Our global economy is built upon a digital empire ruled by billions of consumers demanding instant access and results. Every moment counts in the world of connectivity. Businesses striving to keep a competitive edge must constantly adapt their operations for the most secure connection.

An hour of lost connectivity could cost your business thousands of dollars. Not only do you lose money, but network failure can also lead to unhappy customers, forfeited sales, and/or lost information. These obstacles can be avoided with a secondary connection source, or an internet backup plan. IoT providers are one of the main sources of internet backup plans allowing for 4G and LTE connections. In this article, we are going to cover network failovers, wired vs wireless connections, industries in need of internet backup, and the next step to protecting your business. 

What Is a Network Failover?

Network or LTE failover is an operational system that automatically switches all connected devices to a backup connection source when the primary source has failed. Network failover is often referred to as internet failover as well. Using internet failover, the backup router will link your devices to a fully functioning network. The data automatically switches over from Wi-Fi to LTE, preventing you from ever losing signal. 

Phones are also engineered with a redundant internet connection or internet backup option. Smartphones will connect to available Wi-Fi whenever possible. If the connection is weak or absent, the phone can be set up to automatically switch back to data. The internet backup provides seamless connection during important phone calls, video chats, gaming sessions, etc. 

Events such as natural disasters, routine construction, or security breaches can affect network connectivity. This can leave a business stranded without Wi-Fi for hours at a time. On the other hand, internet backup allows for unhindered connection for devices within range of the network signal. As IoT industries continue to upgrade their network setting to 4G, LTE, and 5G coverage, cellular data is improving in speed and reliability. More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of connecting to a wireless network as either a primary or secondary internet source. 

Industries in Need of Internet Backup 

In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to find a business that doesn’t need internet backup. However, in some industries, like healthcare, human lives can be at stake without LTE failover. Whether you need to be connected to a server to run card payments or monitor patients remotely, internet failover provides you with the protection you need to successfully run your operation. These are just a few of the industries that could benefit most from an internet backup plan. 

Healthcare: Hospitals are one of the most obvious institutions that require a backup to their primary internet connection. Monitors and endless equipment cannot function the same without cellular connectivity. 

Amusement: Losing connectivity in the amusement industry might seem inconsequential after discussing healthcare. However, there can still be serious safety concerns when losing connectivity at recreational facilities, not to mention the loss of revenue. 

Transportation: Losing connectivity can also be a safety concern, especially for public transportation which often rely on systems powered by connectivity to direct the transportation. Communication systems can also be lost, which comes with dangerous consequences. 

Finance: The financial industry loses almost all capabilities now that nearly all logging, transfers, and tracking is done online. Even opening a register at the bank can be inhibited by losing internet connection. 

Industrial: Machines can lose capabilities and tracking done through APIs and the cloud will become unavailable. 

Agriculture: Watering systems, product transportation, and communication can go down for the agriculture industry. 

Retail: If retail loses their connection, customers typically can’t make payments. Customer service can also be affected if they can’t access their inventory catalog, online help desks, or schedules.