can be applied. The company launched its enhanced fast ethernet capabilities with full throughput capacities of 50 to 200 Mbps, allowing operators to meet the demands of customer networks over a larger power. Kiryat Bialik-based Integrated Software Development Ltd., a provider of enterprise software aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, has agreed to supply its customer relations management product 'Benefit' to Israeli company Mivtzar Alarm and Security Systems Ltd. The companies did not give a value to the deal. Yakum-based Metalink Ltd. and Japanese microcontrollers company Renesas will demonstrate the integration of Renesas' SH4 processor and Metalink's 802.11n-compliant WLANPlus technology, enabling complete solutions for wireless home entertainment networks. The joint demonstration is taking place in Tokyo through today and in Osaka on March 10. Technology development company TraceGuard Technologies, Inc., which has its R&D facility in Israel, will unveil its exclusive explosive trace extraction technology at the ValueRich Small-Cap Financial Expo in Miami on March 8-9. TraceGuard hopes to launch its first product, CarrySafe, by the end of the year. Finally, Electronic monitoring systems provider Dmatek reported a 24 percent rise in revenue in 2005, ending the year with sales of $22.1m. The company had pretax profits of $2.8m., up 87% from $1.5m. in 2004.