End devices

What is an end device?

An end device initiates or receives communications across a private mobile network (PMN). There are thousands of end devices. Following are a few examples:

  • Computers
  • Smartphones
  • Printers
  • Handheld RFID or barcode readers
  • Security cameras
  • Video cameras
  • Point-of-sale devices
  • Robots
  • Internet of things (IoT) devices

What do end
devices do?

In a PMN, end devices are the functional ends of the network. They take human communications, digitize them and send them into the network and to another destination. Since any device connected to a PMN requires a SIM card to interact with the network, communications sent through PMNs are highly secure. An enterprise can deploy a PMN on a permanent or temporary basis.

    What benefits does a PMN offer for end device users?

    For example, a school decides to connect students to the internet through school-issued end device computers. Building architecture or wall and window material may block cellular signals from penetrating the building, resulting in dead zones. Wi-Fi has a limited range and, at peak times, becomes overloaded and slow. A PMN is cellular technology, not Wi-Fi, and transmits a strong signal throughout the building and beyond.

    In the case of a weekend festival, the PMN becomes a temporary network for point-of-sale transactions. In a disaster zone where regular communications are unavailable, a tactical backpack PMN connects various end devices so emergency workers can communicate among themselves and out to the world.

      End device members

      Athonet Consortium_BEC Technologies

      BEC Technologies is a leading developer and manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G wireless broadband networking solutions for mobile operators, residential, enterprise, and industrial markets.

      Athonet Consortium_Blinq

      BLiNQ Networks is a pioneer manufacturer of CBRS-ready fixed wireless hardware, building the technology to provide essential internet connectivity all over the world.

      Athonet Consortium_Digi

      Digi International is a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions.

      Athonet_Consortium_Multitech

      MultiTech makes work and life better by leveraging sensor and connectivity technology to bring systems and processes into the future and drive new revenue streams and efficiencies.