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Make way for the wireless chief

Posted: 17 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless communications  Internet  networked machines 

A professional CWO will guide the executive team towards the right investment.

How businesses learn to communicate within their organisation is about to be dramatically reshaped. Machines are learning to talk. Attention to this tipping point will be critical to a company's ability to differentiate in operational efficiencies over the next decade.

Where IT directors have focused on IT, the chief wireless officer (CWO) will focus on wireless communications for machines and their connection to the Internet.

Beyond components
One challenge facing the CWO is the long-term preservation of investments in new infrastructure by selecting the right standards. Knowing the key technical drivers behind the specifications for bandwidth, power, range and network topology will guide the business in planning and building the right infrastructure. A professional CWO will guide the executive team towards the right investment.

Ensuring that businesses obtain maximum benefit from technology comes from understanding how the capability will integrate into business operations. This is where the critical focus for differentiated advantage can be gained. Developing the proper gateways will allow networked workers and now, networked machines to "talk" to each other.

This means that the business objectives can be directly connected to the means by which these objectives are met. Facilities can now sense their environment and "tell" people how it is regulating energy use for cost-saving efficiencies. Factories can "listen" to orders for customised products and "talk" to suppliers, equipment, and process controls to act on these requirements. And the machines can request maintenance when they detect the need for adjustment or repair.

An expert in wireless communications technology will understand the pace at which these functions can be reliably implemented, as well as the way to best meet company goals.

Bringing on the right talent and experience will make the difference between companies that propel themselves successfully into this new world of wireless communication and those which either wait—and get left behind—or underestimate the power of this new capability and implement without the necessary business and technical acumen.

- Wade Patterson
Founder, President and CEO
Synapse Wireless Inc.

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