End of 3G technology in alarm systems on April 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department is advising that alarm systems using 3G cell phones will no longer be operational beginning Friday.

“The alarm will still go off, but a notification to the alarm monitoring company will not go through and the alarm company will not know it has been set off,” KCFD said in a press release.

From April 1, alarms will be affected due to the expiration of 3G technology. Any systems that have already been updated will not be affected.

“Businesses and property managers whose systems have not been upgraded should use firewalls to monitor their systems until they upgrade them,” the Deputy Fire Chief and Marshal said. James Dean fires in the release. “It is imperative, in the name of public safety, that they upgrade their systems as soon as possible.”

KCFD advises anyone with questions to contact their respective alarm company.

The push to phase out 3G technology began in January, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have announced plans to shut down 3G networks as early as late February and no later than July 1, 2022. Other carriers have also considered shutting down these networks.

The FCC explains that eliminating 3G technology is a solution to “make room for more advanced network services, including 5G”.

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