You are previewing Wireless Mobility.
O'Reilly logo
Wireless Mobility

Book Description

Comprehensive Answers to the "Why" of Wireless Mobility

In this unique guide, Cisco wireless expert Neil Reid incorporates best practices from some of the most complex and challenging wireless deployments in the industry and provides an insider's view of the "why" of wireless mobility. The book discusses the critical need for today's wireless networks and how these systems are integral to education, healthcare, manufacturing, and other industries. Wireless Mobility looks beyond the technology and costs of wireless implementations, focusing on the long-term strategic advantages enabled by wireless mobile networks.

Coverage includes:

• How wireless networks are used to derive maximum value from business operations

• Insights on the value of mobility from a CIO's perspective

• The essential role of wireless mobility in enabling virtualization

• Value propositions of wireless mobility in education and healthcare

• How wireless network assessments and IT mobility investments resolve critical business operational issues

• Using Optimal Project Sequencing to maximize value and reduce network deployments and maintenance costs

• Implementing finance strategies that maximize cash flow

• System integrator growth and mobility practice resilience

• Best practices for today's wireless deployments that enable next-generation mobility deployments

• Wireless mobility and intelligent buildings

• Ten key future trends in the wireless mobility industry

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Wireless Mobility
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. 1 Why Wireless?
    1. Why Mobility Makes Things Work Better
      1. Mobility and Connectivity: The Doctor Is Out. And In
      2. The Exploding Number of Wireless Clients
    2. Unified Communications
      1. The Three Rs of Information
    3. Mobility Changes Work from a Location to an Activity
      1. Looking Back
      2. Fast Forward to 2009
    4. Mobility and Collaboration
  9. 2 The Business of Untethering
    1. Moving Beyond the “What” and “How” of Wireless
      1. Changing Life from a Location to an Activity
      2. Commerce and Technology Are Tightly Linked
      3. Wireless Makes Distance Irrelevant
      4. The Faster Horse and Then Some
    2. The “Why” of Wireless
      1. Why Cost vs. Value
    3. OPEX Reduction in Healthcare
      1. Wireless for Doctors, Nurses, and Administrators
      2. Infrastructure
      3. A Wireless Inventory Solution
    4. Purpose and Use of Wireless Mobility
      1. A Nuclear Power Plant Experience: Increasing Business Velocity
      2. The Importance of Purpose
    5. Linking Operational Priorities and Network Capabilities
  10. 3 Mobility and the CIO
    1. The CIO, Information Dominance, and IT
    2. Analytics Change the Trend
      1. Measuring the “Why”
    3. Growth Drives Progression and Instrumentation
      1. Intranets and the Internet
    4. Impact of Device Proliferation
    5. From Data Pipes to Analytical Potential
      1. Cash Flow and the Demand for ROI Specifics
    6. CIO Priorities
      1. Real-Time Business Analytics
      2. Predictive Analytics
      3. Collaboration Tools Break Down Group Silos
      4. Improving Operational Efficiency
  11. 4 Virtualization and Mobility
    1. Virtual Meetings
    2. Agile Workforces
    3. Virtualization
      1. Business and Social Networks
      2. Virtual Presence: An Enormous Movement
    4. Workforce Mobility in Any Work Environment
    5. Social Networking and Mobility
    6. Borderless Networks
  12. 5 Value Propositions and Success Metrics in Education and Healthcare
    1. Measuring Value and Success
      1. The Value of End Users
      2. Measuring Vertical Solutions
    2. Education Priorities
      1. K-12 Education Value Propositions
      2. Higher Education Value Propositions
    3. Healthcare Priorities
      1. Healthcare Subvertical Overview
      2. Healthcare Value Propositions
  13. 6 Wireless Network Assessments
    1. Network Assessments as Performance Predictors
    2. Bill of Materials or Multiyear Engagement?
    3. Wireless Network Assessments Procedure
      1. Assess Business Operational Priorities
      2. Assemble Mobility Resolution Metrics/ROI
      3. Plan Network Assessment with Customer
      4. Perform Network Assessment
      5. Present Assessment Report and Review
      6. Plan for Recurring Assessments and Next-Generation IT Investments
