This white paper from Honeywell examines the strengths and weaknesses of the different connectivity options both inside and outside the four walls. It looks at 802.11, WWAN, and Satellite. In terms of 802.11 it examines workers using the store-and-forward process, industrial field service, and in-vehicle hotspots. 802.11 uses the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands and is most commonly deployed in the 802.11b and 802.11g protocols offering an 11 Mbps and 54 Mbps transmission rate, respectively.
With WWAN (wireless wide area network) we look at the different types including CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access). Recently Qualcomm has added a new option in WWAN radios for mobile technology: Gobi WWAN. These radios are extremely flexible for North American enterprises because they can connect to either GSM or CDMA networks (AT&T uses GSM and Verizon uses CDMA). Internationally, this technology is often not necessary because most or all providers over a certain area use the same protocol.
Enterprise devices using satellite radios leverage the Inmarsat or other satellite constellations for affordable global alerting, messaging, and reporting when other forms of communications are not possible. This paper notes the following benefits of the Inmarsat satellite fleet:
To read more about the topics noted here and get a better understanding of the different wireless options available to your enterprise, download this white paper below.