When Should High-End Communication Equipment be Retired?

A point comes, soon or later, when high-end communication equipment has to be retired. In this context, ‘retiring’ the equipment simply refers to removing the equipment from use. It is, however, not always easy to figure out when exactly the high-end communication equipment should be retired. In fact, in organizations where high-end communication equipment is used this question (on when specific pieces of equipment should be retired) often leads to very heated debates.

In my view, there are 3 situations where it may be justifiable to retire high-end communications equipment:

  1. If the equipment has become obsolete: technology is dynamic. It is possible for equipment that is considered ‘high-end’ today to have become obsolete in just a few years. Now when the equipment becomes obsolete, it makes no sense to continue using it. Continuing to use obsolete equipment is likely to lead to loss of competitive advantage. Therefore the best thing to do, when communication equipment becomes obsolete, is to retire it.
  2. If the investment in the equipment has been recouped: once the investment that was made in the high-end communication equipment has been recouped (with some profit on top), then the equipment can be retired. The high-end communication equipment is an investment. It is made with the intention of making a profit. Once the profit has been made, the equipment will have served its purpose, and it can be retired.
  3. If new, better functioning equipment has become available: so this may be a case where the older equipment has not really become obsolete. But better functioning equipment is nonetheless available in the market, meaning that it wouldn’t make much sense to continue holding onto the old equipment whose performance may not be optimal. To use an analogy, it is like if you were previously using a credit card from a lender who offered less than ideal terms. Then, at some point, you are invited to apply for a better card from Capital One: that is, to get my offer at capitalone.com. In that case, would it make sense to continue using the old, less-than-ideal credit card, yet you have access to the better Capital One credit card offer? It is the same with high-end communication equipment – once better functioning equipment becomes available, the old (less-than-ideal) communication equipment can be retired.

Securing High-End Communication Equipment

High-end communication equipment usually costs a lot of money. It therefore needs to be well secured. If high-end communication equipment is not well secured, it can easily get stolen. And should that happen, the people who rely on the equipment in question would have to be greatly inconvenienced – as new equipment is ordered for, installed and configured. On the other hand, lots of money would have to be expended, in purchasing replacements for the stolen high-end communication equipment.

So, what are some of the measures that can be taken in securing high-end communication equipment? Well, 4 key ones come to mind – where we come to learn that high-end communication equipment can be secured by:

  1. Fencing off the premises where the high-end communication equipment is installed (a razor, electrified fence would be particularly appropriate)
  2. Hiring guards to watch over the premises where the high-end communication equipment is installed
  3. Seeing to it that only authorized people are allowed into the premises where the high-end communication equipment is installed
  4. Get the local police to conduct regular patrols around the area where the high-end communication equipment is installed.

It is also important to get the members of the community that is served by the high-end communication equipment to appreciate how the equipment helps them. Take, for instance, a member of the community that is served by the equipment who works at CVS Health. You can get him to understand that if the equipment was stolen or otherwise sabotaged, he wouldn’t be able to access the cvs myhr employee sign in page, login there, and get to see his work schedules or his pay stubs. Once the members of the community come to appreciate how the high-end communication equipment is of help to them, they would become partners in securing the equipment. And once you have the entire community looking out for the high-end communication equipment, chances of the equipment getting lost or otherwise getting sabotaged would be very low indeed.

Supplying High-End Communication Equipment to Governments

One of the most lucrative businesses you can get involved in is that of supplying high-end communication equipment to governments. In today’s article, we will be explaining how you can get started in that particular business.

It is important to make a decision, right at the outset, about the specific type of high-end communication equipment you will be supplying to governments. Is it, for instance, radar equipment? Or is it military communication equipment? Is it surveillance feedback equipment? Is it police communication radio equipment? …You just have to make decisions on the specific type of high-end communication equipment you will be seeking to supply to governments.

The next step is to establish links with the manufacturers of the equipment you have in mind. The objective here would be to ensure that they can actually sell you the equipment, once you get an order from a government. Of course, if you have the financial muscle (and technical know-how), you can set up a plant to be manufacturing the equipment you will be supplying to governments. That is an even better business propositions: because you are likely to make more profits that way, and governments nowadays seem to prefer buying equipment directly from manufacturers as opposed to ‘brokers’.

