Comcast Launches MachineQ; Plans to Trial LoRa IoT Network

Comcast Launches MachineQ; Plans to Trial LoRa IoT Network Image Credit: GE Digital

Comcast, Wednesday announced machineQ, a new business trial venture focused on building business-to-business solutions and a platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).

As a part of machineQ, Comcast will work with select commercial partners in proof of concepts to use its network to enable partners to gather, transmit, and analyze data from connected devices distributed throughout their organizations.

Comcast said it will use Semtech Corporation’s LoRa® Wireless Radio Frequency Technology to deploy network trials in Philadelphia and San Francisco later this year. These trials will focus on enabling use cases such as utility metering, environmental monitoring (e.g., temperature, pollution, noise), and asset tracking through LoRa Technology-enabled devices and network services. 

If the initial trials are successful, Comcast intends to commercially deploy LoRaWAN networks and LoRa-related services across its markets, with the goal of completing commercial deployments within the next 18 to 30 months.

Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast Cable
Technologies such as LoRa are setting the stage for the era of connected devices, and we think our network potentially has a role to play in connecting the millions of internet-enabled devices deployed within enterprises.

Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s President and Chief Executive Officer
The decision by Comcast to complement its existing infrastructure with LoRa Technology will enable connected devices, servers and software components to communicate seamlessly and securely on its new LoRaWAN-based IoT platform. Semtech is committed to working with Comcast to make LPWAN networks broadly available in the United States.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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