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THEME: LOCAL VIBES, MOBILE LIVES Network Wellness: A Lesson in Becoming Proactive By: Alex Rawitz Business Development Manager, Servato J ust like an individual's health, there are many aspects of a healthy network. A big part of a healthy network that is often out of sight and out of mind is backup power. Like individual healthcare, there is an increasing need to focus on preventative wellness in the network by proactively using data. As the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution grows, IoT will add new stresses, require new abilities, and demand more from the aging infrastructure of networks and carriers across the U.S. To realize an IoT future, it is necessary to improve best practices around network health, including backup power. Take, for example, how IoT will drive industry-wide change in healthcare. The expanding amount of and uses for healthcare data is transforming the way individuals manage their health. Healthcare data from everyday wearable and tracking devices to laboratory equipment is now being analyzed in the Cloud. The ability of data representative of a single individual to be unified into an adaptive picture of his or her health in the Cloud will drive industry change. One prominent healthcare IT company expects constantly evolving "data-rich personalized analysis"1 to become standard for individuals by the end of the decade. Keeping the superhighways of data flowing-in other words, keeping the network "healthy"-is critical. IoT will change healthcare, and the IoT framework can do for networks what it will do for consumers and doctors. It can allow the analysis and diagnosis of personal (network) health information in real-time so doctors (technicians and engineers) can make more informed decisions. In healthcare, this will lead to improved personal health and in telecom, better network performance and reliability (which will in turn impact the reliability of all IoT technology). Real-time data and analysis will create a constantly aware picture of a network's health. The data superhighways-the copper, coaxial, and fiber that connect the network-are the nervous system of this complex organism. If these are compromised, service goes out and IoT devices fail. Power is the network's blood, supplying the energy to the network that enables all other functions. If at any time, the blood (power) fails to flow, the rest of the body (the network) fails. Like healthcare, regular checkups and tests (routine truck rolls) are necessary for the whole body (network). In-person checks are increasingly complemented by remote health services, expanding the ability to collect health information. By applying IoT to network health the same way it is being applied to personal health, these intensive, time-consuming manual processes will no longer be the only means for improving, maintaining, and monitoring networks. Constant data analysis will give technicians and engineers cutting-edge tools to ensure an IoT future with reliable networks. For network power, preventative wellness has arrived. Companies are utilizing IoT technology to constantly monitor backup batteries with laboratory THE precision. Some go beyond monitoring, using that data to manage the batteries, adaptively charging them and extending their life. Truck rolls and routine maintenance that dominate network wellness today can be greatly minimized with monitoring, automation, and remote management. These sometimes-necessary activities will never disappear entirely, but utilizing proper monitoring and automated management on all parts of the network can greatly reduce their frequency. As there is ROI in preventing the frequency of doctor visits through preventative health, there are cost savings available in improving and automating network maintenance. Spend a little more time and money preventing issues, and operators can spend a lot less fixing larger problems. Network management, including power management, needs to take a lesson from the direction of healthcare. Industrial IoT products should provide data to the Cloud in the same ways healthcare IoT will. Each node or POP will be another data-rich profile telling network "doctors" about its health before it goes down. Backup batteries, critical for recognizing the vision of an IoT future, should also be included. Data, collected over time and analyzed in the Cloud, can provide an accurate picture of network and battery health and help technicians ensure that service is always on. Alex Rawitz is Business Development Manager, Servato. He has more than five years of operations, marketing, and project management experience and has served as a consultant with dozens of startup companies. For more information, please email or visit 1 blog/how-the-internet-of-things-isrevolutionizing-healthcare.html VOICE * * Spring/Summer 2016 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2015 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Bringing IoT Home
Creating the Foundation for Highly Successful IoT Programs
Meeting the Needs of Mobile Customers in the Era of the Cloud
Cows, Cars, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Policy Breakthroughs Bring Mobility Closer to You
Unlock Handsets: Unlock Competition
IoT: The 3 Most Promising Letters in Business Today?
Let Your Digital Marketing Strategy Deliver Results
Managing the World of Connected Everything
Rugged Phones & The Connected Consumer
When Size Doesn’t Matter
Network Wellness: A Lesson in Becoming Proactive
The Service Orchestration Imperative for 5G Enterprise Cord Cutting
The Future Device: eUICC/eSIM Lifecycle Management
The IoT Effect on Wireless Networks
3 Ways Smartphones Can Increase Productivity
Unlimited Amounts of Data – For Everyone?
Mitigating Signaling and Security Burdens of IoT
2016: A Very Important Year for Mobile Carriers
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016