The sight of people hunched over laptops at the local coffee shop is now commonplace. Face it — we’re used to wireless computing. Mobile workers now make up a significant percentage of the workforce, and that number will be growing exponentially in coming years, research indicates.
While cabling within an office environment is still the best way to go, the practical applications of having access to a wireless network (LAN and WAN) are worth considering:
• Mobility: Wireless systems provide users with real-time access to their information anywhere. Your employees are no longer tethered to their desks. In addition, cities are enthusiastically adopting Wireless LANs for emergency services and security.
• Reduced cost of ownership: The initial investment required for wireless hardware can be more; however, enhanced employee productivity gains outweigh the expense of the hardware.
• Perquisites: Being able to tele-commute not only makes employees productive while “on the go”, it’s a morale booster and cuts down on fuel costs.
Mobile Computing Is a Viable Solution for Many Businesses
Traditionally, security risks have been the principal technical challenge for wireless networks. However, technological breakthroughs in the past few years have addressed the security and reliability concerns. As a result, many businesses are now enjoying the advantages of mobile computing.