Network Sunset Update

The 3G Network Sunset Update – What’s the Delay?

Over the past few days, we have been seeing references to new targets for retiring the 3G networks, and a “fatal flaw” discovered in the 5G network testing going on in quite a few cities. One might assume that the delays in retiring 3G are related to the delay in full-scale deployment of 5G due to this “fatal flaw”.

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Is There Really a Fatal Flaw?

Legacy Research Group posted an article last year that indicates the 5G signals are strong when you are outside or near an antenna, but that even a simple pane of glass can break up the signal when you go inside. This may have been a ploy to sell stock in a small company they say has all the answers, so we looked further.

Another post, a transcription of a podcast on IEEE.org refers to the flaw as the “5G energy gap”. This post seems to indicate that we need to substantially improve energy grid efficiency for 5G to do all that we are expecting it to do. Frankly, the explanations given are well over this writer’s technical understanding, but the fact that so many are writing about it indicates there are some issues still to be resolved.

When Will it Really Happen?

According to Android Authority, your 3G Verizon phone will stop working at the end of 2022. Android Headlines confirms that and also indicates AT&T is targeting the end of 2022 as well. The only network provided update we were able to find was from the news center on Verizon.com and it also confirms the 3G network sunset for the end of next year.

3G Network Sunset Resources

Planning for the 3G sunset now still gets you ahead of the game. We have resources available to help you to prepare, and upgrade programs in place to mitigate the financial impact. We even have a special limited free device promo for new customers that are transitioning from another GPS provider, so be sure to share this with friends and business associates that are using other platforms, and complete the form below to be qualified for the promotion.

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MyGeotab Release 2102

That’s right, it is time to preview MyGeotab Release 2102!

MyGeotab Release 2102 is packed so full of useful updates and design changes, we are preparing to make new training videos to keep up. Users that have turned on feature preview will be somewhat familiar with some of what is coming. To those who have not this post may feel a little like Christmas morning.

New MyGeotab Design

The design team has been working overtime to simplify the user experience to maximize functionality while encouraging exploration. With MyGeotab Release 2101 the new look will be applied by default. One of my favorites has been the redesigned Vehicle & Assets list. Choose your columns, place them in the order that works best for you, and hide what you do not need to see.

Updated MyGeotab Reports

Not only have the current 60+ existing reports been updated with more contemporary versions, but 17 brand new reports have been added as well. Check out the old design vs new.

These are the new reports you will want to look for.
  • Active engine faults
  • Idling violations
  • Average fuel economy
  • Speeding violations
  • Max speed
  • Asset utilization
  • ELD unidentified driver logs
  • ELD unverified logs
  • Unrepaired defects
  • Aggressive driving
  • Possible collisions
  • Driver safety scorecard
  • Seat belt violations
  • Fleet distance trend
  • Fleet utilization
  • ELD diagnostics and malfunctions
  • HOS violation breakdown
 

Clustered Mapping

Another feature coming out of Feature Preview is the Clustered Map. For large fleets, this is extremely useful.

Analytics Lab Now Installed by Default

We are just wrapping up a series of posts on the Analytics Lab and have shared several of the current experiments available to you. In MyGeotab release 2102, the Analytics Lab will be installed by default for users with the appropriate access credentials.

Dashboard Wizard is Brand New in Feature Preview

New customers will love this tool for setting up their system based on the pillar they want to focus on. Using a 3 step process, choose your pillar, select your reports, and choose the audience for those reports. The wizard will apply the appropriate rules. Current users looking to change their area of focus can apply the wizard as well. Once set up you can still change the parameters on specific rules or add custom reports to address other issues.

Live Map Advanced View

Also new in feature preview is an advanced view for viewing asset details like temperature, and fuel level on the map.

Terminology changes in MyGeotab Release 2102

To better reflect that not all fleets using the Geotab platform are primarily cars and trucks, and to prepare for connecting to more types of assets as technology marches on, some changes to terminology are coming in this release. In the main menu, and elsewhere throughout the application, Vehicles will now be Vehicles & Assets. In compliance-related features such as HOS reports, the term vehicle will continue to be used. Also, DVIR has been renamed Asset Inspection.

Device Replacement Messages

Two new tools have been added to the Vehicles & Assets list. One will alert you when a device upgrade is needed due to the coming 3G network sunset, and the other can be used to notify us when you are ready to order them.

And if that is not enough

Big Changes to Engine Data and Maintenance in MyGeotab Release 2102

Currency support has been added to Maintenance Reminders, and you can even select a regional currency on the options page. If you frequently cross borders, the application also supports multi-currency conversions. This currency support has been carried through to include the cost in maintenance reporting.

Also new in Maintenance, Next Week and Next Month have been added to the date picker options, and bulk import of maintenance records from .csv and .xlsx file formats are supported. Even more, you will now also be able to select regional units of measure in Engine Measurements, and future release plans for regional units of measure across the application.

