Why Your Business Needs Wireless Failover
Recent network outages highlight the need for backup connectivity.
With the rise of IoT and cloud-based platforms, a failover solution is essential in maintaining branch continuity. Failover protects your organization from lost productivity and lost revenue in the event of a wide area network (WAN) outage. Network outages can occur for many reasons, such as hardware issues, configuration errors, software update failures, security incidents, and construction accidents. Often networks are connected to two routers which act as a backup in case of an outage. If the primary router fails, the backup router takes over. For higher reliability, businesses should use two routers, both with a different type of WAN connection. In cellular wireless failover, one router is connected to a cellular LTE or 5G network.
While all organizations can benefit from a wireless failover solution, we’ve compiled examples from a few industries that have implemented wireless failover solutions. Read on to learn more about the opportunities available to various organizations when they implement a wireless failover solution.
Retail and Restaurants
Restaurants and brick and mortar retail stores have suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An outage that can cause point of sale (POS) machines to fail is the last thing they need. Wireless failover keeps networks up and running across branches of the organization, meaning POS machines at all locations are always up and running to maintain a high standard of customer service.
While smaller schools can operate with multi-WAN connectivity using a single failover router, larger schools need a wireless solution. The use of IoT in schools will only continue to increase, so a failover solution is essential. Many schools are now installing digital signage systems that can be updated remotely to keep students informed and provide important health and safety messages, making these systems essential during an emergency when it’s more likely for a system outage to occur.
Energy companies typically have many distributed branches, often located in very remote or rural areas. Oil and natural gas wells, windmills, and office locations dispersed across wide geographic areas can all face challenges with organization-wide connectivity. For branches located in remote areas, wireless failover to LTE may be the only option if wired networks don’t exist or are too expensive to install. Where wired lines do exist, they can be especially vulnerable to damage depending on the nature of the operation, so implementing a wireless failover system is essential.
24/7 connectivity is needed to take full advantage of the increased productivity and cost savings of IoT and connected vehicles in the transportation industry. A wireless failover is ideal for fleets, especially those travelling in remote or rural areas. Additionally, mass transit systems that provide in-vehicle payment or digital signage need failover to remain connected. Public safety is also enhanced when emergency vehicles are equipped with license plate readers or a wireless connection to upload video footage.
Innovations such as in-ambulance video live streaming and pop-up care sites are helping meet increased healthcare demands and require constant connectivity to function, making wireless failover an important consideration. With a cellular backup solution in place, healthcare providers can ensure patients get the care they need when they need it.
Extra Assurance with Satellite Connectivity
Implementing a wireless failover solution over a cellular network is a great way to keep your business running during a network outage. While cellular backup provides a high degree of protection, your data could still be at risk if a cellular network goes down. A satellite failover solution provides an added layer of protection against threats to cellular networks such as extreme weather and large-scale outages from telecommunications providers. Next-generation low earth orbit (LEO) satellites are far more reliable as a backup solution compared to traditional satellite connectivity. Because they orbit close to the earth, they deliver higher speeds with lower latency compared to satellites further away from the planet’s surface. A range of terminals are available, and a custom solution can be developed to meet an organization’s individual needs. Combining a cellular failover solution with a backup satellite connection ensures your network is protected and can continue to operate without lost productivity or revenue.
These are just a few of the many situations where organizations can benefit from wireless failover. No matter what industry you are in, wireless failover is essential in today’s interconnected world and ROCK Networks and our partner, Cradlepoint, a global leader in wireless failover technology, are here to help.
Download the 6 Wireless Failover Strategies for Enterprise Branch Continuity whitepaper to learn more.