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4G LTE Architecture: A Flexible, Secure & Agile Alternative to Legacy WANs

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LTE IN ACTION As IoT devices and other web-based applications proliferate, an increasing number of industries are discovering the benefits of a cloud-enabled, software-defined, LTE-pervasive WAN. Here are just a few examples of the potential impact of LTE on business operations and IT efficiencies: Enhanced police and public safety Today's police forces are more reliant on Internet connectivity than ever. Smartphones, tablets, dashboard cameras—they are all critical police tools requiring unfettered network access. Long gone are the days of manually plugging memory cards into computers. Nowadays, police officers need a reliable network to perform mission-critical duties while in the field, from pulling up blueprints of a building to accessing GPS location information. Enter LTE. "LTE provides police officers with an opportunity to take advantage of higher-speed connectivity in a moving vehicle across a very broad geography," says Bresniker. The result is not only improved public—and officer—safety but also greater operational efficiencies. With LTE, police teams can securely file and send reports from anywhere as well as provide command units with timely information about their whereabouts and operations. Remote healthcare made easy Today's healthcare organizations must find new ways to meet—and treat—patients where they already are, whether that happens to be at work, on the street, or in a rural area. But although machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) technologies can help healthcare practitioners reach patients remotely, traditional wired connectivity solutions simply don't offer the flexibility needed to support them. Fortunately, LTE offers reliable, flexible, and secure connectivity, enabling healthcare organizations to conduct virtual appointments and making it possible for patients to access and update medical information, all while maintaining the highest levels of network security. Greater security for connected things There are plenty of reasons why financial services firms are adopting LTE. For one, with LTE and a cloud-based management solution, a bank can apply firmware updates to each of its automated teller machines (ATMs) with the press of a button. In the event of an outage, an LTE network can pick up where a primary connection left off to avoid service interruptions, as well as deliver reliable connectivity in an industry that requires always-on performance of its cloud- computing applications and ATMs. Data security is also driving LTE adoption in the financial services industry. As headline- making data breaches cost companies millions of dollars in lost revenue and tarnished reputation, many financial services companies are deploying multiple LTE- enabled, application-specific networks—also known as parallel networks—or "air-gapping," which is physically separated networks. For instance, a bank may want to distribute digital signage across thousands of its branch locations. However, by physically separating this data on a parallel network, the bank can prevent hackers from leveraging a compromised network to attack other servers, including those that hold sensitive data. "Thanks to security through separation, even if someone hacks into the digital signage network, there's no way they can conduct a pivot attack on the bank's secure financial network," says Hosac. CONCLUSION IoT devices, mobile workforces, distributed enterprises—they're all driving the need for reliable, secure, and always-on Internet access. More and more, LTE is being used to provide everyone from police officers to retail associates with failover connectivity, faster speed-to- deployment, and enhanced security. Nevertheless, rapidly deploying and dynamically managing networks can require significant IT time and resources. However, by layering LTE with SD-WAN software and cloud management solutions, organizations can better steer and support fluctuations in mission-critical network traffic from a single location for reduced operational costs—and greater peace of mind. To learn more, visit Cradlepoint.com About Cradlepoint Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint has grown to become the industry leader in soft- ware-defined cloud- delivered LTE network solutions for business, service providers, and government organizations, and we are committed to extending our leadership into the emerging 5G space. More than 23,000 customers worldwide in retail, financial services, healthcare, transportation, public sector, and other indus- tries rely on Cradlepoint to keep their branch and mobile networks as well as their IoT devices always connected and protected. Our Elastic Edge™ vision provides a blueprint for next-generation, software- defined edge networks built on pervasive and reliable 4G/5G wireless services, connecting people, places, and things everywhere with enterprise-class visibility, security, and control. 4

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