In-Vehicle Connectivity: What's the Big Deal?

Originally published July 24, 2018

The ability to extend network connectivity to vehicles has significantly improved the way that countless organisations do business, revolutionising everything from blue light emergency services to mass transit and school buses. But wireless in-vehicle deployments are not without challenges. The mobile nature of these networks presents many obstacles.

Modern organisations now have multiple connected devices in each vehicle including tablets, video cameras, and payment devices. Rather than maintaining an Internet connection for each device, many are now seeking to create a single LAN to connect all of their in-vehicle devices. But why is this trend emerging? And why does the transformative potential extend far beyond simple device management?

Need for in-vehicle connectivity

As digital transformation continues to create the need for a flexible, agile network, traditional tethers to the central office have all but vanished.  Physical boundaries continue to decrease in importance, and organisations of all types require constant and dependable in-vehicle connectivity to keep up with changing business imperatives and to engage with their customers outside traditional venues. Dependable mobile connectivity keeps vehicles on the road longer, helps enterprises better manage their fleets, and allows businesses and organisations to better serve their customers.

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