What are the consequences for your trailer lock if 2G disappears?
Telecom providers have started to phase out the 2G and 3G networks. This has consequences for the operation of various machine-to-machine applications, such as electronic trailer locks, on-board computers, navigation systems and alarm systems. Older systems in particular have a 2G modem and will no longer work after the network is discontinued. So make sure you replace the modem of your trailer lock in time.
The 2G network stops
2G is the second generation mobile communication. The 2G network is also known as GSM. 2G is suitable for calling, short text messages (SMS) and for some devices (Internet of Things). This technology is now quite outdated. To make room for the 4G and 5G networks, many telecom companies are going to turn off the 2G network. T-mobile will stop on 1 June 2021, Vodafone on 1 January 2022 and KPN in April 2025. Switzerland stopped the 2G network at the beginning of this year and other European countries have also already announced that they will be switching off their 2G networks in the near future.
What does this mean for you?
Some of our electric trailer locks receive information via a 2G modem. If the 2G network is taken off-air, these locks will no longer work. We automatically equip new electronic trailer locks with a suitable modem. But if you have been using an SBS trailer lock for some time, the modem may need to be replaced. Do you not know what kind of modem is in your trailer lock? Or do you want to have your trailer lock fitted with a new modem? Then please contact us. Our specialists will be happy to help you.
TAPA TSR 2020 certification
In July 2020, TAPA introduced the new TSR 2020 standard. This standard stipulates, among other things, that your track and trace systems must have at least a 3G modem. So if you want to (re)certify for TAPA TSR, you must meet these requirements in any case. For more information, read the article: TAPA TSR certification according to 2020 standards.