Bridging the gap between the office and home requires secure connections, mobile devices, and cloud-based applications. With these, employees can safely and productively work from anywhere, anytime.
But what about the office environment?
For the office environment, you need to know how employees use, navigate and interact with each other in that space. And this can be achieved through real-time worker insights.
Using digital workplace analytics, you can monitor the entire workplace — from social distancing to occupancy levels. You can combine this technology with wearable devices, desk-booking systems and cameras to get a complete view of health and safety in the office.
To maximise security, you can use the insights gleaned from data and trends to create new office policies, helping to meet the health and safety standards of both government and employees.
With your workforce increasingly dispersed, a dedicated ethernet connection, can provide the coverage and speed you and your employees need.
Managing bandwidth and creating flexible, accessible networks is one of the biggest challenges for businesses, especially for remote working. Not only are employees trying to stay connected with each other, but they are also trying to handle customer communications in new ways.
Whether it’s fixed voice and data connectivity that provides secure and reliable connections, or a network that can handle high traffic and wide-area data transfer, how you keep your employees and customers connected depends on your business’ individual needs.
For example, a Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) provides a virtual layer over an existing network. Using it, you can manage and prioritise network traffic, as well as allow employees to securely connect to business applications, whether they’re using MPLS, LTE or their home broadband.
If your business is more reliant on mobile connections, or have employees in the field, then a Mobile Private Network (MPN) will give you access to a dedicated business network, allowing your employees to stay connected over a 4G or 5G connection.
In the financial sector, secure cloud hosting is allowing providers to protect sensitive and commercially crucial customer information.
Financial services companies (particularly new financial technology brands) are reliant on efficient and secure cloud-based systems to keep data private and provide good customer service.
Take Bravura, for example, a leading fintech provider. We built them a flexible and secure cloud-based hosting solution that underpinned their innovative business model. You can find out more here.
For software development, secure cloud hosting and robust network capabilities are allowing Software as a Service (SaaS) companies to build bigger, better and more secure solutions for their customers.
This is crucial as businesses look for better solutions to help them deal with changes to how they work.
Especially when it comes to security. SaaS developers need to know that they can deploy their software securely, with no risk to their customers.
This is a challenge we worked with software pioneer Planxis with when they required higher levels of security in their products.
Siren Marine is a marine technology solution provider who worked with us on a remote monitoring device that connects to existing sensors on boats that can monitor and track the boat, providing real-time data access from anywhere in the world.
The solution is helping users to monitor vital information in real-time like temperature, anchor drag and position monitoring using geofence tracking.
This is creating higher levels of marine safety as it allows for instant alerts to be sent in the case of events like the unauthorised entry of a vessel, engine tampering, or water leakage, allowing faster emergency response and rescue.
Keeping the economy moving has become a balancing act of opening stores so they can do business, all while balancing that with keeping employees and customers as safe as possible.
Many are using a combination of smart parking, access control, heat detection cameras and device management to maximise safety and security.
Other retail businesses, like Mango, are using virtual technology to not only improve the customer experience but enable a safer shopping experience.
In the manufacturing sector, IoT and cloud connectivity are allowing engineers to manage the supply chain remotely. Sensors connected to machinery feed information — in real time — to centralised platforms, and using that information engineers can proactively maintain equipment to minimise downtime.