An Israeli telecoms company said it sent equipment and staff to Thailand to help in the rescue effort of a young football team trapped deep in an underground cave complex by flood waters.
The firm said it sent a senior engineer and portable telecoms equipment specially designed to provide communications systems in areas where there is no physical telecoms infrastructure or networks.
The Israeli technology uses sophisticated algorithms to create ad hoc mobile networks offering real-time voice, video and data services, and the firm says it can operate several kilometres below ground.
It is not clear whether the Max Mesh mobile radio, developed by Maxtech Networks, was actually employed in the search and rescue operation, and divers were this week setting up a phone line to connect the boys to the outside world after the phone they initially had stopped working when it fell in the water.
Speaking to Israeli technology website No Camels, Maxtech chief executive Uzi Hanuni said: “We as a company decided to contribute devices to save those kids. It’s very simple. When there are children at risk, you don’t think twice coming from a place like Israel. It’s in our nature.”
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