Wireless Connectivity

If Wi-Fi isn’t working, nothing else will

Gone are the days of unconnected, “dumb” equipment. Today, small and large devices situated at the “edge” need constant connectivity. It’s essential for basic functions, communication between devices and your team, monitoring and updates, and fully harnessing analytics’ power to amplify your operations.

But none of this is possible without equipping your facility with the right high-speed wireless. And for those eyeing autonomous mobile robots? The stakes are even higher.

Illustration of autonomous mobile robots working in a manufacturing warehouse

Prioritizing connectivity is essential in order to:

  • Speed up automation deployment
  • Provide upgraded cyber-protection
  • Scale with the growth of your operation
  • Improve overall automation performance
  • Allow for cutting-edge software updates and remote services like monitoring
  • Add new connected devices in your facility

Industrial environments demand more

Just as not all cars are crafted for off-roading or extreme weather, Wi-Fi isn’t tailored to withstand the challenges of industrial settings. Warehouses teem with materials like steel and concrete that induce connectivity dead zones.

Add to that the constant movement of machinery and personnel, and you get an unpredictable landscape. These elements combine to make maintaining robust Wi-Fi connectivity exceptionally challenging.

An illustration showing Wifi vs Private G5 point access

Connectivity issues come with costs

While many view connectivity disruptions as a minor business expense, their implications are far-reaching — beyond just interrupting a Netflix session.

Spotty or slow Wi-Fi in a facility can lead to schedule upheavals, service lags, safety hazards, and significant productivity losses that can accumulate quickly.

Illustrative graphic showing wifi outage rate equaling 48 hours of lost productivity per year

You have options

Explore the pros and cons of each wireless option to determine the best fit for your operations, keeping in mind efficiency, security, and scalability.

Good ol’ Wi-Fi

  • Not optimized for all devices
  • Requires self-installation and maintenance
  • Limited coverage area
  • Compromised security levels

Private cellular from carriers

  • Ample capacity
  • Potential data exposure risks
  • Carrier holds complete ownership and control

Managed 5G as a service

  • Abundant capacity at no extra cost
  • Includes network design, installation 
and management
  • Ensures data security & control behind your firewall
  • Flexible and easy to scale

Private 5G is the network that delivers clear benefits:

  • Speeds up automation deployment
  • Avoids mission misalignment with internal stakeholders
  • Offers upgraded cyber protection
  • Opens the opportunity for additional connected devices in your facility
  • Easily scales with the growth of your operation
A photo of an AMR moving pallets

Private cellular is still ideal for logistics operations:

  • Mission-critical industrial automation
  • Large or complex physical environments
  • Applications where safety and mobility are critical
  • Transmitting sensitive or high-risk data
  • IoT initiatives with budget limitations
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Still underestimating connectivity?

Think you don’t need to worry about connectivity for automation solutions? That myth is busted. Along with special guest, Brian Watkins, EVP of Betacom, our team dives into 5G as a Service (5GaaS) and why connectivity is a critical component of material handling automation success.

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Focused on security

Wi-Fi’s unmanaged and unlicensed structure can introduce security vulnerabilities. In contrast, managed 5G is fortified with built-in security protocols. These protocols regulate device access, safeguard your data, and ensure its encryption. Thus, even if your Wi-Fi faces a breach, your warehouse IoT and automation tools on private 5G remain unaffected, ensuring uninterrupted operations.


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