Wi-Fi issues causing problems for construction firms
May 31, 2013
Business construction software is a great asset for executives who are able to use the cloud to complete their work, but connectivity limitations can make life difficult for mobile workers. The capabilities of smartphones, tablets and laptops are endless, however, it is a pain for employees who work on smartphones and tablets who aren't able to access the Wi-Fi or data connection they need to carry out their roles.
Data caps, limited connections causing productivity issues
Construction executives enlist in the cloud to stay in contact with their team when they aren't on the job site or in the office. But these solutions don't prove their value when connection issues persist. A new study from enterprise mobility services provider iPass revealed more than half of mobile workers experience a difficult time connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, airplanes and hotels, while 42 percent stated excessive charges for going over their data plan are holding them back from staying productive on their mobile devices.
"We are seeing that mobile workers are becoming more cautious about exceeding data caps and deliberately limiting their data usage, which is hindering productivity," said Evan Kaplan, CEO at iPass. "Clearly, enterprises that provision mobile workers with devices, or leverage a BYOD strategy, need to ensure that workers can connect when and where they want, and work on-the-go as cost-effectively and productively as possible."
Poor Wi-Fi in the office also causing issues
Many small construction firms don't have the time to worry about improving their Wi-Fi connectivity in the office. However, this is a reality for businesses and their executives who use mobile devices in the office and on job sites. According to recent research from provider of high-end wireless networking products Ubiquiti Networks, 52 percent of mobile workers stated work-essential apps often cannot be used due to poor Wi-Fi availability or reliability, while more than seven in 10 respondents said they would use more innovative business tools if their Wi-Fi connection was stronger.
"Wi-Fi has become a must-have capability for mobile workers - it's impacting revenue and worker productivity for businesses of all types and sizes," said David Hsieh, chief marketing officer for Ubiquiti Networks. "Increasingly powerful mobile device capabilities mean user needs are outpacing existing networks in terms of accessibility, dependability and performance."