This is where opinions diverge. Which wireless technology is better? Which brings more: 3G or WiFi? We have a little question about this: why choose?
To make mobile devices really powerful, they must be able to leverage the power of several technologies, according to what best fits the location and function. WLAN provides fast, convenient access to the network; GPRS / UMTS brings data to the destination when on the move; Bluetooth connects printers and other peripherals; and, for universal connection options, the USB interface is available. A mix is helpful, isn’t it?
Yes, if you provide the right mix and prepare it well. WiFi is really useful only if you have a protected network, use a managed Wi-Fi as a virtual network. Thus the necessary bandwidth is secured even with heavy visitor traffic and your services remain highly available.
It is also helpful if the communication can be blended within the device pool: equipment in the field will be connected via 3G, while the local team communicates cost-effectively via WiFi. The vital capability: all devices must work reliably together in a live-system.
It is also helpful to fully manage devices over the network. Updates and new Quipps are deployed simply “over the air” (OTA). Handhelds can also get their configuration and security policies automatically over the network. And the integrated „Team-Channel“ coordinates service teams fast, flexibly and perfectly. Now one just has to invent that.
Quipos. How it’s done.