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ATSC 3.0 as a Data Network

Data applications using the BitPath network and its underlying ATSC 3.0 platform will have several advantages over a traditional cellular network for many applications and services:

  • Television stations use low-band spectrum, which propagates further and penetrates buildings better than even the best cellular coverage bands.
  • The broadcast architecture allows for far more efficient data links to end users, vehicles, and devices compared to a cellular architecture.
  • ATSC 3.0 is IP native and was designed from the ground up to support data broadcasting.
  • ATSC 3.0 provides a wide range of security, modulation, and CODEC options catered towards specific application needs.
  • Broadcast data means committed bit rates 24/7 with no slowdowns regardless of demand and usage.

Illustrative Data Services

Alone or in tandem with cellular data service, BitPath can provide far greater efficiency and entirely new capabilities to device makers:

Software Updates

Broadcast software updates or large data files to millions of devices at once, or even stream real-time data to an unlimited number of devices

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Location Accuracy

Deliver low cost, high-resolution data streams to enhance location applications in an unlimited number of vehicles, personal and IoT devices, and other systems

Smart City &
Internet of Things (IoT)

Enable new applications such as traffic updates, digital billboards, and smart grid applications

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Security

Apply new levels of security to mission-critical data transmissions using independent signal paths and proprietary protocols that are far more impervious to remote hacking methods

In-vehicle entertainment

Deliver media and other services to in-vehicle systems

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Emergency Information and Applications

Provide media-rich, geographically-targeted emergency warnings with increased detail and precision, and power emergency response applications without worrying about saturated cellular networks

Case Studies

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Demand for electricity continues to grow, taxing the aging power grid. However, new power plants are not being built as no one wants these facilities in their backyard. It is critical for utilities to manage peak utilization through new distribution energy resources applications (e.g., local power generation or demand response programs). BitPath, working with smart grid experts, have demonstrated that utilities can use the BitPath network to provide efficient and reliable connectivity for these distributed energy resources.

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ATSC 3.0 Backgrounder

ATSC 3.0 is the world’s first Internet Protocol (IP)-based broadcast standard. Now that television is an application that rides on any capable IP data network, broadcasters are abandoning proprietary systems and building application-agnostic IP native facilities. With ATSC 3.0, any kind of data files or streams that can be delivered on the Internet can be broadcast as seamlessly and ubiquitously as television programming.

Because the broadcasts are IP native, any data transmitted by an ATSC 3.0 television station can be seamlessly integrated with services provided by or data transmitted over any other IP network. IP broadcasting can be integrated with other IP services, and vice versa, to create new capabilities and services that might otherwise might not be practical or possible.

For more information on the ATSC standard, please visit the ATSC website at atsc.org.