By: Ron Walters
There is probably no issue that has caused more confusion in our industry than the 2G Sunset by cellular radio carriers. On the other hand, there is probably no other issue in the history of the industry that provides as much opportunity.
Ambivalence or procrastination that exists over 2G can be scary for anyone in the security industry. Certainly, those that belong to industry trade associations are being provided ample opportunities to become informed, but what about the smaller companies with no industry affiliation? From everything I have heard, we can expect very little, if any notice of the due date.
It is unfortunate that some companies will likely not meet the deadline, and ultimately, many customers will be left without service. If you are using contract monitoring, you should be asking what their solution is and how it will impact you and your customers; and you should do this immediately!
This conversion will provide the entire industry a unique opportunity to meet with your legacy customers and to upgrade systems that were installed many years ago. A very high percentage of our equipment has features that may not have been programmed at the time of installation. When used, these features are very effective in reducing false dispatches.
Stay tuned to this blog in the coming weeks, as we outline business opportunities for security companies as part of the 2G Sunset.
(Ron Walters has worked at SIAC for over 10 years, and writes regularly for state and national newsletters on security-related issues.)