Improve the health of your wireless networkAugust 31st, 2016 by Sam Cobley
A digital and paperless NHS
The government is funding a drive to get the NHS “digital and paperless“ by 2020, and part of this initiative is to provide free Wi-Fi in all hospitals in England. This means new deployments will be required and existing ones will need to be reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose. As hospital sites can cover many thousands of square metres, this isn’t going to be a quick job.
This leaves networking teams with two choices;
- Do it themselves
- Engage the professional services of a third party
Many may be put off by the first option as it requires training and purchasing specialist software. However whilst this may seem like a more expensive option initially, teams brave enough to take this step will probably see considerable savings in the long run.
No need for expensive consultants
A third party typically charges between £500 and £1000 a day to conduct a wireless survey. Given the nature of hospitals, third parties often have trouble accessing the areas they need to survey – significantly slowing down the surveying process. This means costs can soon spiral, and with pricing for Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) starting from just £1,600 it is really very easy to recoup your investment in a couple of surveys.
Conducting the surveys isn’t that complex either, with a well-deserved reputation as the easiest to use enterprise-grade Wi-Fi design and maintenance tool, ESS makes it simple to optimise Wi-Fi. There are also one-day introductory or four-day masterclass training sessions run on a regular basis.
Ekahau Site Survey
The first and leading laptop-based Wi-Fi site survey and planning tool, ESS lets you plan and create Wi-Fi networks according to your performance and capacity requirements—taking into consideration the increasing amount of wireless clients (BYOD) and simulating real-life application usage such as VoIP, HD video streaming and web browsing.
- No need for expensive third party consultants
- Reduce the number of APs in your network
- Improve wireless performance
- Save time