Fiber networks offer businesses faster speeds, greater security and larger file capacity, making it a perfect fit for healthcare facilities, law firms, manufacturers, logistics, graphic design and engineering firms…truly the list goes on and on. While the combination of these features can benefit almost any type of business, individual aspects of fiber network quality will carry greater value for certain firms. Let’s look at a few common scenarios:
Prior to the onset of corona virus, telemedicine was a fledgling service historically excluded by both private insurance programs and Medicaid. The onset of the pandemic highlighted the value of telemedicine to prevent the spread of the virus while attending to the health needs of members of the community, speeding its adaptation.
Fiber networks allow connectivity within a secure framework—much more secure than copper wire. Security is critical due to the Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information under HIPAA regulations. Organizations must put into place proper safeguards to secure individuals electronic protected health information. For medical facilities, fiber networks allow for larger files such as test results and imaging to be shared for collaborative care assessment and treatment between distant team members, as well as heightened security to protect sensitive patient information.
Depending on the type of cases they handle, file sizes can vary, however, they can include video or audio recordings and any number of photographs. The ability to transmit this data swiftly is a big factor but for law firms as well as medical facilities, the security of file transfer helps protect law firms from their own type of legal trouble. New rules in the legal industry ushered in harsh penalties related to data breaches. The security and the speed of file sharing helps make workflow smooth and seamless.
The transportation industry, using trucking as an example, relies on fiber networks due to the volume and near-constant real-time information transfers. Trucking firms for example, place GPS sensors on each of their vehicles and their data centers receive inbound information from all parts of a region or country, from several sources at once. They need this information to transfer in a rapid fashion to run sophisticated software that chooses the best route for shipments. In an industry with slim profit margins, each minute spared for a shipment delivery matters. Fiber network provides the speed and stability to keep the commerce of this country moving at optimum efficiencies.
Other general benefits of turning to a fiber network:
- The cloud – 96% of all organizations use the Cloud for storage to some degree. The speed and bandwidth fiber networks supply mean quicker access to data and applications stored on the Cloud.
- HD Video – Fiber networks support teleconferencing and video conferencing; important tools for employee training, marketing and sales. Fiber networks enable teleconferencing as a business tool without sacrificing available bandwidth.
- Signal strength – The signal for traditional broadband diminishes as the user moves further away from the switch. The signal operation of fiber optic internet allow organization in larger spaces to benefit from better signal strength throughout the facility.
There are many factors for businesses to consider when deciding whether a fiber network is a worthwhile investment for their operations. Evaluate your current system’s speed, bandwidth and security. If what you have now doesn’t meet your business needs – let’s have a conversation: 330-722-9215.