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Avoid a Failure to Communicate…Wireless Monitoring Technology Update

Avoid a Failure to Communicate…Wireless Monitoring Technology Update

Posted December 1st, 2021 by Fire & Life Safety America

Farewell POTS and Hello Wireless

Today, copper telephone lines that support POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) have become an aging infrastructure. If your fire and/or security monitoring services currently rely on this antiquated technology, the time has come to change. Phone carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and others are no longer required to install or maintain existing POTS lines.

Using the cellular network, your fire alarm system reports emergencies and gets you the first response and help you need quickly. Because of recent phone company network changeovers, bandwidth harvesting, and 3G and CDMA sunsets, many of today’s systems need upgrading to ensure it keeps on working reliably, and performing its critical job such as safeguarding life, employees, clients and property in any emergency.

What does it mean to sunset something?

Sunsetting, in a business context, is intentionally phasing something out or terminating it. The 3G sunset is the phrase mobile network operators and carriers use in reference to the switch from 3G and CDMA network technology to 4G and 5G network technology, essentially shutting down cellular infrastructure required to operate 3G communication devices.

When will the 3G sunset take effect?

Carriers have established different timelines for the sunsetting of their 3G networks. The planned sunset dates from the three major carriers are:

  • AT&T:  February 2022
  • Verizon: January 2023
  • T-Mobile: Reportedly sometime in 2022 (TBD)

Please note that two of the above carriers have already discontinued new activations for 3G devices.

The Good News

Now here is the good news… the switch to a more reliable and cost-effective service for monitoring is easy to install and program. FLSA will keep your premises, property, business, staff, & customers safe with round the-clock professional monitoring and faster emergency response for your fire alarm, using today’s latest LTE cellular technology. StarLink Fire Universal Wireless Alarm Communicators will connect your business to the proper authorities seamlessly. We use today’s largest, multi-billion dollar cyber-protected cellular/IP LTE networks. NAPCO’s Starlink Verizon Communicators will remain fully operational through the Verizon CDMA sunset date of December 31, 2022.

FLSA is a proven leader in assisting companies in making the successful transition from POTS to wireless technology painless including the long-term savings that are achieved by removing existing phone lines and reducing unnecessary costs. Make the switch today before it is too late!