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Cellular Wireless: A New Communication Option for Industrial Automation

"As with any tool, the key to deriving maximum benefits from cellular wireless communication is to determine if its capabilities suit an application’s needs and understand the steps required for effective implementation.

For applications in which the devices requiring connection are geographically dispersed, cellular wireless communication eliminates the need to build a large infrastructure and install numerous repeater radios.

For example, an OEM manufacturing equipment builder installing equipment throughout North America or even globally may want to sell a service package with the equipment. Cellular wireless communication eliminates the need for an Internet connection and concern about getting an Internet drop within the factory or plant or connectivity issues like getting through an IT firewall. It also offers security since it is only plugged in when a connection is desired. "

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