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Social distancing, remote work, and distance learning are rapidly becoming the norm.

 

Cradlepoint solutions play a crucial role in this transition by helping business and government organizations remain nimble so they can adapt and succeed as the new normal emerges and evolves.

What Will Typify the New Normal

While we can’t know exactly what the future will hold, we can be confident organizations will need to rely even more on secure, persistent network connectivity that works everywhere.

Continuing At-home Work

Even as some people return to physical workplaces, the at-home movement will continue as businesses recognize the benefits, including productivity and cost savings. And there’s still a need to ensure that adequate distancing is maintained in offices and health-compromised patients can remain isolated. These groups and more will continue to connect remotely, and will need secure broadband connections to do so.

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Learning from Anywhere

The impact of students returning to campus is uncertain. Many districts remain closed, and even those opening cautiously must be prepared to pivot to off-campus education should they need to close again. The need to provide all students secure, reliable network connectivity has never been more urgent. School buses can be used to deliver that critical connectivity to digital deserts, so learning never has to stop.

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On-site Sensing and Testing to Build Trust

When people do return to workplaces, public venues, schools and other facilities, it will be important to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is contained. Testing temperatures, observing social distancing and wearing protective masks will remain critical, but must be done without alienating employees and customers. Specialized IoT sensors, streaming video, and edge computing will all be important to accomplishing this monitoring and will have to be deployed quickly, without compromising security.

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Increased Automation Where Possible

Longer term, businesses will want to minimize crowded workplaces and reduce interpersonal interactions by instituting automation where possible. This is a trend that has been gaining momentum and will continue to accelerate. This could take the form of kiosks, robotics, autonomous vehicles and remote sensors, all of which will need to be connected and managed securely.

Implementing the new normal requires a new approach to networking

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Create a network anywhere

Remaining agile means being able to open for business anywhere at any time. Whether it’s a temporary pop-up location, a mobile office, or in a home, you will need to be able to bring your network with you. Cradlepoint solutions — with integrated LTE and a full security stack — makes instant networks a possibility.

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Deploy new locations quickly

We will see an unprecedented amount of change as businesses move, expand, shrink and emerge. These changes require rapid connectivity, without waiting on wired links. Cradlepoint Wireless WAN solutions provide the ability to open locations on your schedule, without the need to commit to a long-term, location-specific ISP contract. With Cradlepoint, you can take your network with you.

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Ensure application quality

Whether at-home or in temporary locations, employees still have to do their jobs efficiently. Remote workers, teachers and doctors communicating over video are particularly sensitive to poor quality connections. Cradlepoint solutions make it easy to ensure high application quality and reliability, and to prioritize critical applications.

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Connect IoT securely

IoT will play a critical role in the COVID-19 recovery as a way to monitor crowds, maintain connections with at-home patients, and automate interactions through kiosks. Easily install new IoT networks without stressing the corporate WAN by creating an air-gapped network with LTE connectivity. Cradlepoint IoT solutions can be deployed quickly and securely, and enable edge-compute and connections to IoT cloud platforms.

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Manage at scale

With temporary locations, new offices, at-home workers, and mobile clinics, the network edge is expanding dramatically and the number of locations on the corporate WAN is rising. Overtaxed IT staff must manage all of these while ensuring security policies are maintained. Cradlepoint NetCloud Service allows visibility and control across all your locations and enables management at massive scale.

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Maintain security perimeter

The expansion of the WAN edge to at-home workers and temporary locations is creating a corresponding expansion in the security edge. Malicious actors are already stepping in to take advantage of this. Cradlepoint solutions, with integrated security and an optional zero-trust overlay, can secure your WAN edge and protect your sensitive data.

Retail and restaurants

Retail and restaurants Customers will return, but stores and restaurants won't look the same

Retail stores and restaurants are getting back to business by moving their customers interactions outside, necessitating extended Wi-Fi coverage and temporary networks. Before customers will be comfortable insides, owners will need to monitor for potential infections, social distancing and occupancy counts, which can be accomplished through quickly installed IoT sensors.

Public safety

Public safety Our public safety personnel were on the front line of the response and will continue to be critical to recovery

Public safety agencies around the took the lead in managing the COVID-19 response and they will remain in that role. Whether distributing vaccines, continuing to operate testing facilities, reacting quickly to disturbances, or helping care for the sick, public safety agencies will need to operate temporary facilities and remain connected in their vehicles.

Elections

Elections With a US presidential election on the horizon, in-person polling locations must quickly adapt

With some polling locations closing and new ones opening to allow for adequate social distancing, election boards will have to extend their network to new, temporary locations without sacrificing security.

Healthcare

Healthcare From pop-up clinics to telemedicine, healthcare is undergoing rapid change

Healthcare has felt the largest impact during the Covid-19 response.. With doctors and patients at home, telemedicine — including video visits and remote medical equipment monitoring — will be crucial. And some clinics may need to move to mobile healthcare and go to patients, particularly when it comes to the all-important task of providing vaccinations to vulnerable communities.

Education

Education Education is too important for any student to be left offline

As COVID-19 isn't going away, there will be an on-going need to support distance learning and prevent spread in school buildings. Whether providing teachers a higher quality connection to be able to conduct courses from their homes, video teleconferencing capabilities in school buildings, or reliable Internet access for students, school districts need flexible, reliable network solutions that are secure and conform to CIPA requirements.

Financial services

Financial services Minimizing in-person interactions will allow financial services companies to operate safely

Banks and other financial services companies are essential, particularly in helping their customers return to business. To minimize risk and encourage customer confidence, more business will be conducted via video calls or through kiosks and ATMs. And facilities that remain open will need monitoring for occupancy counts, social distancing and temperature checks.