The Story

Recognizing that our work on the computer programming necessary to make Multicasting available to all end-users was only two-thirds complete on 01 April 2001, our research and business team decided to focus the bulk of our attention on technologies that could be marketed in the immediate future, notably our secure and reliable data transmission system, which derives from research that Ian Stewart was doing on battlefield uses of Multicast for secure military command and control.  We realized, only incidentally, that this technology was ideal for secure and reliable business networking that transmits data from one point to many users. We use Multicast technology to transmit to a multitude of users, and for reliability, we combine our Multicast system with a back channel Unicast to order to individually rebroadcast of any “lost packet” of Multicast transmitted data.