With sundown of 3G networks, tech suppliers focus on migration

In the United States, an expected 7.5 million Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets interface vehicles and drivers to their armadas through 3G cell systems, as indicated by innovation inquire about firm Gartner. The quantity of 3G gadgets in administration will decrease quickly throughout the following year or two. With the sun setting on 3G, numerous armadas will look crush the rest of the life out of interests in maturing equipment, however for to what extent? By and large, telematics and IoT gadgets sold in 2018 forward utilize 4G LTE modems. For organizations that utilization more established gadgets, the 3G arrange inclusion they have depended on for basic driver and vehicle status data may begin to fall apart. Verizon has officially reported designs to close down its 3G administration after 2019 and AT&T as of late said it expects a 3G shutoff to be finished by 2022. With that in mind, Verizon quit tolerating new 3G-CDMA memberships to its system after June 30, 2018, and AT&T blocked new 3G-GSM actuations beginning this year. Moving systems Imprint Eisenberg, CEO of Orbcomm, trusts the sunsetting of 3G will impactsly affect innovation providers, contrasting the business atmosphere with “tossing your chips in the center and circulating them once more.” The relocation of 3G to 4G will probably make new champs and washouts in the market. Orbcomm’s benefit following and checking frameworks have satellite and cell availability, contingent upon its client needs. One zone where the organization has seen significant interest for its most recent 4G and satellite contributions is from transporters of temperature-delicate cargo.
“This is the year of the reefer container,” he says, and notes that Orbcomm is in the process of closing deals to deploy its technology on an additional 300,000 to 400,000 reefer containers.
Interviews with major telematics suppliers discovered that companies are offering discounts and incentives to their customers to migrate to 4G.
“We didn’t want to force any migration in the U.S. or Canada,” says Ray Greer, chief executive officer of Omnitracs. Greer says the company no longer ships 3G devices. It discontinued that practice starting this year with its IVG platform that is 4G LTE-enabled.
John Binder, director of wireless operations for Trimble, says that fleets will continue to migrate from 3G to 4G beyond the cutoff dates given by Verizon, AT&T and others. After these dates the networks will no longer guarantee the quality of their 3G service. The 3G network is like a major interstate, he says, and the cutoff dates are when the Department of Transportation will no longer maintain the road. The road will still be usable but eventually it will become unnavigable.
Trimble Transportation Mobility, formerly PeopleNet, has about 250,000 devices in the field that have some exposure to sunsetting CDMA and GSM networks, he says. Trimble has a multi-network operator architecture that enables its devices to select and use any CDMA or GSM carrier that is available.
For more than two years, Trimble has been offering 4G LTE platforms — the PeopleNet Mobile Gateway (PMG) and PeopleNet Connected Gateway (PCG). For customers that use its older 3G devices, Trimble has internal reporting that gives it visibility to the 3G networks its customers are using and their service levels, he says. With this reporting, Trimble provides customers with information about any degradation in 3G service they may have experienced or can expect to experience, particularly with Verizon since its sunset date comes first. “We feel a deep responsibility to be completely open and transparent as to what is occurring,” Binder says. For instance, some areas may have a reduction in overlapping 3G cell sites, which may constrict their communications to one channel.
“We have knowledge that this much has already occurred on the (3G) networks,” he says. “The coverage looks the same, but the ability to carry traffic at a high level of service diminishes over time.”
While many fleets will continue to use 3G devices for a couple more years, “the minute they feel some impact they will want to upgrade,” he says.