The communication requirements of a modern commercial building are many and complex, but it is undeniable that high speed connectivity is a priority for any serious business. In this age of smart everything, new buildings are being designed and constructed to be ‘smart’, meaning that they are already retrofitted to support broadband infrastructure. High-speed wired, wireless, or optical connectivity is a necessity for efficient provision of pretty much every commercial service today. With the modern workplace increasingly relying on connected devices, the first step in ensuring that your business meets market demands is ensuring that the building it operates from is ready for broadband.
So, is your facility ready for broadband? If not, what do you need to upgrade to make your business premises smart enough to accommodate the wide variety of technological devices required for efficient service delivery?
Your facility may need proper cabling
It is always very problematic to install fiber and network cables on a building in use without disrupting business, but it may be necessary if your place of business does not have ready-laid cables. If you still rely on old copper cables or get by with wireless routers, it is just a matter of time before you are forced to upgrade the facility.
You should consult a professional installation company to get advice on the specific modifications and upgrades that may be required on your building and to understand how the upgrade process will be conducted. In most cases, older buildings get all-in-one connectivity upgrades including installation of electrical control systems, CCTV and security systems, building automation, and network or fiber optic wiring.
Note that depending on the service and infrastructure upgrades required, the installation is a great opportunity for a business to save money and time by getting all the major services carried out at once by a certified broadband infrastructure installer.
Define your own building’s ‘smartness’
Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage now, and it holds a lot of promise for how the world, and in particular homes and businesses, will be tomorrow. Therefore, as you plan to upgrade your facility to accommodate new technologies, it is imperative that you define just what ‘smart’ means to your business to know which specific upgrades to carry out. For instance, a business that hosts its own servers will need to do a lot more retrofitting in the server room than a business that just needs a connection to its user computers.
Considering that almost everyone uses a cellphone everywhere they go, it is important that your facility is also optimized to necessitate excellent connectivity. It is common knowledge that walls obstruct cellular signals, therefore, when planning future-proofing your business facility, be sure to consult a seasoned contractor with enough experience to understand and advise on the best upgrades that will make the building broadband-ready and wireless-friendly.
The upgrades should be driven by demand
Customer, employee, and service demands should give you a clear picture of whether your facility needs an upgrade for broadband, and if so, what kind. Communication technologies, both wired and wireless, are easily affected by technical challenges such as rain storms, magnetic fields, and fading signals among others. The surest way to know the kind of broadband infrastructure upgrades your business facility needs is to observe the demands of the staff, customers, services, and of course, by consulting a professional installer.
Unsure of what steps to take next, or cannot decide if your commercial building requires a tech upgrade? BRAVO!, a company that has been in the electrical installations and upgrades business for over two decades, has licensed contractors ready to advise and guide you through the process.