The ability to track trucks and semi trailers using GPS (Global Positioning System) technology is essential to efficient and effective operations and fleet management. Using telematics to monitor when and where rigs are traveling can help you reduce fuel usage, complete more jobs in a given time period and provide better customer service, to mention just a few of the advantages.
Many trucks and semi trailers today are equipped with tracking systems that use the 3G (third-generation) networks of the major wireless network carriers, or even their 2G offerings in some cases. Those networks have worked well for transportation companies-and companies that handle their own transportation needs-for years.
However, new technology is now available that's more "spectrally efficient," meaning that it delivers more data per hertz than older systems. Newer generation systems also have lower latency or lag times. In short, 4G moves more data faster than 3G, and the same is true with 5G as compared to 4G. Because of these advances, wireless providers are in the process of phasing out their 2G and 3G networks.
That's a "good news, bad news" scenario. The good news is that GPS tracking will be even faster and more effective when it leverages the new technology. The bad news is that 3G system users that don't transition to the new technology will find their GPS tracking no longer functions after their 3G network's "sunset" or shutdown.
It's important to note that while a particular carrier may say when their 3G network will be discontinued, it's possible that their 3G service will be inconsistent before that date. This is because many carriers have "roaming agreements" that let them use the towers of other carriers at times. If those other carriers have discontinued 3G, service may be unavailable in certain areas.
The bottom line: You should make the transition away from 3G as soon as possible.
7 Steps for Making the Move to New GPS Tracking Technology
Moving to a faster version of your preferred carrier's wireless network-or a new network-is easy when you follow these seven steps:
Staying on the Cutting Edge of Semi Trailer GPS Tracking Technology
At Boxwheel, we understand how important GPS tracking is to effective fleet management. We also know that the technology available for this purpose is constantly evolving.
That's why we stay informed about changes in the transportation industry and upgrade the technology in our rented semi trailers and leased semi trailers-whether they're used for storage, cartage or over-the-road purposes-as soon as new systems have been launched and are proven to work as intended in real-world scenarios.
If you rent or lease a semi trailer of any kind from us-dry van trailer, refrigerated trailer, flatbed trailer, etc.-you can be confident that it has all the technology you need.
Learn More About Boxwheel's Approach to the 3G Sunset
How has Boxwheel prepared for the 3G sunset? We're happy to talk with you about our process. Interested in learning about our inventory of flatbeds, dry van trailers, liftgate trailers and refrigerated trailers for rent or lease? We'd love to talk with you about that, as well. Contact us whenever it's convenient for you.
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