Business continuity, or the ability to maintain acceptable operational capability during and after a disaster, is essential to keeping organizations efficient, accurate and connected. Unfortunately, no wired Internet connection can maintain 100-percent uptime. And, for many businesses operations, 24/7 connectivity is critical.
Use Case: Retail
A retail store has a wired Internet connection coming in on an Ethernet circuit and relies on a cable modem as backup in the case of an emergency. When a power outage takes down all connections, the store is unable to use its point of sale (POS) system, manage inventory control or communicate with its various warehouses and manufacturing locations. In retail, where uptime is money, unplanned downtime is detrimental to business.
Using 3G/4G/LTE, Cradlepoint’s WWAN failover solutions for business continuity help organizations prepare for disaster recovery. Separate from the building’s network demarcation point, Cradlepoint’s solutions provide true, redundant WAN connectivity to maximize uptime, recoup losses and mitigate risk. With Cradlepoint, retailers can maintain connections and continue operations as planned in the case of an outage without missing a beat. In addition, Cradlepoint’s wireless “pay-as-you-go” pricing can save businesses money on a monthly basis (when compared to full-wired WAN plans), leading to further return on investment (ROI).
Often times, businesses need temporary networks or require permanent connectivity where a traditional wireless connection isn’t readily available. Or, the business is operating in a location where it does not own the existing infrastructure.
Use Case: Manufacturing
A food manufacturer wants to track all products leaving its warehouses using an RFID solution. However, it works with third-party warehouses, which have their own network that is shared with other partners and customers. In need of a safe way to connect its new RFID system, the manufacturer considers installing its own network. Yet, this is an expensive option that requires digging up the parking lot to run a wire into the warehouse – it could take months before the system is fully functional.
Cradlepoint’s Primary Connect offers both networking for existing 3G/4G/LTE data plans as well as a complete, integrated solution for setting up a primary network connection anywhere, regardless of existing wired connectivity limitations. Cradlepoint’s solutions are interoperable with virtually any network and are designed for easily deployable and manageable commercial applications. With this solution, the food manufacturer can quickly create a secure network connection within its third-party warehouses and begin utilizing its RFID solution to unveil new operational efficiencies.
Use Case: Agriculture
A farmer is looking to collect geospatial information with a mobile data collection solution in order to optimize crop growth. This requires a network connection in the field. However, the farm is located in a rural area where the cost of connectivity is extremely high and installing DSL cables is unfeasible.
With Cradlepoint’s Primary Connect, the farm can establish a reliable, cost-effective connection using LTE. Cradlepoint provides the flexibility to bring up a connection instantaneously, regardless of location or existing networks. As a result, the farmer can utilize a mobile data collection application without costly cable installations or expensive T1 connections.
Distributed enterprises with hundreds or thousands of locations face the ongoing challenge of maintaining network security. As the distributed enterprise’s gateway to their corporate WAN, the network’s edge is particularly vulnerable to threats. Additionally, many locations interface with third parties that require access as well.
Use Case: Healthcare
A healthcare organization has numerous clinics, each requiring Internet connections for various applications – waiting room kiosks, electronic health records (EHRs), and diagnostic tools. Some of these applications belong to third-party vendors. Due to security concerns and compliance regulations, the organization must segment the different locations and applications. This requires complex configurations and expends valuable time and resources.
Cradlepoint’s parallel networking solutions allow healthcare clinics to rapidly create their own network using a 4G/LTE router. As a result, separate applications, such as WiFi, medical devices, and EHRs, are hosted on their own respective networks. Third-party vendors must “Bring Your Own Network” (BYON), reducing the organization’s overall scope of work in maintaining network security.
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) have revolutionized the way many companies operate, reducing costs and improving accuracy by automating communications between central systems and remote devices. However, powering M2M environments with wired networks is costly, and sometimes, not even possible.
Use Case: Retail
A company wants to put digital signage in a retail location to promote its products and give consumers access to in-depth product information, reviews, product comparisons, and recommendations while shopping. However, these interactive screens require access to a network. Instead of connecting to the store’s network – which requires the hassle of consulting the retailer’s IT department and poses security concerns – the company installs Cradlepoint devices with 4G LTE. As a result, the company is able to power its digital signage through its own, flexible, portable and secure network.
Internet users expect to be able to connect wherever they are, whether they are traveling from one place to another, or when they’re working away from the office.
Use Case: Transportation
A police department requires connectivity inside its cruisers, allowing officers to utilize mobile devices for video streaming, database searches, cameras, audio recording, etc. Previously, officers relied on air cards to establish a connection, which was inefficient, costly, entailed additional IT resources and posed security concerns. The police department now uses Cradlepoint’s in-vehicle LTE router, which provides mobile 4G LTE network connectivity. The network is secure, flexible, fast and easy to manage, saving the organization time and money, while improving efficiency in the field. In addition, Cradlepoint’s enterprise cloud manager application enables the central configuration, monitoring, and management of all in-vehicle devices.