The end of 2G networks for fleet tracking


The end of 2G networks for fleet tracking

Source: FleetAnswers For fleets that were using 2G network, this year marked a change that required them to take action. Here's a rundown on what those changes have meant for the fleet industry, and a look at the future of fleet tracking in light of these changes.

  • The Last Remaining 2G Networks Heading Towards Full Retirement  

AT&T has officially retired its 2G network. Verizon's 2G CDMA network is being phased out by 2021. Those companies that were relying on AT&T's 2G GSM devices no longer have network service. The AT&T shutdown is not sudden nor is it unexpected. The company has been gradually shutting down its 2G network to push companies towards the faster options. At the end of last year, the shutdown was complete.

This change primarily affected fleet owners and fleet managers who were using older vehicle tracking devices. Most companies that would be affected were aware of the changes as their providers provided them with warnings about the coming changes. While AT&T is leading the charge, some companies are hanging on to their 2G networks a little longer. While it would be possible for fleet tracking companies to simply switch to one of these smaller 2G providers, the speed and upgrades available with the modern, faster networks must be considered.

Most companies are recommending their fleet customers switch to an upgraded device that runs on one of the faster networks. Since most of the major carriers consider the 2G network to be obsolete and are following AT&T in taking steps to shut it down, making the switch now will help companies stay relevant.

  • New Devices Have Upgraded Features Beyond Speed

If you're vehicle tracking system is no longer valid due to these changes, then it's time to start looking for something new. The good news for those who need to make an upgrade is that the newer fleet tracking systems come with upgraded services. 

Today's systems are more accurate, provide data in real-time and have more software components to help track, organize and utilize the data that the systems collect. With these additional features and benefits combined with the changes in the industry, making the switch is logical. 

  • Looking at the Future of Fleet Tracking

Now that the 2G network is being phased out and fleet managers are switching to 3G and 4G platforms, what does the future hold for the fleet tracking industry?

Automation is going to be a key feature of upcoming fleet tracking systems. Not only will they collect data, but they will automatically transmit and analyze that data as needed. Automatically tracking driving logs is another feature that is being implemented in the modern tracking system. This particular feature is increasingly important as the electronic logbook mandate goes into effect. 

Finally, the fleet tracking system of the future is going to be better at finding relevant data and delivering that data quickly so fleet managers nod drivers can make fast and effective solutions.

The 2G network is heading the way of the dinosaur. Those fleet managers who are ready for the transition will be positioned to make the most out of their fleet tracking systems in the future. Those who are not will be left to scramble as they seek a system that is still relevant.


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