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How to make your wireless networks industrial strength – part 2

Posted by Steve Northcott

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December 23, 2015 at 7:23 AM

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As we discussed in the first part of this latest blog series, numerous industrial environments have still not upgraded to an industrial wireless network, instead relying on the same standard network currently supporting their carpeted space. This is causing serious issues for businesses, as complex working environments demand a dependable, powerful connection in order to cope with their ever changing and chaotic nature, extreme conditions and diverse range of devices.

In the second and final instalment we take a look at the remaining three most common WLAN issues within industrial environments and how they could be solved with an industrial network.

  1. Managing bandwidth dynamically

As the demand for online applications including VoIP, mobile streaming, video surveillance and data transmission grows within an organisation, the bandwidth required increases significantly. This, compounded with the surging interest in cloud based technology, means a standard WLAN will become overwhelmed by increased traffic and unable to deliver a consistent connection.

As bandwidth itself is also finite, it’s important to manage the traffic effectively, prioritising devices and applications such as VoIP that require high levels of bandwidth to keep operations running smoothly.

Additionally, when several devices connect to the WLAN, access points can be overloaded unless there are algorithms available to distribute the load. It’s important to look for a solution that can balance the number of devices, data rates, applications, bandwidth and access point capacity for optimum performance.

  1. Managing your network intelligently

Today’s WLANs are increasingly at risk from physical and digital security breaches, so 24/7 visibility and proactive problem detection for your network is essential. Security platforms with features including data encryption, compliance documentation, sensor and video based monitoring can help eliminate any weak areas.

Centralised network monitoring further increases the reliability of the wireless connection by troubleshooting and repairing any issues in real-time before they impact the entire network and the productivity of the workers onsite.

  1. Reducing complexity with a unified corporate WLA

Depending on your individual needs, a bifurcated network may be the best solution, providing a split personality approach to serve the office space as well as the more complex industrial environment. This can be incorporated and controlled from a single centralised control centre that provides 24/7 visibility of your entire network.

Don’t let your enterprise suffer under the wrong WLAN. You could make dramatic improvements to the connectivity, reliability, productivity and even profitability of your business simply by upgrading to an industrial wireless network. To find out more, download our eBook, ‘How to make your Wireless Networks Industrial Strength’. It provides a practical guide to understanding the fundamental requirements for reliable, high-performance industrial wireless networks.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wireless LAN, WLAN, Warehousing, mobile devices