Installation Services Leader Guides Fleet Customers through 3G Network Sunsets

Noblesville, IN – Orbital Installation Technologies is a leading provider of mobile installation services for fleet technologies, including GPS Tracking systems, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD), trailer and asset tracking systems, video telematics and dashcams, mobile Wi-Fi and routers, lane departure and collision avoidance warning systems, and many other fleet productivity and safety solutions. Throughout 2022, the major cellular carriers are shutting down their 3G networks; affecting tens of thousands of onboard systems that will lose connectivity and cease to function. Throughout the U.S., Orbital has been working diligently with fleets of all sizes to upgrade their onboard systems to beat the 3G network deadlines.

For over 15 years, telematics solutions providers and fleets alike have trusted Orbital Installation Technologies to manage their in-field technology deployments. When the 3G cellular network sunsets became a reality, Orbital’s partners and customers believed that Orbital had the experience, flexibility, and infrastructure to manage the steady stream of equipment upgrades and the issues that would eventually ensue. Ryan Scharnowske, Orbital COO relates that “upgrade scenarios have ranged from well-planned rollouts scheduled over the course of several months, to last-minute scrambles. Then the pandemic and supply chain disruptions hit and added a whole new level of unpredictability.”

It is widely known throughout the industry that suppliers, and in turn, fleet customers waited months for the new equipment, which included ELDs, GPS fleet tracking systems, and trailer tracking systems. As the cellular network shutdown deadlines approached, this resulted in significant bottlenecks when it came time to schedule field deployments for the equipment upgrades. For reference, equipment upgrade projects cover the spectrum of the fleet industry from the owner-operator level to small and medium-sized businesses at local and regional levels, to multi-state, multi-site enterprise-level deployments. Total deployment size can range from a few devices to several thousand units per project. Regardless of project size, vehicle and asset availability is key to any successful deployment. Scharnowske adds, “Orbitals partners and customers relied on their scheduling flexibility, their installation coordination, and project management capabilities, and their team of experienced installers and field supervisors located nationwide, to get projects booked and get those fleet vehicles and assets back in business.”

Project visibility for deployment stakeholders, which typically include the telematics solutions provider, the fleet deployment customer, and occasionally other parties like a systems integrator, is essential for a successful deployment. Visibility takes on critical importance when deployment schedules are tight and a cellular network shutdown is looming, putting fleets at risk of losing connectivity to vital vehicle and field information generated by onboard systems. Orbital understands this important aspect of project management and offers a custom project analytics program designed to present user-defined project data in real-time. Scharnowske concludes, “Orbital delivers installation project data and insights that matter the most to their deployment stakeholders.” Whether you need Fleet GPS, Tracking, Camera, or ELD Installation Services, Orbital installation is the company to go to for getting connected.

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