The Importance of Wireless Data Networking and Mobile Computing

In an information heavy age where access to the internet is expected immediately, it’s important to keep your employees connected. Through data sharing via Wi-Fi and mobile technologies such as 3g and 4g, it’s now possible to remain in constant contact with your staff. Thanks to wireless networks it’s no longer so important for your employees to be in the building, especially if you allow BYOD or remote working.

Mobile Computing

Effectively a mobile computer is a one that’s not limited to one location. Instead of being chained to a desk, the mobile computer can be taken anywhere and internet access is available wherever there is signal.

In recent years the variety of mobile devices on offer has drastically increased. This has led to a trend for ubiquitous computing. Computers are now all around us, allowing and enabling access to the online world at anytime, any place, and anywhere.

Future of Computing

Mobile computing is the future of technology as it allows constant contact with the Internet and data that needs sharing. The mobile world ensures that we’re all connected at the touch of a button and in business terms, it’s incredibly important to stay abreast of this revolution.

You can be sure that your competitors are making sure that their employees are connected and up to date. To fall behind in an era where information moves at the click of a button is to become extinct.

The sale of desktop PCs is falling each year and it is now at an all time low. The original motivation, in the 1980s, for business’s buying desktop PCs was that they were the best technology available.

Today this is no longer the case as mobile devices are much more practical, less space and time consuming, and they fulfil the requirements of most users.

Growth Industry

The average wholesale price of a mobile phone in 2007 was $120. This price was falling and analysts talked about market saturation as everyone who could afford a phone had one.

Now however smart phones have changed the industry. Prices have leapt by 50% and the revenue from all mobile phone handsets has doubled.

Benefits of Wireless Data

The growing dependence on smartphones means that nearly everyone has basic computer access at all times. Research suggests that the smartphone, tablet, and data plan industry is now a trillion-dollar business.

Mobile computers are spreading faster than any other consumer technology in history, Even those users considered ‘too old’ for the smartphone revolution are becoming connected and purchasing smartphones. Almost half of all mobile phones consumers are now using a smartphone.

So with many people connected via their smart phones, effectively pocket PCs, it is clear that there is huge scope for better communication and connectivity. However, the big question facing technology companies is how to make money from this ever-expanding technology.

Data Networks

What is a data network? It is an electronic communications process that facilitates the transfer of data in an orderly and controlled manner. The types of data that can be transferred and shared are letters, spreadsheets, and other types of documents.

What sets a data network apart from other networks and forms of communication is its emphasis on transmitting data alone. Other types of networks serve different functions, such as an audio or voice network that are often employed for the sharing of audio and data files.

Two Types of Data Networks

There is a private network, which is essentially a local network that’s designed to share information within a closed system. This closed system could be a company for example and so the network would function like an intranet.

A private network can link various departments in a business easily and successfully. All communication can go through a single server that functions like a library, collecting and compiling all the data that has gone through the company.

This small and localised server can also be linked between several companies. These connections can be achieved through the creation of a virtual private network (VPN). This type of network resides on a singular master server or it can also work through the proviso of a network or communications carrier.

Secondly and in contrast to a private network there is a public network. Like the name suggests this network is available to a large audience and is widely accessible to both residential and corporate clients.

The setup of this network type may require using several servers and connections to the network through several different processes. This type of network will often require a subscription process. This could be in the form of a monthly usage fee. It is down to the service provider to facilitate the creation of access credentials.

This will let the user access authorised portions of the network and allow that user to access the data being shared. Access to a network allows the user to retrieve and store documents, create backups of important data, and successfully archive data.

Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing

By embracing modern technology, sharing data becomes much easier. The majority of your employees probably already have a smartphone. Use this technology and its proliferation to communicate more effectively, share data, and keep them in the loop. In an era dominated by information sharing, it pays to be aware and to employ contemporary technology successfully.

Don’t forget also that there are many ways in which cloud technologies can be utilised to give another dimension to how data is stored and transmitted. We live in a world of ever-expanding technological choice.

Need advice on your company network? Perhaps you want to implement a BYOD scheme and don’t know where to start? Contact us today to find out how we can help make your business more flexible, scalable and agile.