Fleet management technology is critical to ensuring that shipments get from Point A to Point B efficiently and safely. Fleet mobility solutions are considered essential for the transportation and logistics industry as they encompass everything from telematics, hours of service, navigation, and more.
Why Should the Transportation Industry be Concerned About the 3G Shutdown?
Contemporary mobility solutions for the transportation industry were built for 3G networks. But, the 3G network is about to go offline. The following 12 months will see the shutdown of major network providers such as Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T’s 3G service. The window of opportunity is closing to replace existing devices with new ones, get them into the fleet, and make them operational before 3G networks go down.
While 3G has been pushed aside by 4G, over 10% of fleets still rely on it for telematics. That might be a problem since the networks are being phased out. Once the 3G sunset takes place, communication devices utilizing the old network will not function. As a result, those who aren’t already using 4G must make adjustments right away.
Are They Ready for the 3G Sunset?
Even though the 3G sunset is almost here, many fleets still haven’t made the switch. This could be due to several reasons, including delaying purchases because it’s expensive, technological challenges, and the fear that the current provider will charge a higher price once they convert.
Fleet managers should be aware of the risks to their fleet when 3G networks are shut down. Their fleet’s telematics units will lose connection with cell phone networks. This could lead to lost data and a severe impact on customer engagement, which would have adverse consequences for business operations and company reputation.
If your transport or supply chain company in Los Angeles needs help with migration from 3G to 4G, you should get in touch with Integrated Communications.
The Challenges in Migration from 3G to 4G and Beyond
Choosing the Right Provider
To maximize ROI, fleets must identify providers in the market that offer the technology at an affordable price. They should begin the search from their current provider because it would be easier to work with them due to the ongoing relationship.
The market research on providers helps companies identify which offerings will fit well within their operations, allowing them to enhance their operations using advanced technology.
The Upgrade Process
The upgrade or migration process can be pretty complex and effort-intensive. The following are the three primary steps:
- The fleet manager will need to take an inventory of all of the 3G devices being used on each vehicle in the fleet. The magnitude of effort will depend on how large the fleet is and how many 3G devices are in circulation.
- The IT and operation teams will have to research the available devices, choose appropriate devices, and plan installation. Installation may require taking the vehicles out of operation for installation.
- Finally, there may be a need for change management due to the commissioning of the new devices. All relevant personnel, such as drivers, IT staff, etc., should be on the same page.
Integrated Communications has been the leading mobility solutions provider for transportation, distribution, and field service companies in Los Angeles, CA, and other locations across America for almost two decades.