Mobile devices are essential to the survival of many businesses these days, but company owners need to balance the benefits of having new technology like LTE and the high costs of the latest devices, writes JAMES MUNN of Qualcomm.
Mobile devices are an increasingly intrinsic tool in the success of all businesses, with employees needing an efficient device that is always on and always connected. It’s a fact that rapidly evolving technology has seen device prices fall while functionality continues to increase. But, business owners subsidising mobile devices for their employees still need to balance the benefits of having the newest tech, like 4G LTE, and the high cost of the latest devices.
As there are now more affordable 4G LTE devices available in South Africa, weighing device functionality and cost is much easier. Qualcomm, global mobile technology innovators, makers of Qualcomm Snapdragon modems and processors, explains why:
Futureproof your tech
Development in 3G technology is increasingly replaced by investment in research and development around 4G LTE. This means that if you choose 3G devices for your business, you’re choosing a phone that offers the best of yesteryear. Choosing a 4G LTE phone to connect your employees means that you’re futureproofing your technology investment.
Access cloud files, faster
With more businesses moving to cloud services, employees on the move need to access documents quickly on their mobile devices, wherever they’re operating from. The modems and processors with support for 4G LTE let you download and send any documents from cloud storage at speeds that are up to ten times faster than 3G.
Choose HD – because it’s the smart thing to do
Viewing or listening to content on a 4G LTE mobile phone or tablet means that users can finally enjoy crisp, clear video and great audio quality on VoIP calls. Mobile devices with 4G LTE are turbocharged with high download speeds and superb responsiveness, so they can stream high quality video or voice that’s quick, sharp and fluid.
Mail, much faster
With mobile devices offering ever-improved email clients, your office is no longer a cubicle in an office building – it is wherever you can carry your mobile device and establish a connection via 4G LTE. Managing mail and documents on a 4G LTE device is quick and efficient.
Data calls are better, clearer
Businesses are moving away from conventional calling to ‘dialling in’ over data, with video calling adding a wonderful, personal dimension to mobile communication. In the past, people avoided data calls because of poor sound quality and erratic connections – but mobile devices with 4G LTE result in clear, audible video meetings in your favourite messaging app.
Browse the web, faster
Web pages are becoming more sophisticated, which means that they’re great to surf when there’s a fast connection – and immensely frustrating when there isn’t. With download speeds that are at least ten times those of 3G, 4G LTE mobile devices allow surfing the web in a fraction of the time, no matter the complexity of the websites visited.
Better battery life
Faster communication over LTE also means that making the most of your mobile device won’t eat into your battery life while you’re waiting for stuff to happen – which means more performance out of every battery charge. If your team is on call 24/7 utilising their mobile devices business tools, businesses could invest in devices with Qualcomm Technologies’ Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which can charge from zero to 60 percent in just 30 minutes.
4G LTE won’t break the budget
Contrary to common perception, 4G LTE devices are not only for the private premium market, with the likes of Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and 800 series processors found in devices in South Africa. Prices of entry level 4G LTE devices are likely to fall even further in the coming months, putting them well within the reach of business budgets that are already stretched.
It’s easy to access 4G LTE
All major South African mobile networks have invested heavily in 4G LTE infrastructure to offer a broader 4G LTE footprint to users. This means that data services are keeping up with the ‘pull’ created by the proliferation of 4G LTE devices in the local market – and that users can rest assured that they will enjoy the full benefits of the service.
Time is money
Downloading or uploading the same amount of data over 4G LTE doesn’t cost more than doing it over 3G. However, 4G LTE delivers your data much faster.
Choosing mobile phones and tablets that use a 4G LTE connection will give businesses the digital clout they need to maximise productivity through seamless browsing, instant downloads, and even slick connections with other Wi-Fi enabled devices around them.
* James Munn, VP of Business Development, Middle East and Africa at Qualcomm International
How we use phones to avoid human contact
A recent study by Kaspersky Lab has found that 75% of people pick up their connected device to avoid conversing with another human being.
Connected devices are becoming essential to keeping people in contact with each other, but for many they are also a much-needed comfort blanket in a variety of social situations when they do not want to interact with others. A recent survey from Kaspersky Lab has confirmed this trend in behaviour after three-quarters of people (75%) admitted they use a device to pretend to be busy when they don’t want to talk to someone else, showing the importance of keeping connected devices protected under all circumstances.
Imagine you’ve arrived at a bar and you’re waiting for your date. The bar is busy, and people are chatting all around you. What do you do now? Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know? Grab your phone from your pocket or handbag until your date arrives to keep yourself busy? Why talk to humans or even make eye-contact with someone else when you can stare at your connected device instead?
