Solutions for Internationally Active Companies
Global IT concepts open up enormous savings potential
Companies with international locations have to think global when it comes to planning and implementation. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting locations. Cross-location applications should be regarded as advantages rather than disadvantages.
What are the consequences for IT?
In many cases, IT infrastructure remains a local issue and is restricted to the definitions of uniform standards. At the other extreme, you have global procurement activities that do not take local conditions into account.
Where are the potential problems when it comes to mobile infrastructure? Where can we benefit from potential savings?
Global IT advantages
This is not the place to analyze the pros and cons of end-to-end processes; we’ll leave that to the system specialists. Here we want to explore the possibilities of an end-to-end hardware structure.
The first step is to reduce materials. Hardware components are usually planned on a location-by-location basis. If the application, together with the required central components, is considered process critical, a level of protection is provided via the redundant design or through Service Level Agreements with rapid response and recovery times. These are, in turn, expensive.
A cross-location overall concept is an alternative here.
By selecting and connecting the right products it is possible to create solutions where local devices have to be easy to purchase, as a fully automatic failover to a central instance takes place in the event of an error. Not only do 1:n redundancies offer savings of up to 40 percent on acquisition costs, but they also deliver an additional 30 percent thanks to reduced maintenance and service costs.
As a result, it is possible to implement end-to-end management solutions, where it is possible to significantly reduce local requirements in terms of quality and quantity.
We also implemented a ‘self-healing’ plan in a number of projects, in which free capacity automatically bridges defective system components through different working hours, for example. Exchanging defective components is now just a question of logistics. The system itself puts the new devices into operation. It is no longer necessary for IT managers to perform configuration activities; they only need to check that everything is functioning as intended.
This makes it possible to balance the higher service requirements due to inferior infrastructure, lower availability etc. we see in other countries.
A further advantage of end-to-end solutions is that they flexibly support mobile employees. Uniform security implementations can be performed as a byproduct. This allows a thoroughly secure and uniform user authentication, even if there is a change in location. As such, it is possible to assign local settings such as language to the user profile without any problems. This way, you always feel at home wherever you are.
Problems in using HF technology for international applications
It is necessary to take note of a few particularities when using mobile technologies across national borders. First of all, different countries often have different legal regulations or approval requirements for using HF technology. This has various aspects:
- Certification according to different standards
- Restrictions on transmission frequency or channel selection
- Restrictions on maximum transmission power
- Restrictions on putting together systems (free choice of antennas)
- No choice concerning indoor and outdoor use
- Additional country-specific restrictions
While hardware and firmware or the various country-specific versions on offer from providers cover some of these requirements, other ranges can only be validated through the range of products, design, or even the procurement channels.
Anyone who thinks a product from the U.S. has priority over a German product is wrong. With this in mind, users in the U.S. and Israel, for example, are not permitted to define national settings. This means that it is not possible to operate the U.S. version of a product in most other countries. The Germany approval shifts responsibility onto the user.
If you still want to implement transnational concepts, the system integrator must select the correct products and be familiar system behavior, including in the event of failure.
There are even some countries where it is forbidden to operate certain products or where the cost-benefit ratio is too high to justify.
Importing and exporting HF products
Importing and exporting products to individual countries is another major hurdle. Local procurement is rarely the best solution. This is because, on the one hand, specialists are once again required for each country, and they must all be working with the same information, and on the other hand, only non-configured devices can be used, which rules out a physical comparison.
Overcoming this hurdle requires addressing the usual problems such as customs, taxes, transport, and insurance as well as negotiating the pitfalls of HF. In the simplest case, this can be solved with manufacturer certificates. However, these often have to be translated into the national language. In extreme cases, these are to be obtained from local institutes or authorities. It is also often necessary to call in local partners with the corresponding import licenses.
Of course, you can assume these tasks yourself or engage a local partner. But why not take advantage of our global experience and let your German partner assume responsibility for implementing your project in a thorough manner. Attention to detail is essential, a fact that many importers now painfully acknowledge, even though “everything worked so well last year.”
Get in touch with us. We will gladly provide you with our references. We assume responsibility from initial design to local and global implementation, right through to service and maintenance, to the full satisfaction of the user.
Mobile communication has a new name: aeroaccess.
Although there are different approval standards within the E.U., these are relatively straightforward to implement. However, if you plan to implement a HF system in one of the countries listed below, we recommend doing your research carefully or talking to us first.
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic, Congo Republic, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, East Timor, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the U.S., Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe – Last updated 1 January 2013
Mobile communication has a new name: aeroaccess.