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Carmody suggested that users and VARs consider building out Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) within their buildings or campuses to support this mobile shift.
"As mobile line-of-business applications are being embedded in businesses, the networks that the mobile devices are depending on are no longer optional. [Cellular service] needs to work in your buildings," said Carmody.
Carriers have begun to invest millions in upgrading their networks and installing DAS in office buildings, hospitals and apartment buildings to offload traffic from their cell towers, he said.
Carmody advises that while it may be tempting to let the carriers fund DAS in their buildings, users are locking into a particular carrier and limiting the capabilities that could be provided. Instead he recommended that customers and VARS think about creating a neutral host distributed antennae system that can also be integrated into W-Fi networks, 4G and provider public-safety frequency, two-way radios or paging systems.
"If you have an attractive venue, you can charge the carriers to connect to them and recoup systems costs as well as create a new revenue stream for businesses," he said
The COMDEXvirtual panelists offered these five recommendations to make mobility easier.
1. There is not one device or one capability, so understand your mobile workers' environments and requirements. Understand the nuances.
2. Control the process. Device management and security management policies are part of any mobile decision.
3. Take into consideration your actual wireless environment.
4. Make sure you choose your integration partners carefully. Make sure they understand the cellular business and your business.
5. Take a hard look at how OSes and applications will be rolled into the overall mobile process.
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