“Revolution of terrestrial, maritime, air and space communication networks”. The mission of Aalyria, the new Google spin-off introduced on September 13, 2022, is clear. Before becoming independent, this project responded to the name “Minkowski” on Google. A group of technicians were then working on software for high-speed communications networks stretching from earth to space, CNBC reports.
Ensure connectivity everywhere
Aalyria is sort of the next generation of the Alphabet Loon project. This project to deploy communication networks using stratospheric balloons was completed in January 2021. Alphabet even clarified that earlier this year it transferred technology, intellectual property, patents, office space and other assets over nearly a decade to Aaliriya. But the company was unwilling to specify how long its teams have been working on the project or how many employees will be joining the startup, CNBC said.
Aalyria says it will “dramatically” improve satellite communications, Wi-Fi in aircraft and ships, and cellular connectivity. The startup explains that it wants to organize and manage ultra-fast and secure communication networks spanning land, sea, air and space. It talks about “advanced network and laser communication technologies capable of organizing and managing the most complex networks around the world and delivering them to places where there is no connectivity infrastructure.”
Its smart network orchestration technology called Spacetime matches the cloud software that allows it to manage various connections. Its laser communication technology, called Tightbeam, consists of beams of light that transmit data between base stations and terminals. “We can arrange connections between satellites and constellations that interconnect government and commercial constellation providers,” Chris Taylor, CEO of Aalyria, in a press release, “high-speed metro networks and unified global network operations.”
Capital is open to external investors
Proof its technology is attractive: The startup claims it has already secured an $8 million contract with (DIU), a US Department of Defense organization. The startup is already selling its software and plans to introduce its Tightbeam solution next year.
Google retains a minority stake in Aalyria, which has also raised funds from high-profile Silicon Valley investors such as the founders of Accel, J2 Ventures and Housatonic. Alphabet appears to be looking to limit in-house projects and reckless spending as its self-driving subsidiary Waymo has already raised funds from third-party players.