During the past decade, mobile satellite technology has played an increasingly important role in many aspects of daily life. Companies around the world have developed useful, creative innovations. The European Patent Office even offers a prize for cutting edge satellite technologies. In March, numerous international companies will attend a mobile satellite technology trade show in National Harbor, Maryland.

Today, mobile satellites play a significant role transforming a diversity of economic sectors. From innovative communications systems in automobiles to interactive television, they have begun changing society. Just consider five recent innovations:

One: New Mobile Technology For Automobiles

Satellite communications via automobiles has offered greater convenience for many drivers during the past few years. Now mobile satellite technology will permit broadband connectivity for people traveling in vehicles built by Toyota. The auto manufacturer reportedly plans to equip its vehicles with a satellite broadband antenna. The company also plans to offer cloud-based systems to furnish entertainment and information to automotive customers.

Two: Improved Maritime Communications

Companies such as the PCR’s Chengdu Global Way Communications Technology Company, Ltd., have developed satellite-based marine stabilization antennas enabling people aboard fishing vessels, oil and gas rigs, yachts and other ships to conduct more reliable communications. This technology may eventually contribute to greater safety for sailors during storms, since determining the exact location of satellite-equipped vessels would be much easier. Additionally, people aboard many different types of maritime crafts may enjoy television and other entertainment services, even while at sea.

Three: Interactive Television

An Israeli company, Ayecka Communications Systems, conducts work to develop interactive television stations. The innovative broadcasting platforms that rely upon this technology hold the promise of changing the way people view television, from a purely passive exercise to a more interactive process resembling Internet communication. Perhaps in the near future, educational classes will be broadcast into remote areas and tests will be taken via the TV screen.

Four: Remote Sensing From Space

Recently in 2014, Singapore Technologies Engineering launched plans to construct the first commercial satellite to enable remote sensing. This type of technology can provide information about changes on the surface of the Earth from a distance. It could be very helpful, for instance, in detecting tidal waves or electromagnetic radiation waves.

Five: Data Mining From Space

When people think of Big Data, they tend to think of real time Internet-relayed information streams. Now a Belgian company, Skyline Communications NV, has developed a platform to permit a seamless integration of these forms of very complex data flows. The DataMiner NMS platform will evidently assist companies around the world in perfecting the interoperability of their databases in real time. Soon, obscuring information in the cloud may become more difficult and even small businesses may enjoy cutting-edge real time information.

Modern Convenience

The changes implemented by new mobile satellite technologies promise to enhance convenience and communications capabilities for consumers worldwide. Innovative breakthroughs in this technology deserve close attention from the public during 2016.