|The potential benefits of smartphones, iPads, and all things wireless are life-changing. From increased productivity and efficiency in the corporate world, to increases in patient safety and quality in healthcare, wireless devices and applications are driving generally happier customers everywhere.
Smartphone and wireless data usage is more than doubling every year with 70% of physicians and executives using smartphones that leverage 3G/4G high-speed data services. Meanwhile, new building codes, such as ICC IFC ’09 and NFPA 72 210, are mandating approved radio coverage for first responders.
But buildings, where we spend 80% of our time, present special challenges for wireless connectivity and often times have no more than 20% coverage for devices such as cell phones and tablets. High-rises and buildings with large footprints or below ground features can present unique challenges to deploying reliable wireless coverage. Additionally, modern construction techniques and materials used to achieve LEED certifications can block or degrade wireless signals, causing disruptions in connectivity – leading to dropped calls and lost data connections.