SINGAPORE (Feb 18): A few months ago, inside a second-storey shophouse in Chinatown, Rohit Jha and his team fired up a PlayStation 4 set. ­Using its controllers, he virtually navigated a small toy car, manoeuvring through a track on a remote rooftop of one of the buildings in Chinatown. The tiny vehicle was monitored by a couple of cameras and linked wirelessly to the team’s office a few blocks away.

Jha, CEO and co-founder of space tech start-up Transcelestial, says he often demonstrates the capabilities of the company’s product through the PlayStation setup. The effort has paid off. Transcelestial is now manufacturing 100 to 200 units of its wireless communication technology system for customers waiting to test the product. The team is also producing these units in anticipation of new deals that may come from its current discussions with potential partners.

Transcelestial’s technology, which uses lasers (instead of radio signals) to beam data, is not just more efficient in terms of bandwidth required, but also harder to hack. The technology is gaining traction globally with NASA leading the charge. Transcelestial is hoping that its laser network can eventually replace existing wireless networks to deliver high-speed connectivity even in extremely remote regions.

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