Whether you’re inside the four walls of your warehouse or out in the field, your wireless network is incredibly important. It’s imperative that your business run at optimal efficiency all the time. When your devices are not functioning properly in a certain area of your warehouse, or you experience connectivity issues due to environmental factors in your facility, periods of downtime can occur where your employees have to process data manually and their productivity can be greatly affected.
Sound familiar? Many warehouses and distribution centers suffer from having wireless coverage issues in their facility and become problematic for their employees ability to work productively. Whether you’re building a new facility or would like to change the wireless infrastructure of your existing location, getting a site analysis or site survey is key to identifying these possible coverage issues and combating them.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SITE ANALYSIS AND A SITE SURVEY.
So, what is a site analysis and what is a site survey? A site analysis is when a certified engineer visits your existing facility and analyzes its wireless infrastructure. They identify the wireless coverage issues and possible problem areas and propose solutions and help you implement them. A site survey is similar, except that is usually done when enterprises are remodeling or rebuilding a new facility. In this case, that engineer would visit the building site and help install a wireless network from the ground up.
A common question that we get is- can’t my IT guy just run software and do this? The answer is yes, they could, but you wouldn’t be getting the full benefits of a site analysis or site survey. Here is what the full service can do for you over that software:
1. You’ll get a certified engineer on-site.
Unlike an IT professional, engineers who are certified to give site analyses and site surveys know to look for things that your wireless network software can’t find. For example, how is furniture affecting wireless connectivity? What about wall thickness? How will your facility’s environment possibly affect your connectivity? Where in the warehouse will there be serious issues? How will your wireless network and cellular network work together? These are questions that a software might not be able to answer fully. It will save you time and hassle in the long run to have a certified engineer come to you.
2. Have a secure, trusted space to store your configuration settings.
Hardware failure, whether individual or catastrophic, can greatly impact the efficiency of your business. We copy and store all configuration files on our secure servers, thereby greatly reducing your recovery time. The problem with doing that in-house is that in certain instances, a company’s secure servers can be hacked, and information can be compromised. If your company’s data is backed up by a reliable partner, and a data breach occurs, you could get up and running while you deal with the internal issue.
3. Get expert advice on network security.
We won’t just help you identify pain points in your coverage. We’ll also make recommendations how to tighten up your network security and guarantee that you can work safely and productively without compromising important company information.
4. Receive detailed reporting.
You’ll receive a detailed report with coverage maps and automatic signal quality study of all existing access points. We’ll also identify key points to improve the performance of your wireless network and suggest places to install new access points.
Providing a site analysis or site survey is one of many managed services that we offer our customers. We’re more than a mobile hardware and software provider– we’ll make sure your wireless network and devices are operating at peak efficiency 100% of the time.
Interested? Contact us to learn more.