We live in a world where technology is constantly evolving. Most of the time this is a good thing, but sometimes it can also be hard to keep up. At Sonitrol, we’re here to make sure you are always running the most up-to-date security system for your business, and that means helping you phase out 3G alarm systems.
What is the 3G Sunset?
In short, the 3G sunset is the continental decrease in the use of 3G technology. Major wireless carriers all over the country have begun deploying new technology to accommodate growing demands for greater bandwidth, speed and efficiency. To make room for this next-generation tech, carriers will shut down their existing 3G networks by replacing towers and equipment with ones built for 4G and 5G technology.
Figuratively, the sun is setting on 3G network, and they are expected to be phased out entirely by the end of 2022.
What does the 3G Sunset mean for alarm systems?
The 3G sunset actually has quite a large impact on physical security, with over 10 million U.S. commercial and residential security systems relying on the 3G network. These systems use 3G communicators to transmit fire and burglar alarm signals to a monitoring station.
Systems on the 3G network may trigger locally, but central stations will not be alerted, leaving businesses unprotected as these networks are shut down. Even if your system offers dual-path communications, losing one of your communication paths is a critical issue. Your system may communicate via a phone line or the internet. However, you still leave yourself vulnerable if one of those systems fails. If your landline goes down or you lose power, your system will no longer transmit signals.
Experiencing alarm system failure is dangerous for many reasons, and it’s better to update your system now before someone gets hurt or your business suffers loss or damage.
Sonitrol is here to help
Anyone using a 3G communicator will have to update their technology to make sure their systems can still send signals to their monitoring stations. Our team at Sonitrol is prepared to update your alarm system and ensure your alarm system is using the latest technology. We want to help keep you safe.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Let us keep your system going so you can rest easy knowing your business is safe. Schedule a security assessment today.