Making Wi-Fi Work in Hostile RF Environments

In large warehouses, getting wireless to function as it's supposed to can be next to impossible. Between huge areas filled with metal racks, a myriad of handheld Wi-Fi devices, moving vehicles, constantly-changing environmental conditions, and no pervasive Ethernet network, connectivity is an enormous challenge.

But ZoneFlex is uniquely suited for this interference-filled environment. It offers warehousers:

  • Industrial-strength Wi-Fi that provides longer-range signals that can be steered around obstacles and interference
  • More flexible deployment options with Smart Mesh Networking that eliminates the requirement to run Ethernet cable to connect APs
  • Ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage with fewer APs, for lower CAPEX
  • Indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi APs that are managed as a unified system
  • Centralized control of ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi APs
  • Powerful, yet simple controlled guest networking capabilties

Automatic interference avoidance with BeamFlex

Integrated into every Smart Wi-Fi access point is a sophisticated high-gain directional antenna system, which constantly focuses and directs Wi-Fi signals over the best performing paths. This is essential in hostile RF environments where obstacles, interference, and noise wreaks havoc with wireless systems.

No more deployment hassles—thanks to Smart Mesh Networking

In warehouses spanning 70,000 to 200,000 square feet or more, there are few options for placing APs where they're needed. Smart Mesh Networking is a solution to this problem, letting warehouse IT staff deploy APs where coverage is needed most—without having to pay for and pull Ethernet cabling.

Robust Mobile Devices Made For Warehouse Environment

For staff in retail warehouses, tablets and smartphones are not designed to cope with the stresses and strains of that environment. Hard floors and glass screens rarely mix so it’s important that warehouse mobile devices are robust enough to survive being passed around and indeed on occasion dropped.

Consumer phones are also set up for individual users and don’t have the battery life to survive constant use across multiple shifts.

Voice quality across the warehouse environment can often suffer thanks to consumer devices dependence on externally provided network coverage. When communication is key to customer satisfaction and efficient retail management reliable communication when moving from aisle to aisle or stock room to back-office connections has to remain clear. Consumer smartphones often struggle to maintain connection, causing confusion and delays in communication.

There are purpose-built devices – such as the 8452/ 8453 Bar Code Wi-Fi Phones offered by Spectralink – that are better equipped to handle the demands of the retail mobile workforce. While smartphones could be an appropriate solution for retail executives or other types of employees, for shift-based workers, warehousing, logistics and other more demanding positions, secure and durable devices, with longer battery life are a better fit.

UC Wireless Solutions for Warehousing

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