“Revolutionizing land, sea, air and space communication networks”. The mission of Aalyria, Google’s brand new spin-off unveiled on September 13, 2022, is clear. Before taking its independence, this project responded to the name of “Minkowski” at Google. A team of technicians were then working on software for high-speed communications networks that stretch from earth to space, CNBC reports.
Offer connectivity everywhere
Aalyria is sort of the next generation of Alphabet’s Loon project. This project to deploy communication networks using stratospheric balloons ended in January 2021. Alphabet even specified that it had transferred nearly a decade of technologies, intellectual property, patents, office space and other assets at Aalyria earlier this year. But the company did not wish to specify how long its teams had been working on this project or how many employees are joining the start-up, details CNBC.
Aalyria ensures improve “radically” satellite communications, Wi-Fi in planes and ships, and cellular connectivity. The start-up explains that it wants to orchestrate and manage ultra-fast and secure communication networks to cover land, sea, air and space. She talks about her “advanced network and laser communication technologies capable of orchestrating and managing the most complex networks around the world, and bringing them to places where there is no connectivity infrastructure.”
Its intelligent network orchestration technology called Spacetime corresponds to cloud-based software that allows it to manage the various connections. Its laser communication technology, called Tightbeam, consists of beams of light that transmit data between base stations and terminals. “We are able to orchestrate links between satellites and constellations that enable the interconnection of government and commercial constellation providers, assures Chris Taylor, CEO of Aalyria, in a press release. We can orchestrate high-speed urban networks and unified global network operations.”
Capital open to outside investors
The proof that its technology is attractive: the start-up claims to have already secured an 8 million dollar contract with the (DIU), an organization of the United States Department of Defense. The start-up already markets its software and plans to market its Tightbeam solution next year.
Google retains a minority stake in Aalyria, which has also raised funds from well-known Silicon Valley investors like the founders of Accel, J2 Ventures and Housatonic. Alphabet seems to be seeking to limit internal projects and reckless spending since its subsidiary Waymo, which specializes in autonomous driving, has already raised funds from outside players.