As unified communications (UC) continues to soar, there are more connected devices on the market than ever before. Enterprises rely on their IT departments to facilitate all UC needs and platforms, including network maintenance and improvements along with increasing bandwidth and adding accessing points. With this in mind, UC apps are slated to impact a range of networks in the months and years ahead.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to have a dramatic impact on networks and bandwidth allocation. In fact, industry experts predict that users will have, on average, 5.5 connected devices by 2020. UC is designed to streamline and centralize communications across the board while providing countless other benefits, including:
- Cost-efficient business and client communications
- Network enhancement and scaling
- Tremendous cost savings over traditional business systems and lines
- Uniformity and consistency in communications
- Energy efficiency
- Unified platforms that can control lighting, antenna systems, and more
Access Point Remedies
Even with the bountiful benefits of UC, traffic increases from IoT products to apps will pose a challenge. This is especially true for sites that have transient workforces and rely on wireless and wired local area network (LAN) connections for daily protocols. Further, adding devices to wireless networks can result in multipath, where signals bounce off of other signals and create the network equivalent of rush hour traffic.
The solution to this problem is to add additional access points. This enables optimal correlation between IoT products and UC platforms. Access points also relieve rush hour web traffic while securing real-time connections across broadband and digital environments.
While UC platforms continue to dominate the spectrum, bandwidth usage has become saturated. As such, bandwidth needs to be increased to central antennae for optimal communications between clients and servers. According to IT experts, the new 802.11ac wireless protocol is a solution to bandwidth issues stemming from IoT products.
When fully integrated at the highest bandwidth capacities, two cables are utilized instead of one. There are, however, fewer open channels – but these access points have more packet carrying capacities. This means there is more sustainability for maximum correlation between IoT products and UC platforms.
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