Comcast’s machineQ has completed LoRaWAN deployment in 10 cities, semiconductor vendor Semtech says

Comcast IoT division MachineQ
In March, machineQ announced five new clients. (Comcast)

Comcast’s enterprise IoT division machineQ has deployed LoRaWAN in 10 U.S. cities, according to vendor Semtech, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms.

machineQ is using Semtech’s LoRA devices and wireless RF technology for deployments in Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Simultaneously, Camarillo, California-based Semtech also announced that it has accelerated the vesting of the remaining 586,956 unvested shares from the warrant agreement it signed with Comcast in 2016. 

“We are pleased with the speed and extensiveness by which Comcast has executed the deployment of Semtech's LoRa technology to enable its machineQ platform,” said Mohan Maheswaran president and CEO of Semtech, in a statement. “Comcast’s efforts in the deployment of LoRaWAN networks in various U.S. markets is further helping to establish the LoRaWAN protocol as the de facto standard for LPWAN deployments.”

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"As we continue to deploy LoRaWAN-based access to cities across the U.S., we are enabling businesses across a wide range of industries to bring IoT solutions to market faster, which is good for the ecosystem as a whole," added Alex Khorram, general manager of Comcast's machineQ. "We are seeing real momentum as solution providers and end users alike are realizing the benefits of having a low-power, wide-area connectivity option as they look to take advantage of IoT within their organizations.”

Other vendors with Comcast warrant agreements include Arris and Universal Electronics. 

In March, machineQ announced five new clients, including Adveez, an IoT hardware solutions provider, which uses machineQ’s LoRaWAN-based service to help customer monitors business’ assets at airports, seaports and in cities.

Other announced clients include wearables manufacturer Carebrand, which provides location-based tracking of dementia patients for caregivers; Neptune, a software and hardware supplier for water utilities; Pansofik, which helps small and medium sized business integrate IoT into their organizations; and pest control solution maker Victor, who will use LoRaWAN-based sensors to build the proverbial better mouse trap. 

Comcast first announced machineQ in 2016 as trials in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago, and in 2017 began rolling out the LoRa-based service to businesses and municipalities in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, D.C.