Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

FILE PHOTO - The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Picture
FILE PHOTO - The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Picture
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Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

FILE PHOTO - The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Picture
FILE PHOTO - The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Picture

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it had granted Alphabet Inc. the green light to use solar power balloons to bring cellular service to Puerto Rico, which has struggled to regain communications services since Hurricane Maria hit last month.

The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites.

"FCC issues experimental license to Google to provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico through Project Loon balloons," Matthew Berry, chief of staff to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, stated on Twitter.

Pai said on Friday he was was forming a Hurricane Recovery Task Force focused on addressing challenges facing Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

“It is critical that we adopt a coordinated and comprehensive approach to support the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services. The Hurricane Recovery Task Force will allow us to do just that," Pai also said.

Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc, said on Friday the company would send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island over two weeks ago, Reuters reported.

Tesla had previously said, in late September, that it was sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of batteries that can rely on solar panels to store power which provides emergency aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria.



Saudi Ministry Offers AI-powered Health Screenings for Security Personnel during Hajj Season

The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)
The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry Offers AI-powered Health Screenings for Security Personnel during Hajj Season

The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)
The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)

The Saudi Ministry of Interior's General Department of Medical Services continues to deploy a state-of-the-art medical capsule for security personnel during this year's Hajj season, 1445 AH.
This innovative capsule utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced communication technologies to conduct comprehensive medical examinations within just six minutes, the Saudi Press agency reported on Thursday.
The capsule captures 26 key physiological measurements, including height, weight, body composition, vitals, and oxygen saturation.
Leveraging integrated AI, the capsule analyzes health data, facilitates remote consultations with doctors, and allows for medication registration. It reduces the need for hospital visits, offering a safe and private environment for on-site health screenings and consultations at workplaces across the Ministry of Interior and the Presidency of State Security.