IP Multicast & Edge Caching
Auton cuts the transport cost of high definition content by leveraging two key technology trends: the declining cost of storage and the deployment of IP multicast networks. Popular content is broadcast and cached at thousands of terminals with a single transmission. Playback is local and insulated from the variability associated with streaming mobile networks. This contrasts with traditional IP unicast (LTE) where each connection is point-to-point resulting in redundant transmissions and much higher costs.
Examples of new multicast networks include ATSC 3.0 TV towers and Ku band satellites.
TV broadcasters nationwide are upgrading to the new ATSC 3.0 standard that was adopted by the FCC in February 2017. ATSC 3.0 is a big leap forward offering 4K ultra HD, full vehicular mobility, 3D audio, HDR and full color gamut. As a modern multi-dimensional waveform, ATSC 3.0 represents a massive feature upgrade that complements the traditional strengths of TV broadcasting: high towers, high transmit power and long wavelengths - all acting in concert to provide superior signal coverage over dozens of miles.
Auton's patented security overlay employs multiple layers of encryption together with an out-of-band satellite channel that results in "military grade" security across Auton's heterogenous networking fabric.