The next step after this would be to get the people who are in charge of procurement in government departments to know that you supply high-end communication equipment. To this end, you may need to network with such individuals. It is also a good idea to set up some sort of website, where people seeking information about you and the communication equipment you supply can go. It need not be anything fancy: something as simple as the dgcustomer survey website will do.

Then, whenever a government floats a tender to buy the type of communication equipment you sell, you’d need to bid for the same.

It helps a great deal if you seek security clearances: because governments usually prefer to buy high-end communication equipment from companies/individuals that have security clearances.

Optimizing the Performance of High-End Communication Equipment

There are several things that you need to do, if you want to optimize the performance of high-end communication equipment.

Firstly, you need to ensure that the equipment is used for the right purpose. This is to say, in other words, that your high-end communication equipment won’t give you optimal performance if you are using it for a purpose it wasn’t designed for.

Secondly, you need to ensure that the equipment is (only) operated by qualified people. Such qualified people will/should know how to configure the equipment for optimal performance.

Thirdly, you need to ensure that the equipment is serviced on a regular basis. If the equipment is not serviced on a regular basis, it is likely to develop glitches that would in turn affect its performance. Taking the equipment off-duty for a day or two in order to have it serviced may seem like a lot of work. Yet it is nothing, compared to the difference it can make in terms of performance. In any event, if you keep on using your high-end communication equipment for too long without servicing it, there is a risk of it simply breaking down at some point. You’d then have to pay much more (and keep it off duty for much longer) in order to get it repaired.

It is also a good idea to maintain contact with the manufacturer of the equipment, so as to get regular tips on how to keep the equipment functioning in an optimal manner. You can have a routine of calling the equipment manufacturer after every few months, and updating him on any issues relating to the equipment you may have noted. Such phone calls shouldn’t be too expensive. For instance, if you are a Metro PCS user, chances are that you’d only notice a modest difference, when you venture to pay metropcs bill, on account of the equipment-related phone calls. Yet that extra amount payable at the metro pay bill portal would be nothing, compared to the tips you may get from the manufacturer on how to configure and keep your high-end communication equipment functioning in an optimal manner.

Designing High-end Communication Equipment

There are several things that you need to keep in mind, while designing high-end communication equipment. In today’s article, we will be highlighting some of those key things that you need to consider, while designing high-end communication equipment. The ultimate objective here is to ensure that the high-end communication equipment you design meets the targeted users’ expectations. Therefore, while designing high-end communication equipment, you need to:

  1. Ensure that the equipment is reasonably easy to install
  2. Ensure that the equipment is reasonably easy to operate
  3. Ensure that the equipment is easy to ship/move around
  4. Ensure that the equipment is easy to repair/service
  5. Ensure that the equipment is efficient at the intended role
  6. Ensure that the equipment is reasonably durable
  7. Ensure that the equipment you end up with is affordable

Given all these considerations, it becomes clear that designing high-end communication equipment is a challenging task. Yet it is also very rewarding. For one, if you are engaged as an engineer to design high-end communication equipment, you are likely to earn much more than what you’d have earned in other roles. For instance, you are certainly likely to earn more than what you’d have earned working for, say, Darden restaurants as a waiter or clerk – and having to go through the krowd darden sign in page to access your paychecks. Furthermore, you are likely to have more control over your work schedules, as opposed to what would have been the case if you were a waiter or clerk at Darden: in which case you’d have to sign in at the Darden restaurants login page, to find rather ‘rigid’ work schedules prepared for you by other people.

You therefore need to take the task of designing high-end communication equipment very seriously, knowing what the alternatives are. Of course, if you are passionate about engineering, you are likely to view it as more of an exciting (rather than daunting) challenge.

Translating High-End Communication Equipment Manuals

It is often necessary to translate high-end communication equipment user manuals. This is because the manuals are often in languages that the end users of the communication equipment can’t understand. For instance, nowadays it is not uncommon for high-end communication equipment to be imported from China. Accordingly, the user manuals for such equipment come in Chinese. Yet in many cases, the end users of the equipment are unable to comprehend Chinese instructions. Then it becomes necessary to have the manuals translated from Chinese, to languages that the end users can understand.

