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Mouser Electronics Interviews Uzi Hanuni, Developer of High-Tech Communication Solutions Invaluable in Saving Thai Soccer Team

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The harrowing ordeal of a Thai soccer team trapped in a water-filled
cave gripped the world's attention for more than two weeks in June and
July 2018. It was a complicated and daring rescue, but little has been
said about the amazing technology that helped make their rescue possible.

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Mouser Electronics talks to Uzi Hanuni of Maxtech Networks about the company's communications techno ...

Mouser Electronics talks to Uzi Hanuni of Maxtech Networks about the company's communications technology used in the Thai cave rescue of July 2018. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mouser
Electronics
recently had the rare opportunity to speak with Uzi
Hanuni, founder and CEO of Maxtech Networks, to learn more about the
company's innovative MaxMesh technology that was crucial in the rescue.

Rescuers faced many challenges after locating the trapped boys and their
coach in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand. Normal radio signals
were blocked by cave walls. Water from the monsoon season posed
additional challenges. Learning of the situation, Hanuni dispatched an
engineer and several of his MaxMesh radios to the scene. Hanuni's
revolutionary system essentially established a relay network throughout
the two miles of twists, turns and partially submerged areas of the
tunnel, enabling rescuers to connect, share, collaborate and ultimately
bring the team to safety.

"Our technology is based on creating a mesh network of software-defined
radios [SDRs]. SDRs are radio communication systems using software on a
personal computer or embedded system," Hanuni explained. "Every time you
switch on a radio, it automatically joins the network. Each radio is
also a relay, and the intelligent frequency modulation algorithms are
built into the radios. They can transmit video, voice and data
simultaneously."

Hanuni's interest in devising a better form of communication technology
arose after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as he saw many first
responders cut off after the World Trade Center towers collapsed and
their radio antennas were damaged.

"I thought the technology we needed to develop had to work automatically
so that you switch on the radio and suddenly it's connected —
peer-to-peer groups, multicast, unicast, broadcast, whatever you want.
And you have it there with no need to preconfigure the radios," Hanuni
continued. "It took us a few years to develop the sophisticated
algorithm and the technology that works indoors, outdoors, underground,
above ground, in all places automatically with no human interference or
involvement.

"Our technology can be encapsulated in various forms. The Mini PCI
Express card [we use] is our own technology, only it has a
field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This is the key fundamental
component. We are using the Analog
Devices AD9364
high-performance, highly integrated radio frequency
Agile transceiver for communications. In addition, we are also using the Samsung
ARTIK™ 7
, which is a module that offers great performance for
high-end gateways with local processing and analytics to improve latency
and responsiveness. With the ARTIK 7 is an Intel®
Cyclone® III FPGA
."

To watch the full interview with Uzi Hanuni, go to https://youtu.be/xCvy_IeKXNU.
For a deeper exploration of the Maxtech Networks technology, visit www.mouser.com/applications/cave-rescue-technology.

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