GPS tracking: Bringing you into the next generation
When new technology comes out many people race to be the first in line. Why? People crave having the best of the best! Simply put, having the best technology is what our society has come to rely on. This is precisely why AT&T has decided to shut down their 2G networks in favor of opening up bandwidth for the better networks. As things keep “moving on up” we have to keep moving with them to keep from getting left behind. Thus, GPS tracking will soon be only operational using the 3G network. In part one we talked about 2 reasons you should consider upgrading to the new network. Today, we’re going to list 2 more compelling reasons for you to weigh on your mind.
1.) Better Connectivity And Coverage: Who likes waiting 5 to 10 minutes for an alert to come through that should have been there in 5 seconds? We surely don’t! Do you like loosing connection when you’re driving in the middle of nowhere? Of course you don’t. With the 3G GPS tracking network, the good thing is that when a client has you driving to a remote location you know your tracking is still going to work. Furthermore, those alerts will come through when they’re as they should.
2.) It’s An Enhanced Live System: If you’re still using 2G network you may have noticed an increase in connection problems and you won’t even get a signal to let you know that you’ve lost connection. How do you know where your drivers have been if the GPS tracking can’t function properly due to poor connection? It’s possible you just won’t have 2G coverage in many areas at this point. To avoid these complications, 3G network has more accurate mileage reporting and accurate in and out of service notices.
We know it’s still not going to be easy for everyone to understand why this change had to happen, thus; if you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!
If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: 2G shutdown in 2 months, 6 days
The days are ticking by as the countdown brings us closer to the final days of the 2G GPS tracking network. In fact, as of right now there are only 67 days left before AT&T completely shuts down all of their 2G networks. It has been stated that they may decide to shut down some networks prior to the final countdown date of December 31, 2016. For example it’s possible that fleets using the 1900 MHz and 850 MHz service may be shut down early. This is just a fair warning to all of our US Fleet Tracking customers to get your upgrades sooner rather than later.
We certainly don’t want anyone feeling left “in the dark” or having to revert back to the ways before GPS tracking. AT&T explains that the newer, 3G advanced networks allow for GPS tracking to offer great features like real-time streaming and driver dash cameras for fleet trucks. These enhancements would not be possible on the 2G network. In case you’re not certain whether migrating to a faster, higher-capacity network is efficient, here’s some information for you to weigh.
The network created for 2G technologies allocates a special code to each user so as to communicate over a multiplex physical channel. The transmission of data isn’t always secure when weather conditions or other disturbances interrupt the signals. The 3G network can support 5 major radio technologies making it more comfortable to work with. Not only are downloading speeds faster, but with 3G GPS tracking users have quicker access to instant data.
We truly believe that the speed differences alone are worth the difference it can make for your fleet business. For example, with older devices it’s possible that Geofence alerts wouldn’t have made it to you in a quick fashion due to the failing 2G network. With the 3G network, security is increased as it takes mere seconds to transfer the alert data through the system.
If you have questions about upgrading please feel free to contact US Fleet Tracking. More information about the countdown can be found here.
To view our list of upgraded GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS trackers: Upgrade before 2G shutdown
When you think about why technology changes so quickly it would most likely stem from the fact that humans have become more integrated with technology. The more integrated we become, the more we expect to be able to have increased communication and to be able to perform more efficient tasks. This is, no doubt, the reason why AT&T has made the decision to shut down 2G networks in an effort to ramp up their newer networks and enable more customers to have a better experience. As a result, our GPS trackers will also be operating only on the newer 3G network.
We can imagine that the news to shut down 2G network completely came as a shock to some business owners. For this reason our team, at US Fleet Tracking, is available to make this transition as smooth as possible. If you still have 2G network devices, the following upgrade offers for GPS trackers with 3G network are currently in existence:
- Upgrade to any of our 3G GPS trackers and get $100 off per device.
- Upgrade for FREE to any of our 3G GPS trackers with a 2 year agreement.
For more details about these offers, please click here.
Should you choose to not upgrade, your devices will be deactivated when AT&T discontinues service for bands of 2G networks. At that time, you will no longer be charged for service on those GPS trackers.
We are on standby to help you transition if need be. If you need direct assistance with upgrading your fleet from the 2G network to the 3G network our team would be happy to help you either by email, chat, or telephone. Simply contact technical support or your sales representative.
If you would like to view our selection of 3G GPS trackers, please click here.
GPS tracker: Communicating with the system
As you may have heard or read about in our previous shout outs, AT&T has announced plans to shut down all 2G networks. AT&T is doing this in an effort to keep up with the growing demand for quicker, mobile broadband data. This impacts the world of GPS tracker devices in that if they are still operating on the 2G network they may stop functioning any time between now and December 31, 2016. After the shutdown of the AT&T 2G network, your device will no longer be able to communicate with our system. Many businesses have already made the switch in order to ensure that their services are not interrupted. Others question if the installation of 3G GPS tracker devices is worth it.
