Tessco Wireless Journal August September 2015 Page 2 TESSCO Wireless Journal August/September 2015

AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2015 Product information and performance claims are provided by manufacturers. 2 From Cases to Power to Connectivity, Keep Your Employees Productive More and more workers are performing some job tasks outside the workplace and are increasingly looking at their own wireless devices to help them do their jobs better. This is likely to become more common as formal BYOD (bring your own device) programs promote a more connected and productive workforce, and employees increasingly access cloud-based assets and back-office resources using wireless connectivity. Clearly, wireless technology is giving today's workforce greater freedom to choose when and where work is done. To ensure employees achieve the highest levels of produc- tivity and that operations remain seamless, organizations must keep wireless devices protected. Today's most successful mobile enterprises are using a holistic, integrated approach to ensure flexible and pro- tected mobile capabilities for employees and customers. By aligning mobile initiatives with business models, goals and objectives, these organizations can provide instant access to key data and applications for a variety of devices while still maintaining high levels of security. Mobile Means More A mobile workforce gives the enterprise a number of distinct advantages, including the ability to: Improve customer satisfaction with a more informed, responsive workforce. Make more educated decisions and gain more time with secure, remote access to information. Gain a greater competitive advantage with more access to on-the-go, in-depth analytics and the very latest apps. Reach more customers face-to-face with a more mobile and effective sales force. Still, nothing can immobilize the wireless worker faster than a weak signal, power outage or broken device. The impact is immediate on productivity, safety and quality-and don't forget the bottom line. Maintaining mobility for your workforce requires looking at the big picture from device protection and vehicle outfitting to booster and power options. Following an analysis of workforce requirements, including job functions and work environments, you can create a strategy to deploy solutions that enhance workforce mobility. TESSCO recently worked with one of the nation's largest railroad systems to conduct an evalu- ation of its wireless workforce. Employees were using a range of old and new devices with inconsis- tent access and coverage. TESSCO offered a set of simplified solutions, and the railroad now posts all approved wireless products on its intranet, giving employees an easy, Outfitting Your Wireless Workforce FEATURED SOLUTIONS (continued from page 1) Members of the mobile workforce need the following devices to support mobile readiness: Laptops Smartphones Cases & Mounts Hands-Free Headsets Power Chargers Charging Cables Batteries Keyboards Equipping the Mobile Workforce Featured Wireless Workforce Manufacturers Ensure Coverage When Ceiling Heights are Greater than 25 feet Using APs with integrated antennas at heights greater than 25 feet is not an option. The low gain of the integrated antenna creates a very small coverage cell, compared to external antennas or antennas mounted at lower heights, that is insufficient for providing coverage that will reach the floor. Higher gain external antennas are needed to provide adequate coverage and capacity. External omnidirectional antennas with higher gain will offer an increased coverage area but may not provide the capacity required. Directional antennas offer narrower coverage areas but will increase capacity for the areas covered. Ensure Adequate Capacity in Densely Populated Venues High-ceiling venues often have large concentrations of mobile device users. High-density networks can ensure adequate coverage and capacity by addressing the issue of interference, which is the most significant cause of limited performance in these environments. This is accomplished by "mapping" users into smaller RF cells of operation. These narrower cells are created by using external antennas with narrow beamwidth and higher gain. Fewer users per AP helps to minimize channel-to-channel interference and maximize the use of available spectral capacity. Ensure Optimum Aesthetics Wi-Fi infrastructure in interior venues must be deployed in the most aesthetically-pleasing manner possible. Fortunately, today there are a number of ways to inconspicuously install APs and antennas. To minimize the overall infrastructure footprint, the AP can be installed within the ceiling or wall, leaving only the antenna visible. Another option is to conceal both the AP and the antenna by disguising them in the ceilings, walls or even furniture. This option is possible only if the concealment structure will not interfere with RF propagation. The third option is to choose an antenna with a small form factor that blends into the area. Today, antennas are available that are as small as four inches. Finally, co-locating mounts can conceal APs and cabling as well as simplify installation. Today, seamless network access is expect- ed everywhere, even in challenging high-ceil- ing venues. IT leaders can mitigate the challenges by selecting the correct external antennas and mounts. Ventev offers a comprehensive portfolio of TerraWave antennas that are compatible with most manufacturers' access points. Visit www.ventev.com/infra for more information . Ensuring Reliable Wi-Fi in a High Ceiling Environment

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