The consultative process for your company’s upcoming IT upgrade is complete. This is something that your company, your department, and most importantly you have been planning and budgeting for years and its realization is at hand.
You have done the research, attended technology seminars and invested in your education for your benefit and that of the company that is largely entrusting this to you. New equipment, software, desktop, laptop, printer, and other device vendors have been tirelessly reviewed and meticulously selected to function together, and scale as needed. Most importantly, all of these components will reside on a network, formed and supported by a new network cabling infrastructure.
You have also met with your cable company’s superintendent, and with great assurance developed a trust that your installation will be professionally installed. But what exactly do these assurances really mean? The superintendent on your project does not work for you. He works for his company, and it may surprise you to know that his or her compensation is based largely on the profitability of your project, which can pit their interests in many cases, directly against yours. The impact of these “interests” can manifest themselves in many forms including allocation of personnel, product purchasing power, change orders, quality control, and many, many other issues.
Is your network ready for the next wireless revolution?
With the evolution of smartphones and tablets, hotel networks are beginning to experience unprecedented demand for performance and bandwidth.
Many properties installed WiFi between 2003 and 2008 to meet guest demands. Most equipment installed only supports slower speeds with limited capacity on the number of devices they can handle. Additionally, most equipment is not optimized to address voice and video streaming. Today’s equipment provides better signal strength and is designed to handle more traffic.
The number of wireless devices most travelers are carrying has gone from one to three (laptop, Smartphone & tablet) and each require additional bandwidth strategy.
Days of providing a T-1 or DSL are gone. Many devices can consume up to 3 meg (if allowed). Properties need to re-evaluate their wireless strategy to keep up with guest expectations. The time for WiFi innovation is now. Mobile users are dramatically changing the dynamic of WiFi functionality. It is recommended that an assessment is done to determine any gaps in coverage or new equipment requirements.
Remember: It’s their WiFi, and they need it now.