Engine Faults Has A New Look & Feel

With more filter options to choose from and a clean new look, the engine faults report will make more sense to more people – not just the mechanic.

  • Compact table layout.
  • Ability to view/hide columns.
  • Filter options for source (vehicle or telematics) and/or protocol.
  • Total number of times a fault was logged.
  • View options for Fault Code, Description, Current Status and more.

There is truly much more, but this ought to be enough to whet your appetite for what is coming in MyGeotab Release 2102.

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The API Explorer Experiment in Analytics Lab

Special thanks to Darryl Arnold for assisting with this post.

API Explorer In The Analytics Lab

The next experiment we will review in the Analytics Lab is the API Explorer. If development is outside the scope of what you do, you may want to share this blog post with your developers to show them how they can leverage a great tool. Here is a link to “How to download and install Analytics Lab” in your Geotab database. After installing Analytics Lab, go to the API Explorer experiment and click to try it.

Taking Advantage of the API Explorer

If you are looking for new ways to integrate and evaluate your fleet data, this tool can save you time by using pre-defined queries and API calls. A catalog of Beta APIs is available for accessing and viewing response outputs. Multiple languages are supported.

Current use cases include contextual risk index, nearby fuel stations, nearby rest areas, fuel benchmarking, new zones, and collision events. Using the Leave Feedback button delivers your comments, likes, dislikes, and use case suggestions directly to the Geotab development team.

Access Data from Other Analytics Lab Experiments

When you select a Beta API from the list, a brief description appears below it. As you can see, some of the available selections are tied to other Analytics Lab experiments such as Intelligent Zoning and Fuel Economy Benchmarking.

Practical application of the API Explorer

The API Explorer provides developers with a tool for testing queries and calls prior to writing code. The ability to test multiple approaches to a call in real-time prior to coding can save numerous development hours. For report developers, the API Explorer provides the ability to quickly obtain results on a one-time call or query.

What’s next?

If you enjoyed the API Explorer experiment, our next and final Analytics Lab post (for now) is on the Collision Detection experiment. As new experiments are added we will be sure to share them with you as well.

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3G Network Sunset

The 3G Network Sunset is Underway

To make room for 4G and 5G technology offering faster speeds and enhanced features, the 3G networks are being phased out. All of the pandemic and election drama we experienced in 2020 took our attention away from the coming transition, but technology marches on, with us or without us. Now is the time to be making plans for upgrading your 3G systems.

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When Will it Happen?

It is hard to identify a definitive drop dead date for 3G because network upgrades get done in phases. Depending on where you are it could come a little sooner, or a little later, but the 3G sunset is definitely coming. Early adoption of 4G and 5G products will give you access to the faster speeds and enhanced capabilities, while waiting until the last minute could leave you without services.

For example, Verizon originally planned for 3G CDMA devices to sunset by the end of 2020, but later delayed the shut down by a year, now . Still, in some areas like East Texas, the 3G CDMA network is no longer viable. Additionally, an internal document acquired by Android Police indicates that T-Mobile has an aggressive timeline in place that will affect some 3G devices on their network starting early this year. After researching the subject, we found that the general consensus is by early next year, you definitely need to have 4G or 5G systems in place.

3G Verizon will stop working at the end of 2022 – Android Authority

3G AT&T will stop working by February of 2022

3G Network Sunset Resources

Planning for the 3G sunset now gets you ahead of the game. We have resources available to help you to prepare, and upgrade programs in place to mitigate the financial impact. We even have a special limited free device promo for new customers that are transitioning from another GPS provider, so be sure to share this with friends and business associates that are using other platforms.

PC Magazine – “AT&T Apologizes for Alarming Email About 3G Network Shutdown”

Phones Down, Eyes Up Benefit Concert

The Phones Down, Eyes Up Campaign

Phones Down, Eyes Up was initiated in honor of Brandon Walli. Sadly, Brandon lost his life at the age of 23 while crossing the road in 2016. It was thought that he had been texting and walking at the time. Brandon’s father, Tom Walli, and Geotab are hosting this free concert and informational event to shed light on managing device distraction in everyday life.

Phones Down Eyes Up Virtual Concert

It’s a Global Event

At this year’s Phones Down, Eyes Up Benefit Concert, Geotab is switching things up by going virtual. Viewers from around the world will join together for a fun-filled evening with musical performances made by Geotab’s employees. The virtual concert will help to continue Geotab’s efforts to raise awareness surrounding the dangers of distracted driving and the responsibility we all have in helping to reduce traffic and pedestrian-related accidents.
Join viewers from around the world and enjoy live music while supporting a great cause!. The virtual concert will continue the company’s efforts to raise awareness surrounding the dangers of distracted driving and the responsibility we all have in helping to reduce traffic and pedestrian-related accidents.

For every person that watches the virtual benefit concert, Geotab will donate $5 to Brake, a registered charity with various global initiatives that strive to promote road safety, sustainable transport, and supporting victims of road crashes.

We hope to “see” you at the Phones Down, Eyes Up global virtual concert!