Actually, there are countless applications that can benefit from a low-cost NIM for SCPC data.
Of course the big talk is the Bitcoin Block Chain broadcast.
We’ve seen Amber Alert (missing children) and Silver Alert (missing old people) signs on the freeway, variable speed limits, closed lane indications, etc.
If you have seen satellite dishes on top of gas stations, I think there are several things that are being sent down by satellite. 1) Bad credit card numbers 2) The gas prices 3) Entertainment programming at the gas pump. The video loop appears to get updated by satellite.
In rural areas, I can imagine that the current market price for various commodity items can be very useful.
I’ve seen satellite dishes on top of grocery stores. Certainly the in-store entertainment audio, sales prices for the tens of thousands of items come to mind. LCD displays are cheap enough that the prices on the shelves could be updated by satellite. Traditionally, grocery stores had 3-5 T1 lines running to them.
The Internet of Things concentrates on sensing things from a remote source and bringing that data to a centralized cloud server. But I can also see information being disseminated from a centralized cloud server to small satellite receivers.
Eg. turning on and off irrigation systems based on weather predictions.
Eg. Severe weather, tsunami, earthquake, wildfire warnings.
Finding the applications can increase the number of NIMs demanded and bring down the price.