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Our B2B IoT Trial Expands to Chicago
Alex Khorram, General Manager, machineQ
In early October, we announced “machineQ™”, a new business trial venture focused on building business-to-business solutions and a platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). We began our trials in our hometown of Philadelphia and the tech hub of San Francisco, recruiting commercial partners interested in working with us to leverage our network assets to gather, transmit and analyze data from connected devices within their organizations. Comcast is using Semtech Corporation’s (NASDAQ: SMTC) globally-proven LoRa® Wireless Radio Frequency Technology to deploy network trials.
Since launching the trial venture, we’ve been contacted by organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with a wide variety of use cases, such as infrastructure monitoring and providing predictive maintenance for in-home appliances. While we are still in the early stages of our efforts, we’re excited about the initial interest, and are looking forward to developing proof of concepts and field trials of the machineQ service.
With that in mind, we’re also excited to announce that today we’re expanding our trials to another market where we have a significant network presence and dynamic commercial customer base – Chicago. We think we have the network and the expertise to make a meaningful contribution to businesses looking to take advantage of this exciting IoT wave. Starting today, businesses in Chicago interested in deploying IoT solutions within their organizations should visit machineQ.com and contact us.
Carrier Connected Device Summit
On November 16th machineQ and Orange Silicon Valley co-hosted our first Carrier Connected Device Summit in San Francisco. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how hardware, software, and a new generation of wireless networks can be combined to create compelling IoT products and services.
For more information about the event, click here.
Alex Khorram, General Manager, machineQ
Our enterprise Internet of Things venture, machineQ, is making great progress in Philadelphia, and we now have deployed a LoRaWAN network that provides extensive coverage throughout the greater metropolitan area. That means today, in the City of Philadelphia and throughout the broader metropolitan area, we have comprehensive IoT coverage that enables devices to transmit data that informs decisions that could make big impacts on the success of a business or community.
With this network in place, we’re working on number of exciting projects. We’re developing innovative solutions ranging from monitoring public infrastructure, to enabling predictive maintenance on consumer appliances, just to name a few. And, interest has come from organizations spanning a wide range of industries, like Healthcare, Public Utilities, Automotive, and Consumer Electronics.
We've also made some friends along the way. We've partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to stand up a competition within their tech incubator, the Pennovation Center, designed to stimulate development of IoT tech. Along those same lines, we are collaborating with France’s largest mobile operator Orange on joint developer efforts in the US, like our recent Connected Device Summit held in San Francisco.
There is a lot of buzz about IoT in Philly, and the machineQ team is hiring and working with more device and application partners to meet the demand. We’ve learned a lot about the mechanics of deploying an IoT network across a major metropolitan area, and continue to partner with smart men and women who see the potential that IoT can have on their businesses. And, we’re also having a little fun collaborating with smart people at the Pennovation Center and Orange.
If you’re interested in learning more, we’d love to hear from you. Visit www.machineQ.com and drop us a line.
Comcast NBCU Pennovation Challenge
Alex Khorram, General Manager, machineQ
The Comcast Innovation Challenge launched last November in partnership with Penn at the Pennovation Center. Read more about the Comcast and Penn partnership here: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/Penn-Comcast.html
Comcast is seeking 5 to 7 teams of up to 5 people to invent and create innovative solutions for the Internet of Things (IOT) on the machineQ™ platform. The challenge is open to all local entrepreneurs, students and faculty from all local universities.
On October 5th, 2016 Comcast announced machineQTM, a new business trial venture focused on business-to-business solutions and a platform for the Internet of Things. (http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-launches-enterprise-internet-of-things-trial-venture). Initial trial markets will cover the large metropolitan areas in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The attached presentation contains more information about the machineQ platform.
Comcast is invested in finding solutions that enable partners to gather, transmit and analyze data from and to control connected devices with the goal of creating innovative solutions and applications. Key opportunity areas include:
- Venue/Facility Management
- Smart Cities/Infrastructure
- Smart Agriculture
- Connected Laboratories
- Amusement Parks
Benefits for teams:
Comcast will provide development kits and gateways to accepted teams of up to 5 people along with coaching and technical assistance/office hours during the development process. All teams will get the opportunity to pitch to key Executives and Investors at a Demo Day.
