It didn’t take long for mobile devices to make their way into the enterprise. 59% of businesses now support employee-owned smartphones in various ways, with 94% of Fortune 500 companies rolling out or testing iPads. For many companies, the iPad has proven to be a useful business tool that is both easy to manage and promotes productivity. However, many companies have found that more iPads in the workplace can mean a large amount of data consumption. If not monitored closely, organizations may experience an increase in overage charges when employees exceed their plan allotments. Eating into one’s data plan can easily happen if your access to Wi-Fi isn’t reliable and you’ve got to depend on a cellular connection—particularly when working remotely away from your home or office. Companies have noticed iPad users exceeding cellular data plan usage. Why? As it turns out, many iPad cases can cause a cellular signal to become very weak because they inadvertently trip a “proximity sensor” that’s present in all Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads.

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This diagram from an FCC filing indicates the location of the iPad's proximity sensor.[/caption] A proximity sensor is a sensor able to detect the presence of nearby objects without any physical contact. It can emit an electromagnetic field or a beam of electromagnetic radiation (infrared, for instance), and looks for changes in the field or return signal. In order to meet FCC safety requirements for radiation exposure, Apple had to build a proximity sensor into every Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad that activates when the iPad senses that it is next to the body. Because an iPad can't differentiate between the human body and a typical iPad case, if an iPad is in a standard case, the sensor is tripped and the device's cellular signal strength is reduced by as much as 90%. alara's new iPad Case is the first and only case on the market designed to let the iPad work the way Apple intended it to. The patented alara design won't set off the iPad's proximity sensor and will optimize both cellular and Wi-Fi signals, while still protecting the user from radiation exposure. Compared to other leading brands, the alara iPad case’s 9.8X better reception can provide up to 5X faster Wi-Fi downloads, 4X faster uploads, and 2.6X greater range.  And for cellular connections, the alara iPad case delivers up to 10X cellular signal strength and 3X range over any other case.

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At the same time, alara iPad cases have been proven in certified laboratories to reduce exposure to cellular radiation (SAR) by up to 90% below international safety limits, and to reduce Wi-Fi radiation exposure by up to 72%. By designing an iPad case that enhances the performance of a device while protecting users from radiation, alara cases present a unique opportunity to optimize signal strength and to increase Wi-Fi reception, which can mean less spent on data plans. If you want your iPad to work the way Apple intended it to, and you want to get the most out of your telecommunications dollar, alara's new iPad Case is the only case you should ever put on your device.