  14. 7 Optimal Project Sequencing
    1. Key WLAN Projects: The Foundation of OPS
      1. Nuclear Power Plant Design: Meet Customer Requirements
      2. Aircraft Manufacturing Project: Gain Access to Complex Facility Equipment
      3. Retailer: Gather Input from Facilities Managers
      4. Nuclear Submarine Fabrication Facility: Use the Locals
      5. Shipyard Coverage: Account for Ground Zero Effect
      6. Classified Aircraft Fabrication Facility: Consider Legacy Systems
      7. Muni Projects: Find the Money
    2. Optimal Project Sequencing: Three Prevailing Concepts
      1. Quality Is Conformance to the Requirements
      2. Challenges of Nontechnical Project Elements
      3. Synthesis of Technical and Nontechnical
    3. OPS: The Sequence of Success
      1. Ratification of Functional Requirements by All Stakeholders
      2. Project Phasing Ratified by All Stakeholders
      3. RF Coverage Model Presented to Stakeholders
      4. Pre-deployment Audit to Verify RF Coverage Plan
      5. Deployment
      6. RF Test and Post-deployment Audit
      7. Final RF Node Adjustments
      8. Automated Maintenance and Management
  15. 8 Finance Strategies for Wireless Mobility
    1. If It Matters, Meter It
    2. Financing Wireless Networks
      1. The Most Common Integrator Complaint
      2. Financing: The Path of Least Resistance
      3. Benefit from Equipment, Not Ownership
    3. Financing and Technology Refresh
      1. Mobility Equipment Refresh
      2. Financing and Homogeneous Systems
      3. Financing vs. Leasing Mobility Equipment
      4. Plan Cash Flow as Carefully as the WLAN Itself
      5. Financing as Strategy to Improve Business Operations
    4. Mobility and IT: The Pathway of Finance
  16. 9 System Integrator—Mobility Practice Resilience
    1. Focus on What You Can Control
    2. Internal Management Practices and Focal Points
      1. Optimal Project Sequencing
      2. Mobility and CIO Insights
      3. Mobility Network Assessments
      4. Precision Sales Guidance
    3. Summary
  17. 10 Next-Generation Mobility
    1. 802.11 and Other Wireless Standards
    2. Intelligent Buildings
    3. Usage
      1. Location-Based Services
    4. Designers, Deployment, and Maintenance Engineers
      1. Wireless Training: The Early Days
      2. RF Design and Site Survey Tooling
      3. Wireless Design Work
      4. Smart Antennas
      5. Cell Sizes
      6. Multispectrum, Multiprotocol Devices
      7. Designs and Increasingly Complex Services
      8. Clients and AP Pairings
      9. Link Role Flexibility in Clients
      10. Client-Centric Networks
    5. Future Wildcards
      1. High-Speed Picocell Networks
      2. Audits (Site Surveys)
      3. Self-Defending and Self-Healing Networks
    6. Markets
    7. Technology Development
    8. The Future Is Bright
  18. 11 Mobility and Intelligent Buildings
    1. Driving Forces for Intelligent Buildings
      1. Urbanization
      2. Technology Advances
      3. Asset Utilization
      4. Building Productivity
      5. Energy Consumption
    2. The Fourth Utility: Network Access
      1. Examples of Connectivity Solutions
    3. Value Proposition Summary for Intelligent Buildings
      1. Financial Propositions
      2. Process and Policy Improvement
      3. People
      4. The Local Community
  19. 12 Summary and Future Trends
    1. Mobility Challenge Within System Integrators
      1. Profitability
      2. Zero Sum Talent Pool
      3. Bigger Bet, More Sales
    2. Looking Forward: Four Key Industry Elements
    3. Future Trends
    4. Policies May Become More Important than Technology
      1. System Integrator: From Box Integrator to Business Practice Partner
      2. Mobility Becomes a Vital Ad Hoc Technology
      3. IT Outsourcing
      4. Mobility Practice Choke Point: RF Designs
      5. Personal and Business Device Convergence
      6. Smart Targeting
      7. Consolidation
      8. Smart Buildings
      9. Outcome-based Engagements
  20. A Mobility Glossary
  21. B Relevant Mobility Standards
    1. IEEE Overview
      1. 802.11
      2. 802.11a
      3. 802.11b
      4. 802.11c
      5. 802.11d
      6. 802.11e
      7. 802.11f
      8. 802.11g
      9. 802.11h
      10. 802.11i
      11. 802.11k-2008
      12. 802.11r-2008
      13. 802.11n
      14. 802.11y-2008
      15. 802.16
      16. 802.20
      17. iBurst
      18. LTE
      19. Allocated Frequencies
      20. Comparative Speeds and Ranges
  22. C Key Mobility Groups and Information
  23. Index