Edge computing startup Armada emerged from stealth mode on Monday with plans to bridge the digital divide by offering mobile data centers and software that can control Starlink deployments.
Armada also announced that it raised more than $55 million, led by Founders Fund, Lux Capital, Shield Capital and 8090 Industries, with participation from Felicis, Contrary, Valor Equity Partners, Marlinspike, 137 Ventures, Koch Real Estate Investments, 8VC and other strategic investors.
The company said that recent updates in IoT, AI and infrastructure have created the opportunity for an intelligent edge computing platform, and the company intends to “unlock the potential of generative AI, edge computing and predictive models.”
Armada has designed a full-stack infrastructure solution that can be deployed physically or in the cloud for edge computing and edge satellite internet connectivity. It has a data management platform called Commander that can be used to purchase and control Starlink terminals, deploy and manage data centers, and unify IoT devices.
It has also developed an operating system for Starlink and future IoT devices called Armada Connect that can be used by businesses to manage and bill for all Starlink assets. It also offers mobile data centers called Galleons that can provide connectivity to internet-based resources via Starlink, fiber, 5G or other network infrastructures.
“Today, AI — including large language models, multimodal AI and predictive models — is revolutionizing every facet of our lives and work, but not everyone has the same opportunity. What’s truly astounding is that vast swaths of the world still lack basic internet access, much less the ability to derive tangible value from their data,” said Armada co-founder and CEO Dan Wright. “Armada’s mission is to bridge the digital divide once and for all, giving our customers the ability to solve their biggest problems.”