For decades, remote monitoring technology has made it easier for pipeline operators to monitor cathodic protection systems in pipelines that service remote or difficult-to-access locations. With advances in cellular technologies, these solutions have become faster and more reliable.

Over the next few years, however, cellular carriers will retire (or “sunset”) the 2G and 3G cellular networks to make way for more efficient technologies, such as LTE and 5G.

For industries that use these original networks to transmit data from remote monitoring equipment, this is a concern. Depending on your circumstances, this transition may render your equipment obsolete or require costly retrofits.

Good news for Mobiltex customers

Mobiltex has always worked closely with clients and industry partners to develop solutions that tightly align with business process requirements and raise the bar for asset management, employee safety, and operating efficiency. Future-proofing our technology is part of our commitment to our customers.

“At Mobiltex, our design philosophy separates the data acquisition and communication modules within our hardware,” says Marc Bracken, Mobiltex CEO. “This makes it very easy for us to upgrade our customers to the latest communications technology.”

Not only is the technology easy to install (customers simply replace the integrated transceiver/antenna), it is backed by superior customer service. “We aim to make this transition seamless for our customers,” says Bracken. “We want to ensure they feel prepared for this change, and confident that their networks will remain reliable when carriers phase out technology.”

Making the switch

Cathodic protection is critical for the health and safety of any pipeline network. Real-time data collection is crucial for making decisions about pipeline safety, and Mobiltex wants to ensure that customer monitoring data is being effectively transmitted.

Recognizing that an effective, reliable remote monitoring system is the only path forward, several major pipeline operators have recently made the switch to Mobiltex.

“Through our reliable equipment, our remarkable customer service, and our commitment to ensuring a future-ready technology, we are helping new customers adjust and prepare,” says Bracken. “With the right partner, embracing change doesn’t have to be scary.”

Concerned about making the transition to a new cellular technology? Contact Mobiltex to learn more about our cellular sunset program.