Posted by Admin on July 20, 2016
Have you ever heard of “BYOD”? You may not be as familiar with this term as I wasn't, until very recently. Apparently, in our digital era, “bring your own device” is becoming the norm. Just look around you. At the gym, at your favorite café and even at your place of employment, it is very common for the people around you to be buried in their smartphones, tablets or laptops. Bringing your own device often entails using them together with, or instead of, the standard work tools provided in a professional environment. As this phenomena picks up steam, the problems associated with it undoubtedly have risen.
If you think back, even just a few years ago, this conduct would have been perceived as rude, unprofessional and, in some cases, a threat to security. However, with the number of people who own smartphones and tablets continually rising, along with the strengthened intensity of personal attachment to these devices, a movement towards allowing “BYOD” in the office has officially begun. In addition, recent studies have also shown that those who’re allowed to bring their own devices into the work place are more fulfilled, happy, and content. Because of this, numerous companies are already jumping on board with this idea, not only for the flexibility it offers, but also because of the natural increase in productivity and efficiency that comes along with it.
INSUFFICIENT CELLULAR COVERAGE.
Over time, people have become more and more dependent on being able to connect their portable devices to cellular networks, regardless of where they are. In commercial buildings, however, there are often many “dead spots” that lack adequate indoor coverage. Due this problem, cellular carriers that tout their brand by offering free internet in coffee shop chains with their branding, “Free Mobile Hotspot Powered by (Cell Carrier Name)” struggle with complaints and brand thrashing instead of brand boosting. Lash-backs due to slow internet speeds exist equally in major cities as well as rural environments. In cities, concrete buildings block mobile internet reception. In rural places, distance to nearest towers is a problem.
A recent study determined that although 43% of all cellular phone calls are now made from inside commercial buildings, only 30% of businesses feel their in-building coverage is capable of handling that kind of increased mobile usage. Also, most of the people surveyed mentioned they were required to roam around the office or go outside in search of efficient coverage. A related study also determined that a mere 2% of all commercial structures contain adequate technology to provide reliable cellular coverage.
Even worse, a large number of expanding businesses operate from within huge buildings or expansive campuses, only contributing to such issues. Structural materials such as concrete, stone, brick and drywall all have detrimental effects on cellular signals, weakening them and sometimes blocking them altogether. Signals sometimes can’t even make it through windows, bouncing off and away from structure. This is especially common with energy-efficient windows covered in metal-oxide.
As you can see, building owners are not only lacking the technical infrastructure to provide ample cellular coverage but their physical buildings are also contributing to such mobile hotspot detrimental issues. This absence of wide-spread cellular coverage can cause a wide array of complications, from frustration experienced by employees and visitors to reductions in employee productivity. Even lost revenues and compromised safety and security can be a result.
HOW CAN INDOOR CELLULAR RECEPTION BE ENHANCED?
Because of the modern importance of cellular signal quality and availability, many companies are now being proactive when it comes to their considerations of buildings and structures to occupy. This increase in demand for maximized indoor cellular reception may also influence builders to consider cellular coverage during construction rather than after. This forward thinking would eliminate retrofitting costs for building and business owners, thereby making the structure more appealing to our modern-day, connected workforce.
A DAS or “distributed antenna system” is a common option for large structures without an already dedicated cell network infrastructure. While effective, these systems are big, intricate, expensive, and complex. For this reason, many structure owners may not opt for these except in cases where vast amounts of size and range are required, such as in stadiums or subway tunnels underground.
CELL SIGNAL BOOSTER IS ANOTHER SOLUTION.
Cellular signal amplifiers or boosters receive existing signals from the outside of buildings, however faint they may be, and broadcast them throughout the interior of the structure. Corporate offices, hospitals, schools and other small buildings can benefit greatly from this simple solution.
Our cellular signal amplifiers are also carrier-agnostic, meaning they don’t discriminate between carriers, networks or devices. All signal strengths will be improved regardless, making these systems the perfect solution for BYOD environments where many users connect simultaneously to download and upload data packets that take substantial bandwidth.
Looking towards the future, mobile device usage is on track to do nothing but expand within commercial spaces. Ideally, developers and builders should begin to consider cellular network functionality and coverage before construction rather than after, avoiding retroactive modifications which are much costlier.
Cellular signal boosters offer a practical answer for those in search of a way to improve cellular coverage within an existing commercial properties such as BYOD for free Internet locations. Cellular amplifiers not only help to promote greater customer satisfaction while they are able to access fast high speed Internet, but it enhances workplace productivity and increased employee satisfaction.
Few restaurants that offer free mobile hotspot for free Internet Wi-Fi (or more accurately Mi-Fi because it uses the 4G LTE “mobile network”):
Few retail stores that offer free mobile hotspot for free Wi-Fi Internet (or more accurately Mi-Fi because it uses the 4G LTE “mobile network”):
As you can see, offerings of free Internet to customers is gaining momentum. It keeps the customers within the respective establishments longer. While they stay longer, they most likely eat and drink more which helps the business’ bottom line by increasing revenues and profits. Therefore, businesses purchase our cell signal boosters to ensure no interruption in customers online activities because that would mean loss of patronage and future recurring business. Cellular mobile hotspot signal boosters incur only a reasonable one time cost with no monthly fees afterwards. Therefore, they pay for themselves over and over with strong Internet connectivity for clients. Furthermore, in this economy, client satisfaction is priceless - For wireless carriers, as well as businesses that offer this perk to their patrons.