A new communications platform, which connects people around the globe almost instantaneously, changing industries, commerce, and society over the span of a generation. Sounds like The Internet right? Nope! This is the story of the Telegraph. The Victorian Internet By Tom Standage is my favourite book in quite some time. Highly recommended ( and it’s available as an audio book at Edmonton Public Library!
Speaking of Automation, you’ve probably heard that Robots and AI are coming for your job. That might be true, or it might not be! Certainly wasn’t true for ATM’s! Wired Magazine has a nice feature on this.
The Client – Alberta Truss – Edmonton Based Manufacturer of pre-built and custom floor and roof trusses for residential, agricultural and commercial markets. http://albertatruss.com/
The Problem – If you thought your business didn’t have many options for Internet, you should see Alberta Truss facility! Sitting on a 17 Acre site between Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Alberta Truss was suffering on an internet connection that was giving them 2-3mbps download, and as little as .35 mbps upload. They needed a high capacity internet connection in order to meet the needs of their business. A key requirement was a fast upload speed, in order to property serve employees with remote access.
The Solution – WiBand Communications worked with Alberta Truss to deploy a Fixed Wireless 20mbps down/5mbps service. The service included Unlimited Data, 5 Static IP Addresses, 24/7/365 phone support and is scalable to meet the growing business and technology needs of Alberta Truss. The total time to deployment ( from order entry to final testing/activation) was 34 business days.
The Result – “The need to provide fast service to our customers is a top priority for us. Our employees needed a fast reliable connection to allow them a rapid turnaround and our old provider just couldn’t offer us a better solution. WiBand came in and allowed us the capacity to speed up our data rates, while assuring us no downtime during the transition. We couldn’t ask for a more trouble free installation and service and are more than happy with the data package they provided us. ” – Robert Stark, Production Manger, Alberta Truss Ltd.
Are you an Edmonton and area Business and need a better internet/network solution? Contact me here
Holy cow is it Mid June already? Time flies when you are having fun settling into a new house. I’ve finally achieved my dream of having my own compost pile, and I’ve got my ‘We Go Bagless’ sign from the city on my lawn! Still getting used to the quiet of not living in Downtown Edmonton. I’m excited for those bike lanes though! Bring on the Edmonton Bike Freeway for us ‘not quite in the core’ commuters!
It’s been busy at WiBand too! Here are some of the trends that I noticed in May:
1. Most popular Package – 50mbps down/10mbps upload with Unlimited Data. While this is by no means our starter package, it was my most popular amongst my new clients. This also comes with 5 Static IP Addresses!
2. Biggest project – Bonding two 200mbps download/200mbps upload connections. For this customer, they would be getting 400mbps download/400mbps upload speeds between the 2 redundant links, with an automatic failover in between. That means if 1 link gets cut, all the traffic is automatically routed to the other link. No disruption between the two. This client has a data centre, so having maximum uptime is mission critical to their business.
3. Firewalls – With the Wannacry attack in May, lots of business and organizations are taking a good look at their firewalls to make sure it has the tools to defend against threats. One thing I’ve been reminding most people is you can also prioritize voice traffic and filter content, in order to maintain maximum bandwith for business applications. At least you can if your Firewall is updated!
4. June Business Goals
Blog more ( you should see at least 2 more blog posts this month).
Get out to network more. I’ve already been to a couple events but i’m on a keen lookout for others. I’ll gladly take suggestions too!
5. OH i almost forgot! I’ve signed back up for Twitter, so feel free to give me a follow at twitter.com/colininedmonton I’ll be posting pretty much everything I do ( from Wiband Internet stuff, to artwork and Podcast things) plus other nonsense! Best of all? My Twitter will be 100% POLITICS FREE.
Have questions about anything above, or would like to talk about improving your business internet/network? Drop me a line and I’d be happy do a consultation with you.
April was a pretty exciting month at my household, not only due to the Oilers Playoff run, but because my wife and I moved into our first house! Everything with the move went well: No major hiccups, and other than some random painting and installing new smoke alarms ( the latter I accomplished with a little luck and some handy Youtube Tutorials), we are settling in nicely. Big thanks to Brandon and Jackie at Benchmark Mortgages for the great service on our Mortgage, Sonia Tarabay of RE/MAX Elite for getting us a BONKERS AMAZING Deal on our House, and Rick Morgenstern at Global Property Inspections for the great home inspection. Also to our families, who chipped in a ton of time and muscle power to get us settled in.
Enough about me! Let’s talk about what problems I’ve been working with Edmonton and Area businesses on this month:
Bandwidth at construction sites/yards. I spoke to a couple construction and industrial companies who have long and short term projects, where they have LTE Hubs installed, that don’t seem to be working that well for them, especially when they try to hook up a couple computers, a VOIP Phones and security cameras. The Solution – Flexible moves for Fixed Wireless. I’ve worked out some very budget friendly fixed wireless options and put in amendments into the deal that lets the companies move equipment as required (with a bit of notice of course), in exchange for a longer term deal (which of course gets them the best monthly rate possible).
Any sort of internet outage extremely costly to business. This has become a regular topic of conversation. Whether it’s placing bids or keeping production rolling, it seems that more and more businesses don’t bend when the internet drops, it breaks. Outages are a fact of life. Earlier this year, we saw Amazon and Azure both have outages, and in the last week of April, Shaw had a Canada wide outage. Summer is also a time of unfortunate fibre cuts with more construction, digging and drilling happen ( case in point, this fibre cut in Edmonton last year). The Solution – Shared IP Automatic Failover – When the Primary Internet connection drops, all incoming and outgoing traffic can be routed to a secondary internet connection automatically using the same IP Address as the primary. When the Primary comes back up, the traffic re-routes back to it. No manual or physical changes required, and no one inside or outside your office will notice a thing.
Biggest Surprise of April – Is how many businesses need bandwidth for Live Monitored Security Cameras. I’ve had more conversations in April about Internet for cameras than I have in the 1.5 years I’ve been in this industry.
My April Business Goal – I’d like to pick the brain of a couple Commercial Property Managers this month, to hear about their challenges lining up tenants when they know their buildings don’t have much by way of internet offerings. I don’t have a fresh out of the box solution for this yet, but I’m hoping to put one together that will a) let Property Managers keep their vacancy down, and b) get their tenants the bandwidth they need to grow. If YOU are a Property Manger that would be willing to give me an hour of your time in exchange for a cup of coffee, piece of Pie ( or both), let me know.
Thats all I have for now! I’d love get some feedback, comments, questions or suggestions. Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a line here