8 Startups to Call In Case of an Emergency
From a mass notification system to a toilet that converts human waste into cooking fuel, these eight Israeli startups are here to help when disaster strikes
Below is a list of eight Israel-based startups that develop technologies to help individuals, as well as emergency teams, get through disasters, natural or otherwise.
Based in: Tel Aviv
Funding to date: $22 million
Based in: Rishon LeZion
Funding to date: $10 million
Water-Gen Ltd. develops atmospheric water generators (AWG) that can extract clean and safe drinking water from the naturally occurring humidity in the air. Watergen’s technology can be used to provide safe water to places suffering from water shortage or lacking water infrastructure. According to company statements, WaterGen’s devices can produce between 27 liters of water a day for a home appliance and 6,000 liters for the company’s largest unit. The company also offers an emergency response vehicle, with an 800-liter daily capacity.
Based in: Jerusalem
Funding to date: $8.5 million
NowForce Ltd. develops mobile applications designed to help agencies and first responders locate people in distress and dispatch the closest available responder to any location. In 2018, NowForce was acquired by Nasdaq-listed surveillance and business intelligence company Verint Systems Inc. for $4.5 million.
Based in: Herzliya
Funding to date: $5.5 million
Edgybees Ltd. develops an augmented reality app for first responders. The company’s technology can add very accurate GIS (geographic information system) data in real-time to video taken by a drone flying at a height of 100 meters above a scene or a plane flying even higher. The added information can be road maps, power grids, voltage lines, or the physical location of rescue teams and victims on the ground. Instead of sending a person to map the area and putting them in danger, help and rescue teams can fly a drone, draw a polygon enclosing the dangerous area on the video, and know where not to enter or take special precautions. Edgybees’ app is being used by emergency responders to orient themselves in confusing environments and to better track rapidly evolving circumstances. The app was first used in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Based in: Beit Yanai in central Israel
Funding to date: $3 million
Based in: Ramat Gan
Funding to date: Undisclosed
Hilico Off-Grid Solutions Ltd. develops a portable lightweight rain-harvesting device designed to sustainably provide clean drinking water to off-grid communities and disaster-stricken areas. The company tested its prototype in 2017 in Mumbai, and signed its first commercial distribution agreement in Kenya earlier last year. The company’s device is not yet commercially available, but it is set to hit the market in 2020, the company’s co-founder Moshe Belilty said in a 2019 interview with Calcalist.
Based in: Savyon in central Israel
Funding to date: Undisclosed
EZPack Water Ltd. develops and manufactures a portable water storage and distribution system for emergency and disaster situations. The company’s heavy-duty water bladders can contain up to 5,000 gallons of water each, and can be transported easily on any pickup truck, trailer, van or bus. The bladders are made from a material that it keeps the water fresh and at optimal drinking condition for many months and can be placed directly on any type of ground, including mud or sharp rocks.
Based in: Netanya
Funding to date: $4 million
EVigilo Ltd. develops a secured service that delivers mass notifications to any number of people, anywhere in the world, within seconds. The company’s notifications are sent by a number of means, including cellular broadcast, SMS, television and radio broadcast, mobile apps, landlines, and email. The company’s notification system was used in the 2014 8.3 magnitude Chilean earthquake to warn people of the tsunami that later ensued and is also used by the Israeli Home Front Command and the National Emergency Management Authority, according to company statements.