Yesterday, we reported that after working on ‘Project Loon’ for quite some time, Google has finally initiated the pilot phase of the project in New Zealand. The pilot phase will test the viability of providing internet access through hot air balloons. A professor at DePauw University has now stated that this project can potentially benefit huge segments of the population.
Google intends to bring internet access to the most remote regions of the world with the help of ‘Project Loon.’ One of the key reasons why a major portion of the world’s population have no access to internet is simply that the development of infrastructure is too expensive.
This is precisely why Google’s ‘Project Loon’ is so extra-ordinary. It has to rely on absolutely no infrastructure. A beacon is affixed on a hot air balloon and then the balloon is released into the air. Users within the range of the beacon’s transmission are able to receive signals from the balloon on specialized antenna and thus, are able to access internet.
Google hopes that in the coming days, it will also bring telecom services to remote areas of the world through similar measures. Professor Kevin Howley of the DePauw University has lauded the project envisioned by Google. According to him, “Whole segments of the population would reap enormous benefits, from social inclusion to educational and economic opportunities.”
Project Loon certainly has such a potential and we fervently look forward to the actual launch of the project which would be critical in bringing many more people online.
Source: DePauw University