Private networks are fast becoming synonymous with enabling digital advancement, particularly in sectors with large campuses that have struggled to find a connectivity solution they can rely on. In our latest infographic we highlight some key ways in which organisations are making the most of their private networks.
Reliable, secure connectivity that reaches into the far corners of mega ports is facilitating innovations like automated guided vehicles and remote control cranes for greater operational effectiveness.
In the ports and shipping sector, private networks are laying the groundwork for digitisation. With reliable, secure connectivity capable of reaching into the far corners of mega ports organisations are able to introduce automation for improved operational effectiveness or worker safety with innovations like automated guided vehicles and remote control cranes. These developments are leading to significant efficiencies in a sector ruled by how quickly ships and trucks can be unloaded and loaded. Large distribution warehouses are also able to embrace robotic box pickers and carriers. Thanks to the extended and continuous coverage of a private network, these robots and autonomous vehicles can operate in close proximity without colliding, using less space than their manual counterparts.
Private networks facilitating digitisation across sectors
We're also seeing ports digitising their core processes and equipping workers with handheld devices. A reliable, continuous connection to the Terminal Operating System has helped ports to reduce their reliance on paper and move instead to digital processes. Because of the environment, this could not be achieved with Wi-Fi.
This digitisation of processes is not just taking place in outdoor rugged environments, it’s also being made possible in large healthcare environments, improving patient care where workers can securely and safely access confidential patient data instantly, track and monitor devices all over the site, and avoid excessive cabling which is both expensive and difficult to keep clean.
Private networks creating efficiencies in large campuses
With entire airfield coverage and no connectivity blackspots, airfields can keep track of all their vehicles and other assets at all times.
Airports too are benefiting from private networks, particularly when it comes to knowing where key assets are at all times. With entire airfield coverage and no connectivity blackspots, airfields can keep track of all their vehicles and other assets at all times. The wide reach of a private network has also transformed large agricultural sites which have been able to roll out remote monitoring and guided equipment to check soil quality leading to improved efficiencies.
The ultra-low latency and interference-free signal of a private network is also facilitating the adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) where experienced engineers guide on-site staff through equipment repairs. This is helping airports, ports, manufacturers and other sectors to dramatically reduce equipment or system downtime and the costs associated with engineer site visits. AR is also being used in the healthcare sector where surgeons use it to directly access enhanced clinical information.
Private networks' ultra-low latency and interference-free signal is enabling the adoption of Augmented Reality where experienced engineers guide on-site staff through equipment repairs.
In the energy sector, intelligent sensors located in hard-to-reach areas can proactively notify energy workers of potential health hazards such as invisible flammable vapours or rising CO2 levels, while guided robots can take remote readings and perform other routine tasks thanks to the reliable and low-latency connectivity of a private network.
Private networks, which provide organisations with their own dedicated, super-fast connection, are truly an enabler of change. Today's organisations are already tapping into the potential of a private network but we are just at the tip of the iceberg. As technologies and use cases evolve we will continue to see innovation and transformation happening across organisations in all sectors.
Is a private network the right solution for my organisation?
- How do you currently manage connectivity on your site?
- Have you experienced any challenges such as interference, blackspots, throughput, with your WiFi connection?
- Are you about to embark on a digital transformation project?
- How critical is the security of your network?