There are cases where it is viable to tell the vendors of the high-end communication equipment to translate the user manuals. But the challenge here is in the fact that you often end up with very low quality translation, if you take this route.

Another option that is open to you is that of hiring a professional translator, to do the translation for you. This could be a person who does translation on a part-time basis (and whose charges are likely to be affordable). You could, for instance, find someone who works at the US Postal Service – whose HR portal is liteblue.usps.gov but who also does translation on a part-time basis. Upon receiving the assignment from you, he is likely to go to the liteblue extranet login page, sign in there, and proceed to browse through his work schedule to find out when he is likely to be off-duty. Then that time, when he is off-duty, is when he would do the translation work. This option is only likely to work well if the user manuals you are seeking to translate are not too bulky.

If the user manuals for the communication equipment are too bulky, you may have no other option, but to outsource the work to a professional translation firm. Then the translation work would be handled by a team of  (hopefully) experienced translators, and completed in a timely manner.

Configuring High-End Mobile Communication Equipment

Having installed high-end mobile communication equipment, you will then need to configure it. It is only after configuring (and testing) the equipment that you can commission it for use by the targeted market. In configuring the high-end mobile communication equipment, you will need to:

Follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual

High end communication equipment usually comes with manuals. You need to go through the manuals with a toothcomb, before embarking on the configuration work. If a major blunder arises, and it is discovered that you hadn’t followed the manufacturer’s manual while configuring the equipment, you are likely to be held responsible.

Pay close attention to security issues

So the idea is to ensure that you don’t leave any loopholes or backdoors that can be exploited by saboteurs.

Configure with all possible eventualities in mind

Engineers are always advised to plan with all eventualities in mind. You need to configure the equipment in such a manner that it can cope, even when, for instance, unusually heavy demands are put on it. It should be able to cope with power outages, with adverse weather conditions… and so on. Even website engineers plan with all eventualities in mind. This is why, for instance, the PepsiCo employees’ website, at www.mypepsico.com is able to cope even at pay-times: when heavy demands are placed on it. At such pay-times, each and every PepsiCo employees is bound to visit the my pepsico view login page, with the intention of signing in and checking his paystub. If the site is not designed to cope with such occasional heavy demands, it can easily crash. And similarly, while configuring your high end mobile communication equipment, you need to think of all eventualities, and ensure that you make provisions for all eventualities.

Ensure that the configuration is done by well qualified individuals

The configuration is likely to go well if it is done by well qualified (and experienced) individuals. You therefore need to do whatever it takes, to ensure that the work is done by the right people – even if it means having to fly them in from somewhere else.

How to Ship High-End Communication Equipment

Often, high-end communication equipment has to be deployed far from where it was manufactured. It is not uncommon, for instance, for high-end communication equipment that was manufactured in Europe (say, in Germany), to end up being deployed in Asia (say, in India). This means that the equipment has to be shipped over a long distance.

Dismantling for shipment

Sometimes, the equipment has to be dismantled before it is shipped. So the equipment is dismantled to its smallest components. Then those are packed into a container, and shipped in that form. Then once the components get to the destination, they have to be to be reassembled. So there has to be someone who is knowledgeable about the assembly of the high-end communication equipment, to assemble the components once they get to the other end. But in most cases, the assembly of the components is actually not a very complex affair. Anyone with some sense can do it. Surely, if a fellow can go through, say, the Mygiftcardsitesign up process (after having received a gift card), there is absolutely no reason as to why it should be hard for him to assemble components that are well-labeled — and accompanied by assembly instructions. To the extent that the fellow has enough sense to know how to check Mygiftcardsitemastercard balance, he should be in a position to assemble these sorts of components. So what we are trying to say is that the assembly of the components – for most of the high-end equipment – tends to be a fairly straightforward affair. Anyone who knows how to read and follow instructions can do it. But there are, admittedly, cases where you encounter complex nuances. In such cases, you may find that you actually have to fly an engineer to the other end, to help the technicians on the other end assemble the dismantled equipment.

