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We live in a wireless world. Technology is constantly evolving. New and improved connectivity is always right around the corner. Appropriately, every application vendor seems to have a wireless technology that they recommend for their application.
How do you determine if that technology best suits you and your business requirements today and tomorrow? Is that technology the best technology for you? Or is it the best technology for that application vendor and their business needs?
Prioritize your applications based on your business needs.
You would like to leverage your investment in a wireless network to provide connectivity for all of the applications your business needs, and you need the ability to set your own communication priorities based on your business needs.
It’s even possible the application vendor’s ideas around the priority requirements for their particular application don’t exactly match those of your business.
And while you certainly don’t want to negatively impact any single applications performance, you do want to ensure those applications that your business determines as highest priority are able to deliver on their promised performance.
Future-proof for those upcoming applications.
There is a need to ensure whatever wireless solution you invest in has the capacity and performance available to handle all the applications you wish to utilize today, and has the scalability to add the other applications and use-cases that will be added in the next few years.
There is a need to ensure the total solution has the ability to truly allow quality of service, even in situations when the network is facing low level challenges, such as wireless congestion, that are rooted well below the wireless technologies ability to resolve.
Put as much effort in your technology implementation as you did in your technology choice.
What becomes evident is it’s not always the specific technology that is critical. It’s the implementation of that technology.
For example in terms of a self-healing, self-forming, client level meshing solution, Rajant Kinetic Mesh® protocol is hard to beat. The throughput, latency, roaming performance, and ability to work around challenges make it a great fit for most industrial networks. When the network is properly designed, even its ability to handle heavy loads and congestion is fantastic.
However, a poorly designed and implemented Rajant network will perform poorly, just as a poorly designed network using any other technology will perform poorly.
Designing and implementing your network with your applications in mind, including scalability, redundancy, security, and even providing some custom firewall capability on the mobile fleet for each individual application that allows dynamically changing access control rules, is critical in ensuring your network is optimized to your business objectives while providing the connectivity for your required applications and use-cases.
Do not overlook vendor accountability.
I think there is one other related point that is critical in this discussion. Not so much on the particular technology selected, but more on who designs, installs, and supports the network.
The network needs to be identified as a utility, rather than a part of any single application, particularly when applications from multiple vendors are deployed over your network. Identifying the network in this manner helps maintain the necessary levels of accountability and supportability for the network.
This is particularly important when challenges occur, whether they have their root in the application or the network. Having a network provided and supported by one of the application vendors leads to inevitable accountability concerns.
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