The truth is, our use of devices is making it much easier to avoid small talk or even be polite to those around us, and new Kaspersky Lab research has found that 72% of people use one when they do not know what to do in a social situation. They are also the ‘go-to’ distraction for people even when they aren’t trying to look busy or avoid someone’s eye. 46% of people admit to using a device just to kill time every day and 44% use it as a daily distraction.
In addition to just being a distraction, devices are also a lifeline to those who would rather not talk directly to another person in day-to-day situations, to complete essential tasks. In fact, nearly a third (31%) of people would prefer to carry out tasks such as ordering a taxi or finding directions to where they need to go via a website and an app, because they find it an easier experience than speaking with another person.
Whether they are helping us avoid direct contact or filling a void in our daily lives, our constant reliance on devices has become a cause for panic when they become unusable. A third (34%) of people worry that they will not be able to entertain themselves if they cannot access a connected device. 12% are even concerned that they won’t be able to pretend to be busy if their device is out of action.
Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab said, “The reliance on connected devices is impacting us in more ways than we could have ever expected. There is no doubt that being connected gives us the freedom to make modern life easier, but devices are also vital to help people get through different and difficult social situations. No matter what your ‘connection crutch’ is, it is essential to make sure your device is online and available when you need it most.”
To ensure your device lifeline is always there and in top health – no matter what the reason or situation – Kaspersky Security Cloud keeps your connection safe and secure:
· I want to use my device while waiting for a friend – is it secure to access the bar’s Wi-Fi?
With Kaspersky Security Cloud, devices are protected against network threats, even if the user needs to use insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is done through transferring data via an encrypted channel to ensure personal data safety, so users’ devices are protected on any connection.
· Oh no! I’m bored but my phone’s battery is getting low – what am I going to do?
Users can track their battery level thanks to a countdown of how many minutes are left until their device shuts down in the Kaspersky Security Cloud interface. There is also a wide-range of portable power supplies available to keep device batteries charged while on-the-go.
· I’ve lost my phone! How will I keep myself entertained now?
Should the unthinkable happen and you lose or have your phone stolen, Kaspersky Security Cloud can track and protect your device from data breaches, for complete peace of mind. Remote lock and locate features ensure your device remains secure until you are reunited.
Five key biometric facts
Due to their uniqueness, fingerprints are being used more and more to quickly identify and ensure the security of customers. CLAUDE LANGLEY, Regional Sales Manager, for Africa at HID Global Biometrics, outlines five facts about the technology.
How many times in a day are you expected to identify yourself? From when you arrive at work you are required to sign in, visiting your bank, receiving healthcare services… The list is endless. When a system knows who you are, you are able to do any number common, everyday activities. Your identity is unique and precious. It is also easily stolen and the target of many hackers across the globe. Technology is constantly evolving alongside the criminal element, always looking for ways to protect data and identity. One such solution happens to be biometrics and it is rapidly gaining traction in our increasingly complex modern world.
Reliable, secure and fundamentally YOU, unique biometric traits such as fingerprints are being used by banks, enterprises and consumers to verify identity. Biometric solutions offer significant identity protection because they use unique biological details to ensure an account is only accessed by the account holder, a door only opened by the owner. Here are five things that are little known about this technology…
- The uncut identity. Your fingerprint is unique to you. Nobody can use a copy of it to impersonate you. Good technology is capable of scanning down into the layers of the fingertip to differentiate unique elements of a person’s fingerprint, this data is then encrypted and used as a key to unlocking whichever physical or virtual door that the biometric system protects.
- The living proof. No, there is nothing to the stories of fingerprints being used without their owner’s knowledge or permission. Biometric solutions can use specific variables to determine if the finger used to access the system is that of a present, living person. A copy or a fake cannot be used to access a cutting-edge biometric solution.
- Easy and convenient. Queues and documents and paperwork may well be a thing of the past should biometrics take a firmer grip of government and banking systems. The process of registering is easy, and access to identity documents and records is yours alone.
- Security blanket. A thousand passwords and a hundred post-it notes stuck on walls and drawers. An excel file with a list of sites and applications and their corresponding passwords, all a thing of the past. Nobody needs to remember their password with biometrics, they only need to show up.
- Anywhere is cool. Schools, airports, networks, offices, homes, toilets, banks, libraries, governments, border controls, immigration services, call centres, hospitals and even clubs and pubs – knowing “who” matters and biometrics can quickly and conveniently confirm your identity where needed.