In a Smart City, the Real Movement is Underground

Can you imagine a major metropolitan area without traffic? Or poorly lit side streets? How about a city that gave you a strong public Wi-Fi connection whether you were riding a subway or standing at the top of a skyscraper? If you’ve been dreaming of a city with the infrastructure to match the technological developments that have emerged in the past few years, you may not have to wait much longer.

Around the world, city officials are beginning to adapt to the times, leveraging connectivity solutions to integrate major segments of their metro-area infrastructure into the growing Internet of Things (IoT) network to build “smart cities.”

But while government officials and citizens alike are dazzled by the potential impact of a connected city on daily life, more attention needs to be paid to what’s happening below the surface.

Without a strong fiber optic network underground, smart devices may not work to their full potential. (more…)

When Disaster Strikes, How Will Your Business Respond?

When disaster strikes, people usually fall into one of two camps—those who were ignorant to the risk and become paralyzed; and those who were prepared to deal with the circumstances that have beset them and are primed for action.

Which category does your business fit into?

To find out, answer the following questions:

  • Does your business have a continuity plan in the event of power loss?
  • If your network is exposed to ransomware, leaving you without access to critical data, what would you do?
  • If an earthquake hit and destroyed one of your branch offices, would another location be able to step in and quickly fill the void?

Though such scenarios are beyond the scope of your typical day at the office, these questions are necessary to ask and answer because the cost of dealing with disaster recovery after the fact can be dangerous for both your bottom line and your brand image—and it only needs to happen once to alter the course of your organization.

So what kind of measures can you take to ensure preparedness in a disaster? A two-pronged approach, focusing on both network and data protection, is smart. (more…)

Separate Locations Doesn’t Have to Mean Separate Networks

Running a business with two locations can have you seeing double: twice the personnel, twice the supplies and twice the bills. More than that, and you might have the urge to put your optometrist in your speed dial. But if you’re duplicating your efforts when it comes to networking, you’ve got blinders on.

Business leaders tasked with managing multiple locations have a number of explanations as to why they have separate networks for each location. Some operate under the assumption that it is less costly than procuring unified network solutions. Others simply cite convenience. Still others argue that they don’t have the IT acumen to manage a more complex network.

If any of these explanations sound familiar, it’s time to dispel your beliefs about multi-location networking. (more…)

You Can’t Afford to Miss Wolfe at International Telecoms Week

Now in its ninth year, the International Telecoms Week (ITW) conference is heading to Chicago. It is the world’s largest meeting of the global wholesale telecommunications community. Last year’s event included more than 6,000 attendees representing over 1,900 companies from 140 countries—this year, turnout is expected to be even greater!

From May 8 to 11, ITW will be held in the windy city’s Hyatt Regency and Swissotel, and will feature a blend of exhibitions, conferences and networking events. You can see the full agenda for ITW 2016 here.

Of course, at the world’s largest telecom conference featuring industry powerhouses discussing big trends and announcing big news, it would be easy to lose sight of the simple fact that bigger isn’t always better. (more…)

The Home of the Future Is Built on Lightning-Fast Internet

If you’re a developer getting ready to break ground on a new residential neighborhood or condominium, you know that you need to furnish your dwellings with the most modern and innovative amenities possible.

Today, the amenities garnering the most attention are connected devices that turn ordinary homes into smart homes.

Household connected devices are improving the quality of many facets of everyday life. Consider, for instance, simple conveniences like automating light switches, or financially rewarding and energy-saving technologies like smart thermostats. New sensor technology is even being implemented to provide medical support for the elderly to help them live more independent lifestyles.

In a way, building a smart home is much like constructing any edifice: You’ve got to start with the foundation. In this case, that foundation happens to be high-speed Internet. (more…)