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Private Wireless Network for Manufacturing & Logistics
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WHAT IS A PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORK AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT ONE?
A private network provides wireless broadband connectivity at enterprises and large public venues to power IoT devices and data connectivity. The network is only accessible to the hosting enterprise and their designated users, making it secure and closed to the public. Private wireless networks allow businesses to control every aspect of their wireless coverage from communications to data ownership. Because the technology is flexible and scalable, a private wireless network can be deployed across several facilities or at a singular location. The networks establish high capacity, low latency, rigorous security and reliability.
HOW TO SET UP A PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORK
Many enterprises outsource to an experienced wireless network provider. An experienced network service provider will conduct a thorough assessment to develop a custom connectivity design solution to meet the needs of the organization. Once the network is deployed, actionable data insights inform the maintenance and upgrade procedures. Having a dedicated network partner to manage the design, install maintenance enhances operations and can drive down costs.
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORK FOR MANUFACTURING AND LOGISTICS
Network downtime is costly. Seamless connectivity is needed to fully harness the power of the technological advances that are revolutionizing every aspect of life. Digital transformation must be a high priority for all manufacturing and logistics enterprises that want to remain competitive. As digital technologies become more complex and extensive, the safety and security concerns increase and intensify as well. Manufacturing and logistics require not only strong wireless connectivity, but also secure wireless connectivity. Hacking is a serious threat to manufacturing and logistics operations. Enterprises need to be able to control their own coverage and manage access. Private wireless networks provide dedicated, flexible connectivity with robust coverage that is secured against outside interception.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF USING PUBLIC WI-FI AND WIRED NETWORKS IN MANUFACTURING & LOGISTICS
Public Wi-Fi and wired networks present disadvantages for manufacturing and logistics. Wi-Fi is useful for basic communications. Now that factories are leveraging the growing power of the Internet of Things (IoT), strong, reliable and closed internet connectivity is needed for all aspects of operations. The applications used by IoT require substantial bandwidth. A drop in Wi-Fi signal no longer just means a dropped call. Signal gaps or insufficiencies could result in machine failure that causes a significant drop in productivity. Wired networks are also insufficient with no flexibility for easy movement of machines and they can pose safety hazards. With wired networks, miles of cables have to transverse factory floors. This is an eyesore, a poor use of real estate, and a tripping hazard. Because of the volume of cables needed, once installed, wired networks are difficult to move and cannot be flexible to operational growth.
TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT COMPANY DATA
It is critical to protect company data w. Security is important for business processes and customer relations. Security checks must be layered, and systems must be monitored continuously. Closed private wireless networks, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and cloud computing are solutions for maintaining network security. With these technologies, data remains on-site. This environment results in secure and efficient data transmission that can occur in real-time, be tracked with live analytics, and support machine learning and artificial intelligence.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN IT NETWORK PROVIDER FOR YOUR BUSINESS
It is important to have an IT network provider for your business because private wireless networks are complicated and ever-changing as new 5G standards come to market. With a network-as-a-service (NaaS) model, all the connectivity needs of an enterprise are overseen by an expert provider. While the technology can be navigated by a novice, working with an expert ensures a smooth, rapid transition from no or existing network solutions to sophisticated wireless service. A network service provider can ensure the network is up to date with the latest technology so the business benefits from every possible digital advantage. For 20 years, Boingo has been a trusted network service provider and a leader in the field of connectivity, offering Network as a Service (NaaS) models. Your manufacturing and logistics operation deserves best-in-class wireless service. To prioritize your digital systems for innovation and profit, contact Boingo today.