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The time is now to invest in indoor wireless networks

By : Steven Strickland

April 14, 2017 08:00 AM

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Keeping pace with demand for indoor wireless coverage amid unprecedented mobile data traffic growth has become a business and IT priority.  Many choices exist when planning for optimal in-building wireless connectivity-and the lines continue to blur with aggregated wireless standards, integrating systems over IP networking and commonalities of cabling infrastructure.

 

Many enterprise and retail IT organizations struggle to meet end user demands for ubiquitous wireless coverage at blazing fast speeds.  The underlying issue for most IT organizations is a lack of expertise with today’s indoor cellular networks. Formulating a wireless strategy beyond Wi-Fi requires mobile network expertise, a detailed understanding of deployment costs and an ability to provide ongoing systems maintenance.  An experienced professional services partner can consult with IT organizations and business stakeholders during these critical decisions and lead a technology assessment to address:

 

  • Multi-carrier ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) programs and greater user density;

  • Signal source agreements with Wireless Service Providers;

  • Consumption of bandwidth-rich business applications and streaming video;

  • Connecting machines in support of Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives;

  • Optimization between wireless LAN and cellular networks for seamless offloading;

  • Use of common IP networks and cabling infrastructure; and

  • Meeting code requirements for coverage and access of public safety systems.  

 

Delaying actions to address capacity, density and quality of service will result in continued deterioration of performance across your business as end-users become increasingly more dependent on the wireless network.

 

The stark reality:

 

Having the ability to bring technologies and infrastructure together is the key to driving simplicity and scalability, but radio frequency (RF) propagation differs between Wi-Fi, cellular, public safety and low-powered networks.  It starts with a partner, like NCR, with the expertise and tools to properly evaluate your in-building environment, deploy OEM-certified systems and provide support services to keep your mobile users connected. 

 

Why invest?

 

  • Peace of mind that you’ll have a bullet proof roadmap as wireless technologies rapidly evolve

  • Ensure future connectivity of all humans and machines

  • Preserve value and greater marketability of commercial real estate

  • Improve the productivity and experience of staff and guests

  • Support critical business applications seamlessly across Wi-Fi and cellular networks

  • Reduce OPEX as in-building wireless systems are becoming Enterprise-friendly and scalable

  • Wireless Service Providers are now delivering RF signal source using lower cost methods

     

Interested in learning about NCR’s portfolio of services to support global wireless deployments?  Click here to learn more.

Steven Strickland

Solution Management & Marketing - Wireless

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With over 15 years of combined experience in telecommunications and enterprise software solutions, Steven blends industry knowledge with his passion for sales and service excellence. Steven’s work experience includes functional roles in sales, marketing, alliances, product management, engineering, project management and supply chain. A graduate from both Oglethorpe University and Georgia Tech, and certified as a PMP and RTPM, Steven continues his pursuit for education at the UGA School of Law and through involvement in Industry associations. Steven enjoys staying active with his local community, coaching his children's sports teams and college football Saturdays. Based in NCR's corporate headquarters in Duluth, GA, Steven currently leads NCR's wireless portfolio within the Solution Management and Marketing group. Steven focuses on a range of in-building wireless technologies, offer strategy for IoT and innovating global service delivery.