The ubiquitous cellphone works well for most of us, most of the time. Occasionally, we get a dropped call or two when coverage plummets, or the odd network outage means that we can’t download emails or browse the internet — when that happens it’s frustrating. However, to a police officer or utility worker in a remote area, reliable coverage is not merely a nice-to-have but an absolute necessity — to be able to function properly and for personal safety.
While a CIO may want to ensure field workers have reliable radio communications, the idea of operating a standalone radio network isn’t immediately attractive, when all of the other networks in the organisation are IP-based. As these are largely physically wired networks — Local Area Networks (LANs) — connected by a Wide Area Network (WAN), they are relatively straightforward to manage. However, radio technology has evolved significantly in the last few years, and today’s IP-based radio networks share much in common with modern IT systems.
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