Serving the Connected Car & Autonomous Driving Vehicles
ARK Multicasting is a new method to deliver data across an ISP network using Broadcast Television to data cast high demand content. The ARK network consists of ~300 TV stations covering ~100 million people in major metropolitan cities and rural communities alike. ARK is especially strong in tier two and tier three markets where existing rural broadband services are lacking the ability to keep up with the data demands. This is a fully mobile Internet Broadcasting Service working towards ubiquitous coverage across all US interstate highways and metropolitan cities. ARK services extend far beyond the capabilities of cellular data and ISP ecosystems with a specific focus on datacasting. ARK has been collaborating with multiple industry trade groups and standards bodies to create a new unified nationwide wireless internet broadcasting network designed to function seamlessly to meet the needs of the connected and autonomous vehicle market.
Ubiquitous Coverage of the USA
ARK is developing a ubiquitous network coverage to extend its reach well beyond the ~300 existing TV stations covering 1/3 of the US public. With current ARK affiliate relationships, we already reach 66% of the US. Ultimately, the ARK network will cover virtually all the major transportation corridors. Via its strategic partnerships, the ARK network will also provide ubiquitous coverage of military grade encryption to 100% of the US landmass using the Iridium LEO satellite network to provide connected car services.
Least Cost Data Routing
The connected car market has reached the limits of the legacy wireless networks to keep pace with the security and cost-effective capacity needs for upgrading mission critical software and firmware, infotainment and internet services to passengers. Soon there will be an enormous increase in secure broadband data requirements to support vehicular autonomy. Super high-resolution maps, real-time highway construction information, traffic alerts, dynamic road condition and updates to high-density sensor networks and data caches in 5G cell sites will all benefit from the availability of a low-cost, internet broadcasting overlay to off-load the most commonly required data that will be needed in millions of vehicles. Nothing can meet this requirement more efficiently than the new ATSC 3.0 based internet broadcasting networks.