The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement introduced new challenges to IT administrators, many of which are now being addressed by a variety of mobile device management (MDM) solutions on the market. But the general approach to MDM has neglected an important aspect of mobility, which is managing howdevices connect to the corporate network over public, uncontrolled access points. The widespread availability of Wi-Fi hotspots, including the smartphone in your pocket, has sparked a “bring your own network” (BYON) trend with its own challenges that few organizations have even considered, much less resolved.
Do you often notice those covert, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the edges of buildings, in trees, and along highways? Ever wonder who is watching them? They’re owned and operated by multiple municipal agencies, such as the Department of Traffic, Parks Department, and several other organizations. These omnipresent cameras, seen or unseen, cover a great deal of our city landscapes, both above and below ground.
Many agree that this would be an incredible resource for our cities’ first responders, such as police and fire departments, being called to emergency scenes. Imagine these authorities getting a first-hand view of a scene before they even arrive. A 911 dispatcher would immediately estimate how many police or fire units might be needed to respond to that call. As for getting a jump on the bad guys, an FBI response team would instantaneously review relevant video footage to help identify suspects.
For most of us, dropped calls and flaky data connections are inconveniences. For public safety officers, it can be a matter of life and death. Every conversation, mobile connection, and video transmission counts when lives are at stake. Public safety departments require a reliable, adaptable network connectivity solution that provides secure, persistent access to both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The challenge is dealing with a wide variety of mobile devices, congested networks, and a lack of standards in broadband connectivity.