It’s no secret that digital transformation It ranks first in the minds of organizations, but many organizations neglected to upgrade their communication solutions. This is no surprise, as billions have been spent promoting 5G solutions. However, companies have been slow to adopt the technology, in part due to its complex internal infrastructure, which is very expensive to implement and maintain.
Proprietary wireless solutions that harness the power of the edge can provide businesses with their digital transformation needs. The solutions include secure and reliable connectivity, overcoming unnecessary complexities of traditional solutions, and reducing dependence on legacy carriers.
Furthermore, private wireless solutions are more cost-effective and faster to implement—particularly when deployed using APIs—than those of major cellular service providers, giving organizations the flexibility to build and expand their networks as needed.
Enterprise Private Wireless
With great performance, security, and cost-saving benefits, enterprise wireless networks have the potential to make a huge impact on a variety of industries such as healthcare, education, smart cities and even across the warehousing and manufacturing supply chain.
Read on as I highlight connectivity-related weaknesses in each of these industries, as well as the unique value propositions that enterprise wireless networks can offer to key enterprise segments.
Wireless for healthcare
Healthcare facilities grow organically over time, resulting in a maze of buildings and campuses ill-suited to the unlicensed spectrum offered by traditional Wi-Fi.
Effective communication is the lifeblood of timely and effective care. As we know, the use cases on which the healthcare community relies are across the patient, physician, and even machine-to-machine scale. This makes reliable network connectivity more difficult and difficult to maintain, especially as more mission-critical use cases and device types are added to already stressed Wi-Fi networks.
Furthermore, the lack of a high-performance network connection makes it difficult to accurately track patients, staff, and equipment in an emergency.
Advances in healthcare technology
Due to advances in healthcare technology and protocols, hospitals have proven to be early adopters of operational technology that combines the texture of users with use cases that result in better patient outcomes and more efficient delivery to practitioners.
Optimized operation through sensors and mobile devices
Sensors and other mobile devices throughout the facility are improving efficiencies and enhancing operations, but this class of new streamlined endpoints need access to high-performance connectivity.
The time-sensitive nature of these connections also requires a robust and reliable network to operate efficiently. Moreover, new technology applications can leave networks more vulnerable to abuse If not fully secured, healthcare facilities are littered with valuable information for potential intruders.
Patient privacy, in particular, must be carefully protected for continued compliance with stringent HIPAA regulations. Cellular solutions for private enterprises can do all of the above and more.
Consider edge-based proprietary cellular solutions
Edge-based private cellular solutions provide reliable and secure communications across facilities to improve critical care experiences and ensure regulatory compliance – all while integrating with existing IT network governance.
The edge allows for stronger and more robust mobile network connections than those offered by traditional Wi-Fi offerings, ensuring that equipment and systems deployed throughout the facility remain connected to the Internet at all times.
Private wireless networks also enhance connectivity security measures, helping to keep unauthorized eyes on private patient information even when new technologies are implemented.
With private, edge-backed wireless solutions, healthcare providers can manage critical services and maintain patient privacy without needing to worry about the flexibility of an enterprise communication platform.
private wireless in education
Universities, K-12, and related organizations still struggle to ensure reliable coverage and network performance across their campuses. With hard-to-reach locations both on and off campus buildings, the problems arising from traditional Wi-Fi technology are rife, as it fails to provide the required mobility across widespread areas.
Moreover, in almost every educational campus there are places where radio frequency (RF) blind spots and interference completely cut off communication.
Stable connection ensures safety
A stable communication infrastructure is required to ensure the safety of students and staff – no matter where they are on the property. With carrier-class private wireless solutions, educational institutions can ensure that their security, monitoring and access control systems operate around the clock to maintain stringent safety measures.
Schools can also use their networks to send targeted communications to students, staff, and the community at large, including class notifications, campus weather alerts, schedule changes, and more. In addition, edge-based solutions enable IT teams to implement new on-premises and experimental applications in a faster and more cost-effective manner.
As educational institutions seek to upgrade their networks to keep pace with the growing digital society, they should also consider what federal grants their institutions may qualify for when it comes to connectivity.
There are multiple federal programs today dedicated to providing billions of dollars to better connect campus communities and help shut down digital partition.
Wireless in smart cities
The more technology develops, the greater the demand for businesses, consumers, and entire societies. However, legacy providers cannot implement and deliver fast enough to keep up with the constant evolution and demand. The 5G ecosystem is very complex, difficult to program, and very expensive to implement and maintain. This is especially true when it comes to covering entire cities.
“Smart Cities” It’s becoming increasingly common as technology continues to infiltrate more and more our lives, but much of America’s infrastructure needs investment, improvement, and intelligence. As such, the next generation of connectivity and computing applied at the municipal level should be widely used to help support reimagined roads, utilities, public transportation systems, and more.
Digital transformation of this magnitude has to go to the edge
Simply put, cities looking to boost their digital transformation initiatives need to move to the edge. By implementing edge-based private wireless solutions, smart cities can enable stronger and more secure connectivity across their communities. The complexity and costs associated with implementing and maintaining traditional mobile networks will be enhanced.
Intelligent traffic lights, low-latency utility monitoring, real-time transmission information, and accessible computing resources are just a few examples of the kinds of public benefits that edge-based private wireless networks can offer.
Ultimately, Edge ensures fast, reliable responses with low latency for the applications that require it the most, creating safer and more productive municipalities overall.
Wireless in the supply chain
global supply chain under tremendous pressure For a while now due to a series of devastating events around the world, increased investment in various supply chain technologies.
For example, on the floors of manufacturing and warehousing facilities, humans and robots are working more closely than ever before as critical components of highly complex workflows that are optimized for the digital world. This means that strong and reliable communication has never been more important in these places than it is today.
By ensuring that connections remain completely intact at all times, private edge-backed wireless solutions can help ensure the safety of all supply chain personnel and equipment. It will help drive ongoing supply chain productivity. In addition, cellular-class private network navigation significantly outperforms traditional Wi-Fi offerings, also allowing for ease of network portability.
What about device security with private mobile networks?
In terms of device security – private mobile networks are able to secure all devices on the manufacturing and storage floors just as, or even better, than traditional cellular networks. Standard enterprise security mechanisms are also implemented locally, providing an unparalleled defense against any potential hackers.
When supply chain players are looking to deploy private mobile networks, it is important for them to conduct thorough research to arrive at a solution that provides maximum benefit at the lowest cost and fastest deployment time.
A number of current options require expensive and time-consuming equipment and software—but not all. Modern solutions that use easy-to-use APIs simplify network implementation and operation, providing manufacturers and warehouses with the secure mobile connectivity they need to keep businesses running smoothly and securely today and beyond.
As demonstrated in this article, edge-backed proprietary cellular solutions can dramatically enhance performance and security across the enterprise in key industries such as healthcare, education, smart cities, storage, and manufacturing.
Offers from traditional service providers are expensive and often require long lead times as well as a large number of equipment to implement.
Proprietary wireless solutions powered by flexible and programmable APIs allow organizations across industries to host, organize, and customize mobile devices. Industry 4.0 Applications in Edge – as-a-Service.
This allows organizations to make time for investments and enables enterprise connectivity capabilities to meet the diverse needs of use cases and users through a highly secure, reliable, and cost-effective long-term enterprise communications platform.
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