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Israel makes impact on World Cup despite national team’s absence   

JERUSALEM Israel (Xinhua) -- The Israeli national team did not qualify for the World Cup, but the workers from the Matael factory of the Mtech Israeli company can definitely be considered stars in the tournament.

Details about the company’s activity in Russian stadiums were reported on Wednesday in Hebrew language Yedioth Aharonot Daily Newspaper.

The company develops and designs low-voltage systems, including fire detection and extinguishing systems and integrated safety systems. Its factory is located at a Kibbutz -a unique Israeli collective type of settlement - at the Jezreel Valley in the northern part of the country.

Matael fire and smoke detection systems contribute to the security of hundreds of thousands of spectators in the huge stadiums in the Russian cities of Volgograd and Nizhny Novograd. The deal is worth about two million U.S. dollars.

“Since 2006, we have been trying to market ourselves to the Russian market,” said Haim Kaplan, owner of the Group.

“12 years ago, we had a breakthrough as we developed control systems as part of the building safety system, providing complete control and viewing of a smoke and fire event and achieving control in seconds. Two years ago, we signed contracts with these two stadiums and established a control and observation system.”

The company is considered a leader in its field, and its products are installed in residential buildings, hotels, commercial centers, factories, academic institutions and sports fields. The systems installation project at the World Cup is the company’s first in world stadiums.

“This is a great achievement, the highlight is our graphic software, which presents all the fire and smoke data in the stadiums,” added CEO Yair Gindin.

“As a small company from the valley, we managed to win prestigious budgets like that of the World Cup, which is a win that will pave the way for us in the face of other international tenders,” Kaplan concluded.

The Israeli LiveU, based in the city of Kfar Saba, has also reached the World Cup. Broadcast crews of channels and broadcast networks from the world use the company’s equipment, which has developed devices and technology that enable the transmission of live broadcasts over cellular networks.

The company reports that it has deployed 300 transmission units, the highest number ever provided by the company at a sporting event.

The company’s equipment includes, among other things, broadcast teams of networks and news organizations such as Fox, Sky, Reuters, AP and Telemundo.

The company also operates a Russian and English technical team in the field, which will provide technical support and logistical services.

Some devices also allow 4K transmission. LiveU also signed agreements with Russian mobile operators to ensure fast connectivity and smooth and stable transmissions.

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