The first aerostat was launched at IT Park in Dehradun on Friday on a pilot basis in the presence of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.
Times of India reported, to provide internet access to rural areas, Internet-beaming balloons will provide WiFi facilities to remote villages in Uttarakhand. The ITDA director told Times of India, that each aerostat, which costs Rs 50 lakh to set up, can provide internet within a range of 7.5 km with a download speed of 5 Mbps. “Anyone in the range will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi which will be free initially. Anybody will be able to log in without a password”.
Approximately, 680 of 16,870 villages in the Himalayan state lack mobile connectivity or internet. At the launch of the aerostat, CM Rawat told TOI that the technology would be used in remote areas that are not connected to the internet.
Hydrogen is used to lift the aerostat and surveillance camera are fit into the balloons. The aerostat can float for around 14 days. The aerostat technology was provided by IIT-Bombay.
This technology is said not only to help the areas receive internet access but it comes in handy during any kind of natural or any other disaster that might occur.