Cellular Vs. Satellite: Evaluating Your Fleet’s Options

Cellular vs. Satellite

Just as there are a number of telematics providers for fleet managers to choose from, there are options for how the collected data should be transmitted. Is it best to go with a cellular provider, such as Verizon, or is satellite-based hardware the better choice?

If you’re like most Fleet Managers, you’re not interested in spending your days studying up on the pros and cons of cellular vs. satellite technology. Just like with your cell phone or your satellite TV, you just want it to work when you turn it on.

The good news for Fleet Managers is that a lot of progress can be made by asking two important questions.

Here are two questions to ask when debating
cellular vs. satellite telematics hardware:

Question 1) Is equipment operating in areas with poor cell coverage?

Verizon Coverage Map

If work locations are in well-known areas and the cellular signal is questionable or weak from one provider, you may still get reliable cell coverage with a different cellular network provider.

Most Cellular providers publish their coverage maps online and although they are not 100% reliable, they can often provide a starting place to know if the coverage from one provider will be sufficient for your company’s needs.

Question 2) Is Satellite the better answer for our communications needs?

If the answer to the first question is “yes” and cellular coverage from all other potential providers is weak, satellite may be your best bet.

Satellite-based hardware can work beautifully in areas where cell coverage is poor. Satellite technology is especially effective when companies determine that location and runtime is all that is required to vastly improve the preventative maintenance levels on equipment. This data is frequently a high priority with fleet equipment owners.

With location and accumulated run time, you will have enough data that service technicians can be directed to the location of the asset when, based on total run time, it needs PMs or other hands-on attention.

Pricing for satellite data has come down considerably and can eliminate concerns about coverage for companies that operate equipment in remote areas.

Need Help?

Need help in evaluating the choice between cell and satellite technology for your fleet? Get in touch and speak with one of our knowledgeable sales reps. They can help you consider your needs, show you the pros and cons, and give you an idea of the costs associated with each.

Get in touch and speak with one of our knowledgeable sales reps. They can help you consider your needs, show you the pros and cons, and give you an idea of the costs associated with each.

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