Remote mobile access : Wherever a wireless network is available, employees connect 1 hour and 45 minutes more every day, which contributes to improving productivity by 22% (source: NOP World). In other words, mobile access provides greater flexibility, better uptake, and therefore improved efficiency. Remote mobile users in a business, such as sales reps, managers and consultants, are also users of laptop PCs or PDAs. These remote mobile users spend 70% of their time outside the office. Wi-Fi allows them to remain connected during meetings, at a branch, on a train or with a customer. According to IDC, there are 75 million remote mobile users in Western Europe. A Forrester study shows that 38% of businesses have at least 20 guests connected to their network every month and 11% have at least 200. Without the appropriate tools, the cost of managing each of these guests is around 20 to 30€.
Security : the security risks for individuals and information within a business have increased dramatically, because of the generalised use of networks (wireless and wired), combined with remote mobile access of individuals. Up to now, security focused on the risks from the outside. Authenticating users, defining their rights and checking that they are complying with these, as well as maintaining traceability (Law on Financial Security, SOX, LCT 2006, etc.) of activities conducted on the company's internal network, have also become critical activities.