Shipping without dismantling

There are other cases where the high-end communication equipment can be shipped whole – that is, without being dismantled. This has an advantage, in that the equipment doesn’t have to be reassembled once it gets to the other end. It just has to be deployed. And there are potential savings here. For under the other model — where the equipment is dismantled before being shipped —  people have to be paid to dismantle it before shipment. Then, on the other end, people have to paid to reassemble it.

Packing into containers

If the choice is made to dismantle the high-end communication equipment and ship it in the form of components, then there are two further options. One option is that of packing the components into a shipping container, and transporting them in that way. The other option is that of transporting the components as loose (but well secured) cargo. The latter option applies if, even after being dismantled, the components can’t fit into a container:  meaning that they have to be transported as loose cargo.

How to Procure High-End Communication Equipment in Australia

There are three straightforward steps you need to follow, when seeking to procure high-end communication equipment in Australia. These are the steps to follow, whether you are looking for mobile telephony equipment, broadcasting equipment, internet connection equipment… or anything else along those lines. We will be focusing on the said three steps, in today’s article.

Needs assessment

In the first step, you undertake needs assessment, so as to have a clear idea on the type of equipment you need to buy. So you start by trying to work out what you need the equipment for: that is, the role you intend to deploy the equipment for. Then you try to figure out what the best specifications are. It sounds odd, but this exercise can actually be likened to shopping for a credit card. That is where you start by trying to figure out what sort of credit card is ideal for your needs. And that is where you could potentially end up settling for, say, the doubleyourline card – if your analysis reveals that you need a credit card with potential to raise your credit limit fast. Similarly, when shopping for high-end communication equipment, you need to carry out proper analysis. By the end of this step, you should have clear specifications of the type of communication equipment you are looking for.

Supplier identification

In the second step, you identify the potential suppliers from whom you can procure the desired communication equipment. So you get a list of potential suppliers. Then you assess the suppliers objectively, in order to ultimately settle on the best supplier to buy the equipment from. That may be the supplier who offers the best price. Or the one who offers the best quality equipment. Or the one who offers the best terms — with respect to warranties, after sales service, installation help… and so on.

Ordering for the equipment

Then in the third step, you make an order for the supply of the desired communication equipment.  Some communication equipment suppliers will demand that you make the entire payment upfront. Other communication equipment suppliers will demand a deposit, with the rest of the money being paid upon delivery. Either way, you can come to some sort of agreement with the communication equipment supplier. Then you wait for the equipment to be delivered — after which you can proceed to install it, test it and finally commission it.

Servicing High-End Communication Equipment

For high-end communication equipment to function properly, it needs to be serviced on a regular basis. You have three main options in terms of how you can get your high-end communication equipment serviced:

  1. By hiring an in-house team to be servicing the equipment: if the nature of your equipment is such that it requires regular servicing, you can hire an in-house team, to be carrying out the servicing work. This makes sense if, for instance, the nature of your equipment is such that it requires weekly servicing. This, by the way, is the approach used by most of the big organizations, not just for equipment servicing, but for other things as well. You go, for instance, to an institution like First Premier and you will find that, in all probability, they have an in-house team to manage their web-based resources. That is why, from time to time, you may visit one of their web pages: like, say, the First Premier Bank credit card login page, only to find it down: with a message to the effect that it is undergoing ‘routine maintenance’. In most of such cases, it is the in-house team, undertaking the servicing. Now you too can have a similar system for the maintenance of your high-end communication equipment.
  2. By awarding the equipment service contract an external firm: you may find that there are independent firms that specialize in servicing the type of equipment you have. So you can have a system where you contact one such firm whenever you need to have your communication equipment serviced. Sometimes this turns out to be the most cost-effective option — especially if the nature of your communication equipment is such that it only requires occasional servicing.
  3. By engaging the equipment manufacturers: if your communication equipment is too sophisticated, you may be forced to engage the manufacturers whenever you need to have it serviced. Oftentimes, the manufacturers turn out to be the only people who have the know-how to service certain types of (sophisticated) communication equipment. So you can have a long-term after sales service arrangement.