Anyone with a mobile phone has probably heard the term LTE at some point or another. But what exactly is LTE, and what do security professionals need to know about it?
As more and more people consume digital content on the go, cellular providers have had to answer with new technology. LTE is the cellular providers’ response to consumer demand for faster Internet speed and more content at their fingertips.
New vs. Old
There are several benefits of LTE cellular service over its 3G predecessor. First, LTE expands carrier capacity because it can turn voice calls into digital data and send them over the network, vs. older generations that use traditional circuit-switched calling. Second, it has improved bandwidth, which means faster data speeds to support features like video calls, streaming music and instant messaging. Third, LTE makes cellular connectivity more reliable.
There are many ways in which LTE brings value to the dealers in the home security industry. First, home security professionals have a fundamental need for network availability. A stable, reliable network is critical to support professional services such as alarm monitoring, video alarm verification and integrated smart home security apps.
Also, LTE communicators provide the longest viable cellular lifespan available to help future-proof and better prepare for emerging home security technologies. For example, voice control, facial recognition and artificial intelligence are all tech trends that are positioned to impact the home security market over the next several years. By using the most advanced communication technology, pros can take steps to be ready for whatever lies ahead.