Two winning teams will receive:
- 1st Prize: $3k plus 6 month memberships to the Pennovation Center to further develop ideas into start ups
- 2nd Prize: $1.5k plus 6 month memberships to the Pennovation Center to further develop ideas into start ups
- BOTH teams win: Automatic acceptance into Penn’s I-Corps program which provides training on customer discovery and business plan creation
To apply please go to the following link and submit your application by February 6th:
LoRa Alliance's 8th All Members Meeting
Comcast Joins LoRa Alliance™ as Sponsor Member; Hosts Next All-Members Meeting and Showcases Citywide LoRaWAN™ Network Deployment
Meeting to Feature Smart City Summit, Open House and Hackathon
PHILADELPHIA – April 20, 2017 — The LoRa Alliance™, the global association of over 400 companies backing the LoRaWAN™ standard for low-power wide-area IoT (Internet of Things) networks (LPWANs), today announced that Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has formally joined the Alliance as a Sponsor member, and will join the Board of Directors. Additionally, Comcast will host the Alliance’s 8th All-Members Meeting, Open House and Marketplace Exhibition from June 12-14, 2017, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
“Comcast’s successful citywide deployment in Philadelphia exemplifies the power of standardizing LPWANs to fully realize the worldwide potential of IoT technology,” said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. “Comcast’s decision to become a Sponsor member is a strong endorsement of LoRaWAN technology. Though it only formalized its membership last month, Comcast is already stepping up to help drive the Alliance because it believes in the value of collaborating to further the LoRaWAN protocol’s global success.”
The type of global collaboration offered by the LoRa Alliance was one of the key reasons Comcast joined. The company announced its selection of LoRaWAN technology for its machineQ™ enterprise, low-power IoT network in October 2016. Taking a leadership role in the Alliance will allow the company to collaborate more effectively with other members, and provides Comcast with greater access to a broad range of ecosystem providers.
“As we continue to deploy the LoRaWAN protocol in the United States, the core technology is exceeding our expectations in terms of network propagation and coverage. We are seeing increasing demand and interest from a diverse client set,” said Alex Khorram, general manager, machineQ. “It’s exciting to commence our formal membership with the Alliance by bringing its respected global membership to the city of Philadelphia. We believe there is significant value in driving international collaboration and growth opportunities for LoRaWAN technology.”
The first two days of the 8th Annual All-Members Meeting are open to current members and will focus on ongoing collaboration to advance the LoRaWAN protocol’s capabilities and push the boundaries of IoT innovation, including committee, working group and board meetings, as well as “marketplace” demonstrations by member companies.
On the third day, the event will open its doors to the community, prospective members, invited guests and journalists for an Open House and Smart City Summit. The Summit will begin with a keynote by Philadelphia municipal leaders, followed by presentations and panels from a wide range of experts involved in smart city trends, technology developments and deployments around the world.
Finally, Comcast is actively organizing a smart-city themed hackathon designed to bring local startups, independent developers and universities together to explore the capabilities of LoRaWAN technology and its vast potential for enabling Smart City initiatives. The winning application concepts derived from the hackathon will be presented at the close of the Smart City Summit.
Participation and Contact Information
For those interested in joining the LoRa Alliance or attending this June event as a prospective member, please visit the membership page for more information. For member event registration and information, please visit the events page.
For media who need more information or would like to attend this event, please contact Eric Lawson at 480-276-9572 or email@example.com.
About LoRa Alliance
The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit association that has grown to more than 400 members since its inception in March 2015, becoming one of the largest and fastest-growing alliances in the technology sector. Its members are closely collaborating and sharing their experience to promote the LoRaWAN protocol as the leading open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. With the technical flexibility to address a broad range of IoT applications, both static and mobile, and a certification program to guarantee interoperability, LoRaWAN has already been deployed by major mobile network operators globally with wide expansion anticipated in 2017.
About LoRaWAN Technology
The technology used in a LoRaWAN network is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in harsh environments that were previously too challenging or cost-prohibitive to connect. With its unique penetration capability, a LoRaWAN gateway deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than 10 miles away or to water meters deployed underground or in basements. The LoRaWAN protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other LPWAN technologies. These benefits will enable the diverse use cases and business models that will grow deployments of LPWAN IoT networks globally.
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