In Building Wireless
In Building Wireless (IBW) is a term that can and does describe an extremely diverse family of wireless interfaces that supply seamless coverage at some of the largest and most complex environments in the world. Proximity Wireless provides turnkey in building wireless and outdoor enterprise class solutions for any industry. Regardless of industry vertical or market, such solutions are no longer an amenity, they are a necessity and even considered a utility in some industries like healthcare.
Both private and public sector entities have evolved such that in building wireless solutions are expected as a convenience but required to enable instantaneous communication channels, critical in today’s fast-paced, resource limited world. Not only enabling human to human communications but such networks may be required to enable the increasing numbers of human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interfaces. Factories now have many machines that communicate wirelessly. Casinos have rows and rows of slot machines that improve security, management and customer experience by making use of wireless capabilities. Hospitals are some of the most complex wireless environments around.
Not only has in building wireless become a critical arm of every IT manager’s network but large environments are increasingly becoming an extension of the cellular operators outdoor macro-cellular world. They tie into carrier switching networks to offload and supplement carrier operations by reducing the strain on outdoor base station sites. Recent trends show that the sheer volume of data demand is skyrocketing as more and more users are carrying the latest 3G/4G devices such as smart-phones and pad computing devices. The carriers are in a cooperative posture when it comes to femto and microcellular extensions to their existing macro-cellular networks in order to adequately serve their clients. This allows reaching into large buildings without having to build more outdoor radio sites.
Regardless of the devices used, both operators and enterprise owners alike realize they must be able to connect via in building wireless using the fastest channel available. They must be able to roam seamlessly into and out of enterprise environments on public networks, private networks or in some cases both. Back-office interoperability can enable public-to-private roaming, ensure uninterrupted data sessions and even enable internal PBX functions across public networks. This is known as Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) and seamlessly integrates the user’s communication experience from home, in the office and on the go.
As wireless technology pushes out more flexibility, easier access and lower operating costs, it also drives the one common element – the in building wireless distribution network.