Don’t get fooled by “5G” stickers on some modems that have been hitting the market. ISOs and IADs interested in future proofing their ATMs hear “5G” and assume it is the latest and greatest technology. The unfortunate truth is that these "5G" modems are hiding a big secret: under the hood, they operate at 2G speeds over the existing 4G LTE network.
What does the 3G Sunset Mean for IADs with Wireless ATMs?
The 3G sunset is on its way. If the 3G network in your area was shut down tomorrow would your ATM fleet be ready? Is your business prepared to upgrade its fleet? Now is the time to start upgrading your wireless ATM modems before it's too late.
The ATM Restart pays for itself plus nearly 6 years of wireless data within the first year. Unlike RMS, the ATM Restart can remotely reboot an ATM even if its operating system is frozen. In one-year, the savings achieved by having an ATM Restart and Hercules wireless modem covers the cost of both pieces of hardware plus six-years of wireless data.
Early in 2018 Darryl and Kristy Staal, owner/operators of Kida ATM Services, were the victims of an ATM smash and grab. Located in Thunder Bay Ontario, Darryl and Kristy manage over 100 ATMs. During the incident, thieves smashed out a window to gain entry to the building, then ripped the ATM out, causing a lot of collateral damage in the process. The theft was caught on camera, however police were unable to recover the ATM or catch those responsible, resulting in a total loss.
In late October of 2018 there were reports circulating about at least one ATM being compromised in California using a black box installed in the topper. While DPL's modems were not involved in the incident(s), we engaged both ATMIA and NAC to gather more information about these incidents.
DPL has secured a CDMA extension until December 31st, 2022, on behalf of our customers! (includes both Verizon 3G and 2G)
A Brief History
In May of 2014, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) revised its security guidelines for servers supporting unclassified yet sensitive US security information (thanks Edward Snowden). The update stated that by the beginning of 2015 these servers should be configured to support TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 and that they should no longer support TLS 1.0, SSL 2.0 or SSL 3.0.
In April of 2016 AT&T announced plans for a nation wide shutdown of its 2G networks by December 31, 2016 so it could support its HSPA 3G and LTE-based services. With Verizon also announcing plans to shut down their 2G networks by December 31, 2019 the 2G shutdown is also being referred to as the “2G Sunset”.
Like a lot of us, you’re probably confused about the differences between 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE wireless ATM Modems. And if you’ve ever researched the subject online, there is a good chance you’re even more confused now - or asleep in front of your computer… WAKE UP!