3G tracking is already here
The process of shutting down the global 2G networks has already begun. The 2nd generation base stations of mobile operators in Canada, the USA and Australia were turned off by the end of 2016. More and more countries are expected to follow suit in 2017 and 2018. In a nutshell, the entire world of mobile communication will be affected by this move. As far as the M2M market is concerned, millions of M2M devices will require upgrading or may have to be replaced completely. What about the GPS tracking businesses? Are they prepared to migrate from 2G to 3G and what will be their future?
2G Cancellation by Mobile Network Operators
There are two reasons why mobile network carriers are in favor of reframing the spectrum for providing more efficient 3G and 4G services. The first benefit is for the customers. They can enjoy greater coverage, reliability and amazing speeds when they are using 3G+ networks. Businesses i.e. wireless service providers also find this transition incredibly useful. The network is enhanced with the shutdown of 2G networks, which means fewer networks to support, reduced operating costs and the ability of offering more lucrative and faster services.
However, it is a fact that there is a cost associated with each success. There are upgrade equipment costs that have to be borne by everyone including M2M network providers, mobile network carriers and customers. No one can progress without paying for it. Mobile operators are fully aware that the transition can be painful so they spend the time making information campaigns and advertisements. In countries where they have already started the transition, customers are being informed in advance so they are mentally prepared to deal with the upcoming expenses. This can be a huge benefit for M2M business.
Obviously, mobile carriers are in competition with each other. For instance, after the 2G network shutdown, the M2M customers of AT&T were picked up by T-Mobile. The carrier has promised them to extend the 2G network life till 2020. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be long before customers and businesses will have to change the equipment as the transition to the next ‘G’ becomes apparent.
How 3G can Benefit the GPS Tracking Niche
3G works faster than 2G. But, how can this help with GPS tracking? GPS tracking devices send regular data like vehicle speed, GPS coordinates and even the telemetry of the vehicle such as OBD2 data, which is not more than a couple hundred bytes per second. Here, there is no demand for a broadband connection, but there are some potential advantages listed below:
Video Streaming: Some fleet tracking applications have used image capturing for years such as passenger or taxi transportation. Pictures of passengers are taken by cameras and uploaded to a GPS tracking server when some event occurs like the door opens or according to a schedule. But, high resolution images couldn’t be taken with 2G. With 3G, even real time video or video recordings can be sent. Device Firmware Upgrade: It takes 5 minutes for 2G to download new firmware. This process is shortened and quickened with 3G.
GPS trackers brands, which already sell 3G devices:
ATrack, Teltonika, Ulbotech, GoSafe, Queclink, Xirgo etc. All of these GPS tracking devices are compatible with GPSWOX software. If you need more info about 3G trackers, feel free to contact us.
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