Contractors World 2011 Volume 2 Issue 10
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Technology can sometimes be such a hassle
Today, Internet and mobile telephone access is a critical tool for virtually every manager and also many operatives. Apart from routine communications for emails and telephone calls, more and more equipment is fitted with diagnostic systems and security devices that communicate via wireless technology.
I well remember the days when I had to carry a case full of adapters, crocodile clips, screwdrivers and various adapters to try and hook into a hotel’s telephone system to get a dial up connection.
Dial-up is not really an option with today’s file loads but hotels and other suppliers treat WiFi internet access as a cash-cow - an easy way to milk the business traveller.
Interestingly, many businesses see that offering free access actually increases business - McDonalds, Denny’s and others are a classic example.
I will only stay at hotels that offer free WiFi access - they get my business. If enough people do the same the bigger chains such as Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, etc. will soon get the message - indeed some already have realised that free WiFi wins business.
An efficient WiFi installation costs very little in comparative terms, and hotels and exhibition centres usually have it installed for their own purposes, so it is easily opened up to benefit guests and visitors.
As we head rapidly towards 2012 and the beginning of the exhibition season, it will be interesting to see what new technology is introduced and how companies use technology to promote their machines.
Although these exhibitions, trade shows and conferences will be promoting the use of technology, few, if any, will actually enable a free WiFi connection. Why should they - when they have a captive audience that needs access and can be used as a revenue stream?
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