According to a recent blog post on the Intel website WiGig (802.11ad) may be the best wireless solution for businesses in the years to come.
David Angell’s post on the Intel website points out that these days workers are much more comfortable working with the latest wireless technologies – sometimes more comfortable than the companies they work for. He asks the question, “Is your business prepared for the next wave of tech challenges brought on by the consumerization of IT?”
As he points out:
Consumer adoption rates for new technology have far outstripped the enterprise, which means your employees are already comfortable using new devices and networks. Consumer technologies that bolster wireless connectivity are becoming ubiquitous in the home – wireless speakers, printers, monitors, and the burgeoning Internet of Things have created a wire-averse consumer who sees cords as an impediment to their success and happiness. This new way of computing is inevitably creeping toward the office.
He mentions one recent study from IDC predicting that by 2020 there will be 212 billion connected devices, the majority of which will likely connect wirelessly. Angell says that one way companies can address these challenges is to upgrade business infrastructure, starting with their wireless networks.
As Angell says:
By implementing cutting-edge 802.11ac wireless technologies, your business can capitalize on the opportunities that the next wave of BYOD is expected to produce. The speeds offered by this next generation of wireless networks enable data transfer rates that will allow your network to support a multitude of devices without sacrificing bandwidth. While there’s no silver bullet to “future proofing” your office, there are ways to make it “future-friendly.”
With the new multi-gigabit speed WiGig (802.11ad) wireless technology, harnessing this powerful wireless technology for your office is the first step toward enabling the business of the future. Seamless integration with existing monitors and backwards compatibility with older devices will make WiGig an ideal wireless solution. A WiGig docking station will allow users to wirelessly connect to hard drives, speakers, printers, dual HD monitors, and other peripherals.
Angell concludes his blog by pointing out that “WiGig offers speeds up to 7 times faster than 802.11ac, and its instantaneous wireless docking coupled with a highly stable network creates an ideal wireless computing environment — and the opportunity for unencumbered collaboration.”
I’m all in favor of any technology that is both easy to implement and offers a way for businesses to keep their infrastructure up to date and responsive to change.
You can read Mr. Angell's full blog post here.