The 2G Sunset: A Good Thing?

  • November 11, 2015
  • Gregory J. Hill
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Most machine to machine (M2M) communication is still hosted on 2G cellular networks. As you might know, 2G networks are shutting down and carriers are re-using the radio spectrum for faster 4G networks.

And this is a good thing for anyone who has an M2M or SCADA deployment.

As regulatory and policy requirements change, the security architecture of 2G (and even 3G) networks is simply not enough. 4G, on the other hand, is designed and built with security in mind. If you are in a vertical such as energy, utilities, water, wastewater, oil and gas, you should already be thinking about 4G from the security standpoint alone.

As important as security is, it’s not the only benefit of 4G. The high bandwidth and low latency of 4G power a new generation of smart devices at the edge of the network. Applications running on these devices can act on real-time data, making decisions without the need to involve legacy central control systems. That makes operations far more efficient and predictable.

These smart devices, connected to the cloud and powered by intelligent applications, represent a technology convergence that is driving previously unimagined solutions. From smart grids to pipeline monitoring, these new devices are moving the decision-making process from legacy central operations centers to the very edge of the network, increasing efficiency along the way.

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