There’s a joke about “How to Install a Wireless Security System:”
Set out a pair of hunting boots—the largest size you can find—on your front porch, next to a really big dog dish. Leave a note on the front door that says, “Bubba, Big Mike and I have gone out to get more ammo—back in half an hour. Don’t disturb the pit bulls. They’ve both just been wormed and are a little antsy.”
Sure, wireless security on this kind of tight budget might give you a chuckle. But the fact of the matter is that the future of wireless networking and all its applications, in security and a whole lot more, is no joke. It’s progressing at a speed categorized by tech experts as nothing short of breathtaking.
Real wireless security on a budget? Check out the self-monitored system recommended by the home security resource A Secure Life, or products available at Amazon.com. We found this one with a full-function, expandable setup (the initial package includes a main keypad, a window/door sensor, 1 motion detector, and a key fob) at a low, low price that may rival the cost of those boots and dog dish. Wireless security systems like this can be programmed to sound an alarm or auto-dial emergency phone numbers, and you can turn the whole thing on and off with your cell phone.
The entire ‘smart’ home market — powered by WiFi, wireless cameras, cellular notifications, even automation, and controlled by mobile devices — is promising to be a game changer. Apple certainly thinks so: many may notice the disappearance of the traditional “home” key, replaced by a new solid-state button on the new iPhone 7, but perhaps more ado should be made about the new ‘Home’ app available through iOS10. The new feature is dedicated to helping coordinate 3rd party home automation programs – an even more advanced way to integrate your smart home with your smart phone.
In other ‘smart’ news…Apple’s elimination of the dedicated physical headphone jack in the new iPhone 7 has made perhaps the biggest headline of all. Pre-launch rumors that headphones would connect through the Lightning adapter turned out to be true, but was upstaged by Apple basically saying goodbye to the headphone jack entirely in favor of wireless AirPods.
Certainly, wireless Bluetooth headphones have been around for years, and are available to all consumers. They work with pretty much every smartphone out there, not just Apple’s. But Apple — which snapped up the iconic headphone manufacturer Beats in 2014 for $3 billion – seems to be positioned to set the new standard of wireless headphone performance.
Apple’s AirPods lineup includes three new Beats models. And with Apple’s new W1 wireless, the headphones are high fidelity, automatically pair with your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, put it simply: “We believe in a wireless future.”
Let’s think about the word ‘wireless’ for a moment.
It used to mean the telegraph way back in 1853, and later on was used to refer to the radio patented in 1897. The first telephones that offered the user freedom to wander past the limits of those curly cords were invented in the 1970’s, but really took off after the Federal Communications Commission expanded the frequency available for them in 1986. More recently, the cell phone industry has collectively come to be known as the definition ‘wireless’. The first organic return in a Google search for the word ‘wireless’ is for industry giant Verizon (as of September 15th, 2016).
But the reality of what ‘wireless’ truly is today matches more closely the broad definition as per Merriam-Webster: sending and receiving electronic signals by using radio waves. That means any kind of signals: WiFi, cloud computing, mobile platforms—all the technology that enables businesses to be nimble, mobile, and responsive. There’s scarcely an industry (including home security!) that is not being transformed by wireless in all its iterations. The future of networking is wireless.
And it’s growing fast:
Cisco has reported that, “[2013’s] mobile data traffic was nearly 30 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000.” Each new generation of computers, tablets, smartphones, and data centers housing and processing all the information being transmitted all over the world are ever faster. And the networks they use to connect are speeding up to keep pace.
Accessing information while on the move is expected by homeowners, smartphone users, and customers alike today. Businesses must serve customers from anywhere, at any time. Employees want to stay connected to the work they need to accomplish without worrying about wires. And this trend will continue– merging technologies will almost certainly increase the efficiency of wireless networks by a hundred times from what it is today.
What about your business?
- Are you nimble? Can your workforce accomplish what must be done and service your clients, customers, and constituents from anywhere, anytime?
- Do your people have access to the information they need where and when they need it, or do they have to be at their workstation to get to data?
- Do you have a competitive advantage in the wireless world, or are you possibly giving this advantage to a competitor by not keeping up technologically?
More Data, More Freedom, More Profits
5i Solutions tailor-designs solutions that can free your business from paper, and from wires too. Imagine: document management systems that allow you to access any document—or any piece of a document—instantly. No more wasted search time. All your data secured in the 5i Cloud Vault and available anytime, anywhere, and even (or especially) when you’re not near a wall jack. Information from pen-and-paper forms captured by wireless Pen technology and transformed into digital smart data. No need to plug in. No need to wait until you’re back at the office to get the information you need or to update the data you’ve gathered. Time is money. And going wireless saves time.
It’s truly a new, wireless world.
5i can provide these kinds of cord-free solutions to your business, no matter its size or industry.
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