Comcast today announced plans to expand MachineQ, its enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) service to 12 major U.S. markets, including Detroit. MachineQ is the network service platform that uses Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology to build and deploy solutions for businesses and municipal organizations.
As part of the MachineQ service, Comcast is working with its commercial partners to enable businesses and cities to gather, transmit, and analyze data regarding the operation of connected devices distributed throughout their locations. The service is also rolling out in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
“We believe that Comcast has a unique opportunity to leverage our existing network assets and Semtech’s LoRa technology, to fuel IoT innovation with disruptive new business models and smarter cities,” says Alex Khorram, general manager of MachineQ. “We’ve seen excitement about a Comcast solution that is opening a whole new world of use cases that were previously not commercially viable due to the cost of connectivity and end devices, limited battery life, and inability to get coverage.”
Using MachineQ, organizations are enabled to use data collected from their IoT devices, learn from it, and make better informed, data-driven decisions to improve customer service. Comcast first announced the service in Oct. 2016, with trials in San Francisco and Philadelphia.
MachineQ is currently being utilized by the healthcare, public utilities, automotive, smart cities, and waste management industries. More information can be found here.