2022 is the year 3G officially dies as many cellular providers across North America have started to shut down the service. In the US, Verizon, and AT&T are all planning to stop the service by the end of 2022. Canadian providers are following suit with plans to end service by 2025.
What does this mean for your business?
The closure of the 3G network means that any device that uses 3G to communicate will no longer work as expected. This includes security systems, tablets, smartphones, and medical and safety devices. As a result, lone worker safety providers that provide dedicated 3G hardware safety devices will potentially leave their clients at risk and vulnerable. Their existing customers may require a major capital asset overhaul to avoid having to pause existing safety programs.
Does this affect SolusGuard?
SolusGuard’s wearable panic button is not a dedicated cellular device. It pairs to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and relies on your existing cellular connection. This means that a regular cell phone data connection is all that is required for it to work. As long as the mobile device is compatible with the network, you’re good to go!
As an added benefit, having your hardware connect to the app means you can also access our satellite extender. This service relays info from the app to satellites, allowing employees in remote locations, anywhere on earth, to have access to the same safety support workers get when they are a bit closer to home.
How can SolusGuard Help?
As always, it’s important to plan ahead when it comes to swapping old technology for new. This is a good time to take inventory of your safety program and start planning for the future. Our team is happy to work with you and your business to help you understand what needs to be done to update the tools you rely on for enhancing workplace safety.
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