Benjamin Franklin’s telemetry advice for 2021


If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. At this time last year, when many of us were charting our 2020 goals, budgets, and projects, who could have accurately forecast the events that were to come? Many of our plans, both professional and personal, were so suddenly upended. 2020 has been a great proof of Benjamin Franklin’s famous words, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Now, as we each finalise our plans for 2020, there is another change on the horizon – the impending 3G network shutdown in the US. 2021 will be the last chance for gas distributors with 3G telemetry systems to retrofit or replace these units before they begin to go offline in early 2022. Tens of thousands of telemetry units will need to be replaced all across the country next year.

This can seem like a far-off problem and something to think about months from now. However, it pays to remember Benjamin Franklin’s words. If the pandemic had struck midway through 2021 instead of early 2020, would you have been able to adapt to the pandemic and replace a large part of your telemetry fleet at the same time? Hopefully we won’t see any events like the pandemic next year, but no one has a crystal ball. That is why it is best whenever possible to make a plan and take action today.

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