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Service expanded to meet the need for smart cities

Platform uses low power wide area network technology to build and deploy solutions for municipal organisations and businesses

Indianapolis is one of the cities in which Comcast's machineQ service will be available
Indianapolis is one of the cities in which Comcast's machineQ service will be available

Media and technology company, Comcast, is expanding its enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) service, machineQ, to 12 major US markets. The service is being rolled out in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington DC.


Comcast first announced the service in October 2016 with trials in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area, and expansion to Chicago in November. Interest in machineQ has come from organisations spanning a wide range of industries, including smart cities (outdoor lighting, waste management, utility grid monitoring), public utilities (remote utility metering), automotive (asset tracking, telemetry), and and healthcare (patient monitoring, laboratory sciences tracking).


The IoT network service and platform uses low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology based on the LoRaWAN protocol to build and deploy solutions for businesses and municipal organisations.


"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,” said 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.”


As a part of the machineQ service, Comcast is working with its commercial partners to enable businesses and cities to gather, transmit, and analyse data about the operation of connected devices distributed throughout their locations. This enables them to make better-informed, data-based decisions to improve how they serve customers, tenants, and citizens.


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