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How 4G LTE, cloud and SD-WAN are changing mobile networks


How 4G LTE, cloud and SD-WAN are changing mobile networks

Cloud-managed connectivity & dynamic traffic steering for vehicle fleets save time, money & resources

With the ability to keep employees and mission-critical applications connected in and around vehicles at all times, today’s mobile networks streamline operations and save money for first responder agencies, transportation departments, school districts with bus fleets, utility trucks, insurance disaster teams, metro buses, and many others. Of course, a key requirement is secure and reliable 4G LTE connectivity — and the ability to monitor, manage, and control the whole fleet from anywhere.

Along with mobile network opportunities come significant challenges, such as:

  • Inconsistent WAN connectivity as vehicles move in & out of coverage
  • Complexity, costs & management limitations when dealing with vehicles requiring constant network connectivity
  • Security concerns related to an ever-expanding attack surface

To address these challenges, organizations are deploying cloud-managed, software-defined mobile network solutions and achieving the flexibility, scalability, security, and overall cost-effectiveness they need. 

Providing Constant WAN Access in Vehicles

Enterprise vehicles don’t stay parked for long, which can make it difficult to keep mission-critical applications — everything from POS, WiFi, and surveillance cameras to AVL platforms — running all the time. Vehicles require always-on 4G LTE connectivity, preferably dual modems to facilitate wireless-to-wireless failover. Also, the employees who staff these vehicles need reliable Internet access so they can access information and file reports quickly from the field.

Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE mobile routers, capable of up to 600Mbps, include dual-modem functionality and support FirstNet’s National Public Safety Broadband Network and other public safety LTE networks. With gigabit LTE and 5G right on the horizon, enterprises will have the ability to scale up their networks to meet the rapidly changing performance standards for the mobile business applications of today and tomorrow.

Optimizing On-Board 4G LTE with Mobile SD-WAN

Keeping in-vehicle WAN access on all the time is one thing, but optimizing it based on factors such as cellular signal strength, throughput, latency, and data plan consumption is entirely different. Many organizations with field forces and mobile fleets need the ability to leverage SD-WAN functionality and implement policy-based traffic steering in vehicles.

For instance, in major U.S. cities, police departments often face unreliable connectivity and insufficient bandwidth for their high-tech cruisers. With dual-modem routers and SD-WAN capabilities, vehicles today can benefit from cellular-to-cellular failover when a connection drops and dynamic traffic steering when it deteriorates.

Withstanding a Broad Range of Conditions

Ruggedized in-vehicle routers are engineered to thrive even amid extreme temperatures, humidity, shock, vibration, dust, water splash, reverse polarity, and transient voltage. Today’s technology-dependent fleet vehicles benefit from improved network availability for their mission-critical applications, regardless of the surrounding conditions.

Monitoring, Managing & Troubleshooting Mobile Networks Remotely

NetCloud Manager makes it easy to configure, deploy, and manage a mobile network from anywhere with minimal impact on cellular data, and to push out updates through the cloud rather than bringing each vehicle to headquarters. Additionally, advanced analytics provide comprehensive visibility into cellular, application, and WiFi utilization and security — all through a single pane of glass.

Connecting & Leveraging GPS & Telematics

Integrating a plethora of vehicle data is among the most important duties of modern-day fleet managers. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), GPS, and telematics are essential for streamlining business operations. With secure connectivity to the data center and the cloud, these features yield large amounts of actionable data that help organizations save time and money.

Unified Threat Management at the Edge

In today’s mobile networking environments, strong Internet security for on-board public WiFi and cloud application access often is essential. With Unified Threat Management, enterprises can protect Direct-to-Internet data at the Edge by leveraging comprehensive intrusion detection and protection and content filtering.

Protecting Sensitive Data on In-Vehicle IoT Devices

The security of IoT devices on mobile networks is a rising concern, as many field forces utilize laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Deploying Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Perimeter Client — leveraging Software-Defined Perimeter technology — on these devices enables invitation-only access to the data center and cloud from any Internet connection via a perimeter-secured overlay network.

Similarly, NetCloud Perimeter running on a Cradlepoint mobile router protects any on-board IoT devices — including sensors, surveillance cameras, digital signs, and more — that reside on the LAN.  The perimeter-secured overlay provides secure, persistent device-to-cloud connections that can be set up in minutes and are self-optimizing.

The Future of Mobile Networking

Cradlepoint’s Elastic EdgeTM vision provides a blueprint for next-generation Edge Networks that deliver pervasive broadband connectivity, cloud-like agility, and software extensibility — all while ensuring enterprise-class visibility, security, and control. All-inclusive NetCloud Solution Packages for Mobile Networks, based on COR Series routers, are cloud-managed and deployable anywhere in days instead of months.

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