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Increased mobility is the biggest attraction that wireless networking holds. Being able to sit at any place, and access the server is a great advantage. It also enables employees to collaborate and share information from any place. This increased mobility factor facilitates the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), making it more convenient for employees to perform their tasks. BYOD also helps in reducing devices' hardware cost saving. Wireless networking is also used in the public domain, by availing Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, railway stations, airports, universities, hospitals, etc. Being able to add new users with no difficulty also is an advantage seldom involving any additional charge. Visiting customer and suppliers can also have internet access. It also enables telephone calls. Wireless technology is much more cost-effective, the maintenance costs are also lower.
Wireless technology is employed in security systems that cannot be addressed by hardwired systems. The potential security and life safety areas which make use of wireless technology are
1. Temperature monitoring: Temperature is among the most commonly measured parameters. The growth of wireless technology has provided new ways to measure temperature using sensors combined with personal computers. The collected data is tabulated and analyzed. This temperature monitoring is largely being adapted as a security alert system in hospitals, clinical labs, and other institutions.
2. Water detection: The undetected plumbing leaks can be identified with a wireless water detection transmitter which can be integrated into any security panel to alarm as soon as water leakage thereby allowing the issue to be fixed before incurring serious damages.
3. Panic buttons: Wireless panic alarms are a full proof method to secure a building. Fixed and mobile are the two kinds of panic buttons. Immediate notification can be sent in case of an emergency.
4. Pull stations: They are found in common areas or outdoors, available to provide security to any person in the area. The operation is much same as a panic button.
5. Gunshot detection: These systems use acoustic and infrared sensors to detect firearm discharges. They can pinpoint the exact location of the gunshot on the map. The advantage of this system is the ability to send an alarm within seconds of a firearm discharge.
6. Uncontrolled openings: Access control is the primary security requirement nowadays. By integrating it with wireless technology a security sensor is added that will immediately notify door openings. Cameras could have added in order to provide video proofs.
7. Photobeam detectors: Photo beam detector offers a battery-powered, wireless point-to-point solution. They are mostly used in outdoor locations, for instance in utility substations.
8. Pulse counting: Pulse counting transmitters are water, gas, and electric metering applications. They can also be used in measuring the performance of devices, for instance, measuring energy use.
9. Carbon Monoxide Detection: Carbon monoxide(CO), the silent killer is odorless and colorless which makes it unable people escape when detected. Now there are wireless CO detectors which can send an alert when presence is identified. It can be integrated into any system.
Thus this proves that understanding wireless technology can provide an effective solution for various kinds of security threats.