tech2 News StaffNov 10, 2017 10:27:25 IST
Alphabet has delivered internet services to 100,000 people who have been hit by the Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. This internet service is a part of Alphabet Inc’s Project Loon, where it is providing internet services to people with the help of helium balloons at disaster-hit locations.
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the more than forty percent of the locations in hurricane hit Puerto Rico have out of service communications.
The Verge said that the Project Loon is providing internet services to these people who have web access to AT&T communications and have 4G LTE-enabled handset.
Project Loon is meant to bring services to locations which are rural and remote, basically where there is no internet communication. It uses high altitude balloons which sail for around 20 kilometres. These balloons have solar-powered electronic devices and are “superpressured, allowing them to last much longer.”
These balloons are called HBAL199 and HBAL237. These fly 60,000 feet above the land. With the help of algorithms they can ascertain where internet is required. However the downside to this service is that since it is a solar powered electronic set, it can provide services only during daytime.
In a blog post Project Loon Head, Alastair Westgarth had said that it has partnered with the AT&T and Sprint network services, along with other government partners. Initially, 30 balloons were put up in the disaster hit areas. These were authorised by the Federal Communications Commission or FCC.
Hurricane Maria had affected 3.4 million people, with non-functioning electric and telecom towers. Companies like Sprint had set up a temporary cell sites in the affected areas so that people have access to communicate with their loved ones.
Facebook, Cisco and Tesla were other companies who had pledged to support the people during the crisis.
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