Recently on the train. Full ICE car, slow Wi-Fi. You know how it is. Next to me a young man – presumably a student – is absorbed in wildly moving colorful monsters back and forth on his mobile phone. There are explosions every tenth of a second. Suddenly, my seat neighbor jumps up and screams: “Argh! Why does the network have to crash now of all times?"
It would seem that he doesn't travel on the Cologne to Frankfurt route very often. The experienced passenger is familiar with the points where the Wi-Fi goes down on the ICE. Apparently, my fellow traveler was about to break a record. Or vanquish a monster. Definitely something important. I can understand (after all, I have children of the same age) that in the age of digitalization, experiences such as these are equivalent to personal tragedies. They used to do this kind of thing on the soccer field.
Mobile-flexible working – it kind of works. We've all experienced network disconnections. Incidentally, this is usually at the very moment we want to capture a flash of inspiration on virtual paper or urgently pass on important information to a colleague. These things annoy us. Sort of like for my student. In other work scenarios, it can make the difference between life and death. Consider paramedics or firefighters who are being navigated to a current emergency at a railway station or on a company's premises. Network failure, service breakdown. Log in again, enter address again. This can cost precious seconds that may actually be relevant. Real time has a real meaning here.
Consistent (mobile) network quality like at a stationary workplace – wouldn’t that be amazing. And it would not only make the dream of flexible working a reality, but would also provide relief in many other digital applications. Or have you resigned yourself to a restricted situation?
Netmotion really is a solution that enables continuous and secure mobile network access. A simple client is installed on the end devices for this purpose. After installation and configuration, an encrypted VPN tunnel is established to the central VPN gateway in a (cloud) data center. If the user now drives into a dead zone, has a roaming problem, or the end device simply decides to take a break, Netmotion intervenes: it detects the location and reason for this and puts the applications that are "located" in the VPN tunnel into a "pause mode". Client and server applications are not aborted, only paused. When the network is back up, the data connections continue seamlessly. The user gets an uninterrupted experience.
In addition to seamless roaming, mobile performance management brings a few more features to enhance the mobile user experience, such as acceleration of data traffic and data compression as well as application and tunnel stability.
However... if the user stays where there is no network connection, well – we can't yet perform miracles.
You can also find an interesting article on this topic here.