Years ago when traveling with my boss and arriving at a new location, we were ushered into a conference room that we were to use during our visit. Three of us walked into the room and then proceeded to wordlessly spend the next 10 minutes getting our electronics out of our various bags, connecting up power bricks and a mouse, crawling under the table to connect to power strips and connecting ethernet cables to the laptops. As we completed this work and then sat down to fire up the computers, we looked at each other and started laughing about how ridiculous it was to have to do all that work just to connect to email. And yet this was the method of that time as there were no mobile data connections.
Today, anyone can choose to be connected nearly instantly to their data services with live updates on company events, email, stock quotes and any other key indicator needed to run a business. It is just amazing how far we’ve come in the past few years. Smartphones and tablets with nearly instant on and nearly continuous network connections have really changed the game of business, sport and life.
I’m still troubled by locations that are full of people like stadiums where thousands of people are trying to stay connected all at the same time. I’m seeing some stadiums and mobile phone operators solving that problem with additional equipment to offer more connections. It seems that stadium operators could easily offer free wi-fi in the stadium to offload some of the cell load, but many don’t seem to do this. I think that IT professionals operating within organizations and locations where many people are concentrated in a small space should plan for this congestion and try to provide better connectivity in advance.
I just got email from a work colleague who is on vacation. I told him to put down the smartphone and be on vacation.
How about that ‘Find Friends’ app on the Apple IOS platforms where you can see where people are located without having to ask. We can tell were our family or friends are now without even talking to them.