Q: Other than increased speed and security, what other benefits does AtomBeam offer?
A: Very good question. Here are four additional benefits AtomBeam offers:
- Improved battery life: Changing IoT batteries is a major issue for many IoT deployments. For a very small computational expense of power, we reduce the “time on air” needed to send data, which is typically the largest expenditure of power, thereby extending battery life. If a user is dealing with thousands of devices in a commercial building or on a farm, say, extending the life of IoT device batteries by 25-50% (estimates we have from IoT device makers) is a major draw, if not the most important factor.
- Added bandwidth: For some applications, bandwidth is limited and for whatever reason cannot be expanded. A good example of this is a $2B company that provides highly regulated communications devices to commercial airlines for use in air-to-ground data communications. A highly constrained regulatory environment makes upgrading to increased bandwidth very difficult, so they are seeking a way to increase data throughput without changing their hardware/software. AtomBeam is likely able to effectively quadruple their bandwidth, although we haven’t tested the exact data yet. Another example is wearables: a $100B electronics manufacturer wants to increase the amount of data they are sending over Bluetooth to devices but are constrained by Bluetooth’s data rate, which we are likely to be able to quadruple.
- Searchable/randomly accessible stored data: To search and access most data stored in datacenters, it must first be decompressed and “reverse de-duplicated”. This can be a very lengthy and computationally intensive process. Data encoded in AtomBeam Codewords arriving at the datacenter requires no compression or de-duplication, and is simply stored in the form in which it arrives. This data can be searched and accessed very simply, as if none of it was encoded at all. For many who need to undertake IoT data analytics, this is a major improvement over the current paradigm. Note, however, that while we have this “random access” feature in development and demonstrated in prototype, it is not yet released.
- Reduced error sensitivity: A single “flipped bit” can result in a cascade of errors in a compressed file, requiring retransmission of the entire file or rendering it useless. AtomBeam has, by comparison, very limited sensitivity to errors. Cascading errors are not possible, and errors are tightly constrained to a single retransmission of a code word, versus the entire original file.