Recognizing the importance of preparing for the upcoming 3G sunset, Velociti Inc. will work to implement the technology upgrades necessary for Navajo Express to maintain its fleet efficiency during the transition from 3G to 4G.
“3G technology sunsetting is a big deal,” said Velociti President and COO Deryk Powell. “It’s real, it’s happening now, and companies should develop a transition plan now.”
Denver-based Navajo Express, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is one of the many trucking companies that rely on 3G cellular-based devices. These devices, including in-cab communications and tracking systems, will soon face a disruption as the 3G networks on which they are based are phased out and replaced by 4G and 5G networks. The new networks are better able to handle the exponential growth in the use of wireless devices.
“Kudos to Navajo for understanding the critical importance of making the 4G transition, especially at a time when trucking capacity is the tightest it’s ever been and as global supply chain disruptions continue,” Powell said. “Now is the time to plan a fast and smooth transition to a network that is faster, more efficient, and better able to handle the exponential growth in the use of wireless devices; I appreciate Navajo valuing Velociti’s ability to scale for rapid deployment.”
Navajo Express, a carrier that specializes in refrigerated shipping solutions, provides long-haul and dedicated transportation services with a fleet of about 1,000 tractors and 2,500 trailers.
“Velociti will both manage and install the technology required by 4G and 5G networks, assuring that Navajo maintains its well-deserved reputation for stellar transportation services,” Powell commented.
By the end of the year, Velociti will replace Navajo’s ORBCOMM 3G devices with 4G onboard systems, a transition planned to make sure Navajo remains in compliance with mandated hours-of-service regulations.
“We have a lot of equipment to transition and with Velociti’s ability to expedite our technology installations, we can eliminate service interruptions for our drivers and customers,” said Kristen Rogne, manager of analytics at Navajo Express. “With trucks all over the U.S. every day, we realized the value in paying more for expedited service to get the technology transition done faster."
“At Navajo, drivers are customer No. 1, so it’s all about keeping them moving,” Rogne added. “With Velociti, we’re not affecting drivers or deliveries for customers or losing revenue. Their comprehensive service streamlines the process, and gets the work done correctly and as quickly as possible. It is great to have Velociti’s support.”