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Comcast’s MachineQ Updates Platform-as-a-Service for IoT Solutions at Scale

Comcast’s MachineQ Updates Platform-as-a-Service for IoT Solutions at Scale

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Today, MachineQ, a Comcast Company, announced the latest release of its low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) platform designed to reduce the complexities for businesses to develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) solutions at scale.

Based on the LoRaWAN® protocol, the MachineQ connectivity platform fully integrates gateway hardware with centralized network management tools for companies needing a more cost-effective, streamlined approach to building LPWAN solutions. Initially released in 2019, the MachineQ platform now processes millions of transmissions daily, and supports a growing base of both enterprise customers and LoRaWAN solution providers across the United States and Canada.

According to a recent Voice of the Enterprise study from 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, companies looking to deploy IoT face significant challenges today, including the ability to take IoT projects from proof of concept (POC) out to scale. 70% of enterprises reported problems with IoT projects getting beyond the POC stage, with one-third calling it a major problem1. Another challenge is a lack of employees with specialized IoT skills. The report notes that as a result of these challenges, enterprises are increasingly turning to other organizations – from outsourcers to cloud providers – to help with their IoT initiatives.

“The new version of our platform is tailored to meet the needs of enterprises to scale IoT, and is already being used by some of the world’s best-known companies. We’ve had great success leveraging nationwide IT deployment services from Comcast Business for our IoT projects,” said Steve Salata, general manager of MachineQ. “Our all-in-one offering gives organizations the benefit of working with a single connectivity partner and avoiding the complexity that is common when working with multiple providers.”

MachineQ’s fully integrated IoT connectivity platform makes it easy for operational and information technology professionals to set up and manage LoRaWAN networks and solutions. And, its monitoring and analytics tools can track and analyze IoT data in real-time to provide important insights to help solve a range of business challenges. The company works with both enterprises and a growing ecosystem of channel partners who harness the MachineQ platform for use cases such as food service safety and compliance, asset tracking, building and facilities management, and smart cities.

MachineQ is an active member of the LoRa Alliance®, a non-profit association committed to enabling large-scale deployment of LPWAN for IoT through developing and promoting the LoRaWAN open standard. The company is a gold-level sponsor for the Alliance’s Destination LoRaWAN webcast series, and recently participated in a webcast titled “Best Practices in Scaling LoRaWAN Solutions.” Executives from Microsoft and CoreKinect® joined MachineQ as panelists for the virtual event. Watch the replay here.

1 451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things, Organizational Dynamics 2020

LoRaWAN® and LoRa Alliance® are marks used under license from the LoRa Alliance®.

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