The pinnacle of commercial recreation on the high seas comes in the form of large cruise ships that accommodate thousands of passengers and crew, essentially a small city in the middle of the ocean. In the world of cruise ships, delivering a quality user experience and safety for cruise passengers and crew is of utmost importance. There is a multitude of ways in which software-defined networking (SDN) and SD-WAN can enhance the networking capability of those operating out to sea.

Delivering quick-meals at reasonable prices in a constantly-changing marketplace is no small feat, especially due to soaring fuel costs, product quality concerns, and nutritional mandates, in addition to menu cycle changes, changing consumer demands, and new product introductions to keep customers coming back. Fast-food chains and food service industry rely heavily on distribution and logistics service providers to provide prepared meals, fresh produce and meats, and package handling.

The vehicle industry is already working hard to fulfill its customer’s demand for more comfort, safety, and vehicle assistance. The industry is also struggling to adapt to customer trends, like hyper-connectivity, automation, and customization.

Since cell tower sites and multi-site offices are spread over multiple geographies, covering urban and remote areas, monitoring cell tower sites from a centralized location is becoming increasingly difficult. Non-visibility of energy consumption and asset maintenance further increases OPEX and significant security threats.

Boats and ships traveling offshore usually have limited access to fast Internet connections. Without fast internet, they can’t benefit from what cloud computing has to offer, including data analytics and AI/ML technologies. But now, thanks to edge computing and improvements in wireless communications, the maritime industry is starting to introduce words like “smart” and “autonomous” into their dictionaries— you’ll now hear: smart boats, autonomous ships, etc.

Global manufacturing operations are increasingly embracing digital transformation, demanding a secure, agile network to maximize productivity, improve efficiency, and safety. Manufacturers today not only need to control and secure a global environment that may include difficult or remote sites, legacy machine control systems, secure access to data from Operation Technology (OT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices, in addition to the ever-increasing demands for efficiency and speed in their digital operations.

Traffic systems rely on all kinds of sensors and IP cameras to gather real-time information from the field regarding traffic flows and congestions. Such information could be used to control traffic lights, information displays, video cameras, actuators, or simply to monitor traffic flows.

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