Here’s why having the most up-to-date technology would be beneficial for you:
The 2G network has slowed down to the point that consumers often have to wait minutes for important data to stream though. It’s an understatement to say that every second counts for a fleet company! That’s why it’s great to have the 3G network that will allow alerts to come through in seconds. GPS tracker units functioning at their best yields quicker results for things like downloading reports and receiving alerts.
Luckily, the installation process for 3G GPS tracker devices is, in most cases, the same process as those that previously had the 2G network. For most GPS tracker users, it’s as simple as disconnecting the old devices and connecting the new ones in the same location, using the same wires. If there are questions about installing new devices, our technical support is available to make this transition as simple as possible. To learn more about this transitioning process or to contact US Fleet Tracking, please click here.
To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Upgrading to the next level
The reality is that technological advances have been happening quite rapidly over the years. People used to be amazed by their children making mud pies in the backyard for fun, but now they see them connecting wirelessly via the internet for entertainment. Likewise, business owners who used to rely on manual forms of operation have succumbed to the efficient ways of GPS tracking. These devices, too, have changed over the years, but in the last 10 years users of the 2G network have been quite fortunate to have received service from the same GPS tracking devices. We’ve talked about 3G network before in order to help you with upgrading to the next level, but this time we’re mentioning it, because the 2G network will soon be disappearing for good.
The previous posts talking about upgrading to the 3G network were merely suggestive to ensure faster speeds and better connectivity for your GPS tracking devices. Today, it’s important to note that 2G network will no longer exist by December 31, 2016. Our staff, at US Fleet Tracking, wants to stress to our customers that the decision to do away with the 2G network was not our own. The carrier company, AT&T, has made the decision to shut down all 2G networks in an effort to free up valuable spectrum and provide increased speed and capacity using more adequate cellular technologies.
US Fleet Tracking is committed to providing technical support in this time of transition. The serial numbers of all customer devices are gathered and by entering in your information the system can tell you which specific devices are 2G and should be upgraded before the AT&T 2G shutdown date. If you are a US Fleet Tracking customer and you aren’t certain as to whether your device is 2G or 3G, then you may enter your serial number by clicking here.
If you’d like to see our selection of new 3G GPS tracking devices, please click here.
GPS tracking: Easy mileage tracking
By now you have probably heard about all the wonderful way that GPS tracking has helped other fleet businesses. Are you wondering if tracking mileage really is as simple as it seems with GPS tracking? The short answer is, yes! For more of an explanatory answer, stick around for a few more minutes to read through this article. What makes GPS tracking so helpful in regards to monitoring mileage is that the software offers automated reporting options, eliminating the need for manual logging.
The way this works is that with tracking software you get a live map using a 3G network to receive the quickest updates possible. If you have your business vehicles out on the road regularly there is most likely a lot of distance they travel between jobs. The tracking system will automatically record all the data while your employees are driving. This information will be stored for up to 90 days, including how many miles were driven.
Many managers have already decided that tracking mileage is important, but they may still be using old fashioned methods. If you aren’t monitoring your mileage at all, then you should understand that tracking mileage is vital for saving on fuel costs. Luckily, GPS tracking makes it possible for dispatchers to plan out the most effective, shortest routes in order to help fleets decrease mileage and save on fuel costs.
As GPS tracking technology improves there are more opportunities for fleet managers to organize their business routines more efficiently to make daily activities run more smoothly and help employees to work more productively. GPS tracking is a perfect way to take control of costs associated with high mileage. Having GPS tracking is also an additional level of security for your business vehicles. Get ready to maintain effective routing with GPS tracking!
To view our GPS Tracking selection, please click here.
GPS tracker: Newest technology
By this time most people are used to hearing about how smartphones have 4G networks and it may seem confusing to some consumers as to why the GPS tracker mentions the 3G connectivity being the newest technology. The simple answer is that these applications are different. Right now 3G connectivity offers the best speed of data transmission in a device. Are you still using the 2G network? Is it worth the upgrade? Let’s take a closer look at what 3G connectivity offers you that 2G doesn’t.
The GPS tracker with only 2G connectivity allows you to receive less than 50,000 bits. Take a GPS tracker with 3G network for comparison and you’d notice the speed is over 4 million bits per second. Thus, if your fleet business is still using old technology then you’re missing millions of data per second! Every second is worth it to a business trying to be efficient, make customers happy, keep costs low and make the bottom line increase.
Not only is having the best GPS tracker system important for business productivity, but having the fastest data can be helpful for protecting your vehicles in other ways. For example, Geofence alerts can be set to send alerts to management if a vehicle is moved without authorization. This can prevent vehicles from theft.The question is, would you rather get the alert transferred within seconds thanks to a 3G network or have to wait minutes or have network interruptions only to never even receive the alert thanks to an outdated 2G network?
With 3G connectivity you’ll have access to reports in a short time frame. Doing so will let you be that much quicker at tackling tasks like vehicles maintenance and reading full details of driver analytics. Get the newest technology and stay connected.
To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.