With this additional bandwidth available, mesh networking will see a resurgence in indoor facilities. Devices that require network connectivity keeps growing and mesh networking will ensure that there are no areas in the hospital or around the campus where vital technology could lose its connection and disrupt the continuum of care for a patient.
But that’s not all. Even older, legacy devices could see benefit from the additional bandwidth and lower latency. As access points support multiple Wi-Fi versions, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz, data could be communicated over one band and then backhauled via another one.
Not only does this transform how staff is educated, but it can also aid in patient education before procedures and prior to discharge. Imagine how scanning a device or a bottle of medicine can provide education to the patient via an AR experience. With patient satisfaction a priority for many, immersive education in the hospital could be the key to greater understanding and improved compliance even after patients return home.
It’s been said that “what’s old is new again,” and while 6 GHz spectrum is new, the previously mentioned methods of extending connectivity to broader areas of the campus and rejuvenating legacy equipment for today aren’t. Yet, it's these proven strategies that can give more velocity to digital transformation projects over Wi-Fi 6E networks. Finally, pairing connectivity with innovative VR and AR applications that once were an impossibility because of bandwidth availability suggest a positive future of improved patient care and greater clinical productivity.
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