The Installation Of 2G Vs. 3G GPS Tracker Devices

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.

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Why Businesses Should Use A 3G GPS Tracker

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.

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