According to IDC, there are 75 million mobile workers in Western Europe. Mobile workers spend up to 70% of their working time outside their office. In fact, the number of workers without a desktop has reached 46 million last year with an augmentation of 4.4% per year (Gartner). Mobile workers need to connect from meeting rooms, branch offices, or hotel rooms. Wherever pervasive network connectivity is available, employees connect an additional 1h45 minutes each working day, leading to a 22% productivity improvement (Source NOP World). In other words, mobility generates more flexibility, more usage and more efficiency. Forester Research has published a study showing that 38% of companies are providing a network access to at least 20 visitors. The same study has also highlighted that 11% of these companies had more than 200 visitors connected per month.
Companies already have wired IP backbones allowing conveying voice and data, and are continuously expending and integrating wireless technologies (such as Wi-Fi). Deployment of pervasive networks consist of merging their infrastructure to answer the needs of multiple population of users (employees, clients, providers) and multiple uses (Internet Access, business applications).
Moreover, the rise of mobile devices transforms their respective usages. In 2013, one out of four workers uses a smartphone and/or a digital tablet. In 2014, the number of devices per user is expected to average 2.3 units per employee.
In this context, security becomes an essential concern: users and terminals authentication, access control depending on the user ID, profile but also the location and date of connection, tracking of connections and network usage must be kept to follow legal guidance. Simplicity of use and users management (account creation, access right management, technical support, etc.) defines the efficiency of pervasive network and return of investment of companies.
World Communication‘s secure Mobility solutions are designed to be installed on specific projects (many users, multiple sites, integration with a complex network) of enterprises, campus, and administrations, as long as with small projects (one site, few dozen of simultaneous connections) but are focused on simplicity of integration and exploitation.