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An Interview with Joe Wargo, Alpha Omega Wireless
October 29, 2015
We have noted on multiple occasions before, as businesses and people have become more mobile, printing has evolved to keep up. We have spent a lot of time covering the printers and apps related to printing, however, we have not spent much time covering the underlying technology. Additionally, we have not said a lot about the deployment and use of wireless and mobile printing other than the fact that businesses do use it and have come to rely on it. To this end, we reached out via HARO to dig deeper and were able to connect with people deeply involved with the technology. In this first of two interviews, we turn to Mr. Joe Wargo, CEO and President of Alpha Omega Wireless an Austin, TX-based wireless network integration business. The interview was conducted via email and the transcript is below.
1) When was your company founded and why?
2) Who are your key employees and their backgrounds (including yourself)
Joe Wargo, CEO / President
At Alpha Omega Wireless, Joe is responsible for the business operations, customer relations, technical oversight, and manufacture relationships of the company. Joe’s job includes oversight of the company’s client base, establishing and maintaining the company’s products and services, and ensuring quality of service with the clients. Joe also acts as the Vice President of Business Operations for the company.
Frank J. McClory, COO / General Manager
At Alpha Omega Wireless, Frank is responsible for overseeing or assisting in all field services including path calculations, site surveys, installations, project management and quality assurance on all projects. Franks duties also include site evaluation, spectrum analysis, programming and repair of two way radio portable, control stations, remote control, console, mobile and repeater, microwave, paging, mobile data, supervisory control and data acquisition and In building amplification systems.
3) When looking at mobile/wireless printing options, what are the factors that you (and others should) consider?
Wireless networks are quick to deploy and can handle way more capacity of users and devices. Most all IP equipment (computers, printers, scanners, phones, etc.) are Wi-Fi enabled. Instead of needing a single data cable drop per devices you can add hundreds of devices per Wi-Fi access point. A traditional hard-wired line drop can run on average $150 a drop. A single Wi-Fi access point can cost under $500 and can take place of 100+ wired drops.
Most organizations are moving forward with purchasing mobile devices, like laptops, and tablets. There are a lot of advantages to mobile devices such as the ability for employees to work anywhere or get together for collaboration. In our case our employees travel a lot and need laptops to do their job. In our office we don’t have any assigned offices or desks. Employees sit wherever they wish but still need the ability to print documents and reports. This is only possible in a wireless environment. We have gone as far as enabling over the Internet printing (being able to send to our office printer a document over the Internet from another location).
Having a Wi-Fi standard printer(s) allows every Wi-Fi enabled device to print directly to the printer. This saves a lot of money on IT infrastructure costs. With the newer Microsoft operating systems, Droid, and Apple IOS and MAC OS devices connecting to a printer is simple and quick. Gone are the days of having to do elaborate printer software installations. The key thing to look for is a wireless printer that is compatible with IOS and ’Droid devices natively.
4) When you set up your wireless networks for clients, does the need for some type of printing generally come up? Does your company advise them on the types of options available?
5) Can you provide the types of wireless printers you are currently using for yourselves?
6) What kinds of security protocols do you have in place on your networks to ensure clients information is protected?
7) When you contract with companies to provide wireless solutions, does printing or cloud access still come up on a regular basis?
8) Where do you see your company and the wireless industry going in the next 5-10 years? Will we continue to see more standardization and collegiality (e.g. Mopria Alliance for mobile printing)?