“Within the classroom, we are witnessing an evolution to converged networks as digital instructional networks, indoor cellular, switching and cabling equipment, and IoT systems intertwine and drive unprecedented collaboration between IT and operational technology (OT) departments . Building automation systems for heating and cooling, lighting, smoke/vaping detectors and Electronic door locks are moving to IP networks, demonstrating the imperative of network convergence.
Chen Weimin, Sales Director of CommScope RUCKUS China
2021 has just passed, driven by distance learning, working from home and watching online events, the importance of network infrastructure has become increasingly prominent. This trend is also set to continue in 2022, as companies, schools and public venues all strive to attract people’s time, energy or money. There will be a new focus on enhancing the experience for employees, visitors and students, and many of these new experiences rely on robust network access and connectivity. So, how will this trend of enhancing the experience through digital capabilities affect offices, hotels, industry, educational facilities and other public venues?
Upgrade public venues
The challenge for public sports venues is to increase the number of non-sports events such as concerts and performances. As the screen size of home TVs becomes larger and larger, and sofas for leisure at home become more and more comfortable, public sports venues also need to provide tourists with a richer on-site experience. For example, Miyuan Genting Paradise located in Chongli District, Zhangjiakou City integrates ice and snow sports, sightseeing, catering and entertainment, business exhibitions, and creates a comprehensive tourism and leisure resort area for tourists. The Genting Ski Park located in the park, as one of the snow competition venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is also the only snow competition venue rebuilt on the basis of the existing ski resort for this Winter Olympics. It is reported that it will be held after the Winter Olympics. For the long-term operation of popular skiing and tourism, it is committed to becoming a popular ice and snow sports promotion base, bringing tourists a professional snow sports experience; at the same time, the Winter Olympics track and facilities also enable the ski resort to continue to hold international professional skiing events in the future. The ability of business events.
To enhance the visitor experience, we will also see more public sports venues increase convenience through contactless ticketing and fare reductions, provide online information about crowded concession stands or restrooms, and conduct automated temperature screening Ensure the safety of tourists. Additionally, the venue will continue to share information with visitors and provide video streaming to remote audiences.
Internet connectivity is without a doubt the foundation of it all. While mobile operators or neutral hosting providers have been deploying systems to expand mobile coverage for many years, as applications expand, venues will focus more on networking options such as Wi-Fi 6, which we will experience in stadiums as well. to more Wi-Fi networks. Given that many venues typically do not deploy new network equipment until they understand the funding and operations of new network equipment, vendors can help make this transition by advising venue owners on funding and operating models.
Optimize the configuration of the corporate office environment
Companies around the world are considering more accessible and attractive office locations, as well as a deep understanding of who will use them. Employers need to be aware of their employees’ usage of the building to identify certain space usage so that they can reallocate space when needed. The new office space will also be reconfigured to accommodate changes in employee preferences. Overall, these measures are aimed at giving companies a higher return on real estate investment, while also giving telecommuting employees a reason to hold regular meetings. Progress at many companies is already paying off, such as creating social opportunities for telecommuting workers and giving those workers a sense of being back in the office.
Although workplaces are not being used in the same way they used to be, they are still critical to creating and maintaining company culture. So, even in a perpetually remote world, companies eliminating brick-and-mortar office spaces for employees entirely would be an overreaction.
In China, some companies have taken the lead in trying the hybrid office model to explore whether it can be used as one of the long-term office forms in the future. With the change of people’s office mode, enterprise users’ demand for streaming media such as video conferencing has become more and more prominent. Wireless networks must not only support daily email sending and receiving, website access, but also ensure smooth video conferencing and high-quality voice communication. Given the surge in business demand for networks today, network strength and speed have become critical to day-to-day operations, and Wi-Fi 6 solutions are critical to ensuring high-speed connectivity at scale. The deployment of Wi-Fi 6 will enable enterprises to achieve robust and seamless multi-device connectivity for optimal network performance even in congested areas, thereby providing better wireless network connectivity for diverse office environments.
Enhance the hospitality experience
As telecommuting reduces business travel, hotels are finding new ways to increase their attractiveness to guests. In addition, hotels are now starting to compete with public venues for conference business, and are increasing their attractiveness by deploying faster and more comprehensive Wi-Fi systems, increasing subsidies for connectivity, and adding digital assets such as large-screen TVs. force.
At the same time, hotels are working to increase efficiency through digital technology. Electronic door locks are commonplace these days, and larger properties have IP phone systems that provide online room service ordering, concierge services and other amenities. As hotel guest services and applications migrate to the cloud, guest Internet and back-office systems are converging on IP networks to increase efficiency. Given the growing focus on security, hotels are also adopting SD-WAN to help prevent hacking.
All of the above can help major hotel groups increase guest loyalty to the brand and protect their investments in the long term. As for infrastructure, investing in next-generation Wi-Fi 6 also plays a key role in enabling hotels to support massive high-speed connections. The deployment of Wi-Fi 6 can help hotels capitalize on this exponential growth trend by enabling stable and seamless connectivity across multiple connected devices, ensuring that hotels provide the best possible network performance for guests within their premises.
Unlock the potential of the industrial sector
According to data from the World Internet of Things Conference in September last year, the number of Internet of Things in my country has reached 4.53 billion by the end of 2020, and it is expected to exceed 8 billion in 2025. In industry, fast and robust connectivity is unlocking enormous potential and opportunities. More and more IoT applications are being used for screening, remote monitoring, asset tracking and other functions to ensure employee safety and improve operational efficiency. For example, network-based location services running through Wi-Fi access points and BLE beacons will make it possible to track and Display the location of all equipment and workers throughout a factory.
At the same time, the recently released “14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of Intelligent Manufacturing” also clearly put forward specific goals for 2025, one of which is to build a more solid foundation and build a standard system and network foundation that adapt to the development of intelligent manufacturing Facilities are also mentioned in the planning. In view of the real-time, automation, security and other characteristics of IIoT applications, the value of building high-quality networks will also increase.
Education and Digital Learning
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many educational institutions to switch to emerging digital technologies when academics and technology are not yet ready and inexperienced, but these institutions are now catching up.
Within the classroom, we are witnessing an evolution to converged networks as digital instructional networks, indoor cellular, switching and cabling equipment, and IoT systems intertwine and drive unprecedented collaboration between IT and operational technology (OT) departments . Building automation systems for heating and cooling, lighting, smoke/vaping detectors and electronic door locks are moving to IP networks, demonstrating the imperative of network convergence. Some facilities will use network convergence to increase efficiency, while others will continue to maintain separate networks for control, and network providers must be able to support both models accordingly.
In 2022, the trends created by the epidemic will be further refined. Educational institutions, public venues, office spaces, industrial sectors and hotels will all require faster and more robust wired and wireless networks to support their various initiatives. In the new year, we will also witness substantial progress in network upgrades.