How to buy in-vehicle LTE routers

In-vehicle LTE routers support a range of connectivity services in the field, but there are many types, so what factors should you consider when you are looking to buy? James Atkinson reports

The advent of cellular 4G LTE networks has transformed in-vehicle mobile connectivity. The installation of 4G cellular routers in vehicles not only provides the occupants with 4G voice services, local area Wi-Fi and multiple networks, but also access to data from the internet and centralised back-office systems.

4G routers extend the edge of enterprise networks to anywhere there is adequate cellular signal coverage. Emergency services, utility, freight haulage and bus companies can track and manage their staff, assets and devices in the field more effectively by knowing exactly where they are in real time.

Broadband connectivity enables the deployment of on-board CCTV for added security, and body-worn cameras, which can stream video back to control rooms. Haulage companies can see if anyone attempts to open the back doors of a lorry, while smart IoT sensors can remotely monitor temperatures.

LTE routers can also be integrated with vehicle telemetry and fault diagnostic systems, enabling data on component monitoring and alerts, fuel usage patterns and driver behaviour to be sent from the field in real time. Early warning of faults that might keep the vehicle off the road can be prevented.

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