Comcast’s MachineQ Unit Gets Down to Business

IoT unit touts wins for its LoRaWAN-powered service
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While it’s not yet clear precisely how much revenue machineQ is bringing in the door yet, the Comcast-owned unit focused on enterprise Internet of Things services, been adding customers at a healthy clip in the early going. 

machineQ said its service, which runs a Low Power Wide Area Network using the LoRaWAN protocol, has  notched deployments with companies focused on areas spanning business asset tracking, rodent control to water service utilities, and has signed on the following as new customers:

-Adveez, an IoT hardware and software solutions provider that monitors a business’s critical assets at locations such as airports, seaports and in cities.

- CareBand, a maker of connected wearables aimed at reducing injuries to seniors due to dementia-related wandering by providing real-time, precise location tracking.

-Neptune, a software and hardware provider to the water industry that serves more than 4,000 utilities across North America. Neptune’s new, LoRa-enabled L900 series of water endpoints supports water meter reading and sensor applications that require low-power consumption and long-range connectivity.

-Pansofik,a developer of digital solutions designed to help small- and mid-sized businesses and building owners integrate IoT and data analytics within their organizations.

-Victor, a maker of rodent control systems is using LoRaWAN-based sensor technologies operating on the machineQ network.

Examples of other known machineQ customers include SteamIQ (stream trap performance monitoring), Reach (lighting control), Instapio (data management), PNI Sensor Corp. (smart parking sensors), and Coris (temperature monitoring tailored for the medical industry). 

machineQ also has tech alliances in place with Semtech (LoRA devices and wireless RF technology) and Murata (electronic components, connectivity modules and power conversion technologies).

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Comcast introduced machineQ in 2016 via trials in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago, and has since rolled out its LoRa-based service to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Fellow cable operator Cox Communications bowed Cox2M, an IoT services unit, earlier this week. Dish Network, meanwhile, plans to spend big on a wireless network buildout for a narrowband IoT offering, and recently acquired Parkifi, a maker of sensors for smart parking lots.

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“IoT solution providers are seeking secure, reliable and highly scalable network connectivity, device management capabilities, and ‘as-a-service’ IoT network services, like geo-location, to speed their time-to-market, and our new customers have chosen machineQ because it can be deployed across a wide range of different enterprise use cases,” Alex Khorram, general manager of machineQ, said in a statement. “We want IoT solution providers to know that we can handle their network needs, so they can focus on bringing their innovative solutions to market to the benefit of their end users.”

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