The Illusion of a Wireless World

We live in a wireless world – or so it seems. Technologies like Bluetooth allow us to talk on the phone hands free in the car or the office without the static of a speakerphone. Free Wi-Fi signals are virtually obligatory in any restaurant, retail store, library, or school. Despite the personal security risks associated with connecting to public Wi-Fi signals, they are a tempting resource.

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Wireless integration with all manner of consumer goods is expected to grow exponentially within a few years.

Wearable technology has enjoyed quite a bit of attention recently from the media and marketers alike. But, so far, the reality has fallen short of expectations. For instance, Google Glass, the now discontinued attempt to integrate digitization with spectacles, raised more eyebrows than bottom lines. Google has withdrawn the product from the general consumer market.

Speaking of ideas that look good on paper – or in comic books – Samsung has discovered that our childhood fantasies of a Dick Tracy watch haven’t quite made the leap to reality. Perhaps it would have been better received if the watch were our only option. But the extra effort it takes to fish out our actual phones from our pockets, purses, or – for the holstered among us – belt loops is worth the minor inconvenience for the sake of access to its full features.

This is not to say that wearable tech won’t someday endear itself to consumers.

Wireless headsets are useful in many situations, from listening to music at the gym to making a hands free call at the office without the annoying crackle of a speakerphone. Fitness aficionados have already made wearable fitness devices a thriving market. There are wireless fitness trackers being built into shoes, and gadget gurus predict wireless internet and GPS devices to become integrated into all sorts of clothing. Certainly, GPS integration into a keychain would be a nice touch on those frazzled mornings when you’ve misplaced you’re keys and you’re already running late.

However, don’t be fooled by the illusion of pervasive wireless.

Behind every wireless signal and battery powered device is a complex support system of structured cabling and connectivity. No matter how invisible they might be, wires are here to stay. When it comes to network security and speed, nothing is more efficient than cabling. And though wireless speakers are sometimes acceptable in a small home theater system, when rich sound quality is a necessity in the performing arts or sporting events, wireless cannot compare to wired performance.

Wireless has its place. But whether you are building a new facility or interested in retrofitting an existing structure, we can assess the best, most efficient infrastructure for your situation.

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