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How the changing cellular landscape effects cold chain monitoring

Tech Stage

February 9, 2018

10:00 - 11:00

Hall 8.1

Many of the major cellular carriers like AT&T, Vodaphone, Verizon, and T-Mobile are in the process of updating their global networks with new technology to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands of consumer mobile devices. As a result, the global 2G turn-down has begun, with some areas experiencing up to a 60% drop in connectivity due to reduced coverage and increased traffic. Further, the 3G turn-down is not far off, and is even projected to be completed before 2G. Users of cellular-based monitoring systems should ensure that the solutions they currently employ are maintained in stride.

While the major carriers gear up, new communications systems designed for IoT, tracking, and remote applications are rolling out. New low-power, wide area network (LPWAN) radio technologies are becoming available for supply chain monitoring. Growers, transporters, and retailers will want to understand these options and which fit their applications best.