SD-WAN and Civil Engineering: Transforming Construction Sites for the Future

Civil engineering and the construction industry see technological innovations as means to achieve goals while reducing time and expenses and increasing efficiency across the board. However, to efficiently leverage technologies, they must address security, performance, and management issues that stem from using emerging technologies on obsolete network infrastructures.

Add to it the increasing number of IoT devices, cloud technologies, and a wide range of sensors on construction sites, and you have bottlenecks in infrastructures based on WAN. 

How do we address this issue then? SD-WAN offers a simple solution to civil engineers and renders construction and inspection sites ready for the future. Let’s see how.

What is SD-WAN?

WAN stands for wide-area network, while SD stands for software-defined. WAN enables civil engineers to use apps on the servers in the data center on the go. However, once you have hundreds of devices on the network, apps on the local servers, SaaS solutions, and cloud technologies, WAN performs poorly.

On the other hand, we have SD-WAN. Unlike WAN, SD-WAN uses software-defined networking concepts. This approach enables it to efficiently distribute network traffic across WAN. SD-WAN benefits include improved app performance, better security, excellent cloud connectivity, and streamlined management. 

Let’s see how it can help transform construction sites for the future and enable civil engineers to stay on top of their tasks. 

Adaptive network for modern demands

Let’s say your operations are based on WAN, and you don’t want to make drastic changes but want to improve your network. SD-WAN builds on your WAN, and you can use your WAN links. Whether you use LTE, wireless 4G, MPLS, or broadband, you can have SD-WAN on top of it all.

SW WAN will enable you to leverage all the available bandwidth. By doing so, SD-WAN makes your entire network more agile. It can support a wide range of traffic volumes even if the bandwidth demands keep changing. 

Your network will be available 24/7 even if you use bandwidth-intensive solutions like cloud apps. It can also reduce the MPLS bandwidth costs as it makes transport links resilient. 

Minimal to no app downtime

Modern SD-WAN solutions have built-in AI software that helps with performance. Thanks to AI, you can benefit from application intelligence and have a solution that automatically inspects packets. It means that all civil engineers across multiple sites can use the mobile apps without experiencing any downtime and slowdowns. 

However, there is one more benefit. 

Let’s say some civil engineers are bound to perform critical tasks. You must ensure that their access to the network and the apps they use work 100%. SD-WAN can help you do so even. The critical apps will continue to run even during network outages. It reduces network complexity, enabling the IT department to improve apps and services.

Simplified operations

With constantly increasing networking needs, deploying WAN is bound to become challenging sooner rather than later. SD-WAN has a simple solution for network complexities. It delivers unparalleled control orchestrator and management from one central location. A central orchestrator is a key to simplified operations.

Let’s say there are multiple branches and inspection and construction sites. Thanks to SD-WAN, your IT department can roll out everything from patches to policy updates in a few clicks. Plus, it makes the detection of errors hassle-free. Anomalies are detected the moment they occur so that the IT department can fix them.

Enhanced security

Finally, we come to security. Civil engineers often work with sensitive data. Ensuring the safety and security of this data is essential. It can help you avoid expensive lawsuits and a range of penalties. SD-WAN helps make the entire network more secure. Thanks to it, the whole network is consolidated under one secure umbrella. 

Every data traffic can be assessed and secured. For instance, direct communication between people on-site and local servers can be set up to have higher security and specific regulatory compliance. Additionally, SD-WAN brings encryption and firewall as top-notch security features to help protect communications between all devices on the network. 

Security risks are completely thwarted even if organizations use SaaS and other cloud solutions in their day-to-day tasks. 

Conclusion

Digital solutions and technology, in general, will continue to enable civil engineers to embrace innovation and become more efficient. Given that all solutions, including hardware and software, need to communicate, the network will be the foundation for futureproofing your career and the organization you work for.

SD-WAN emerges as the only solution capable of delivering all the benefits civil engineers and relevant organizations need to complete their tasks efficiently. Thanks to better security, streamlined management, better management, and no app downtime, construction and inspection sites are ready to tackle modern challenges.