Organisations and enterprises interested in participating in trials for LoRa-specific proof of concepts are encouraged to contact Comcast
A new business trial venture focusing on building b2b solutions and a platform for the IoT has been launched by Comcast, one of the leading video, high speed internet and phone providers in the US.
As part of the machine trial, Comcast will work with select commercial partners in proof of concepts to use its network to gather, transmit, and analyse data from connected devices distributed throughout their organisations.
Comcast will use Semtech Corporation’s (NASD: SMTC) globally proven LoRa Wireless Radio Frequency Technology to deploy network trials in Philadelphia and San Francisco later this year. These trials will focus on enabling use cases such as utility metering, environmental monitoring (e.g., temperature, pollution, noise), and asset tracking through LoRa Technology-enabled devices and network services.
According to a 2016 study of the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) market by Machina Research, the total number of global M2M connections will grow from 6 billion in 2015 to 27 billion in 2025, with 20 percent of these connections originating in the US.
The global market is estimated to generate $3 trillion in revenue by 2025 with 22 percent ($660 billion) originating in the United States. Machina’s study also indicates that 11 percent of the connections by 2025 will use Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connections such as LoRa.
Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast Cable. said: "We believe the business-to-business segment of the Internet of Things market is going to expand rapidly over the next decade as businesses look to IoT-based technology to manage their businesses in a more effective and sophisticated manner.
“Technologies such as LoRa are setting the stage for the era of connected devices, and we think our network potentially has a role to play in connecting the millions of internet-enabled devices deployed within enterprises.”
Comcast has invested tens of billions of dollars to build a network that spans 20 of the nation’s top 30 markets. It includes more than 149,000 route miles of fiber optic cable and more than 500,000 miles of HFC plant that is in close proximity to hundreds of thousands of businesses and city locations.
“The decision by Comcast to complement its existing infrastructure with LoRa Technology will enable connected devices, servers and software components to communicate seamlessly and securely on its new LoRaWAN-based IoT platform,” said Mohan Maheswaran, Semtech’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Semtech is committed to working with Comcast to make LPWAN networks broadly available in the United States. We believe this will foster innovation by enterprises for new IoT solutions that allows us all to benefit from the advantages of our emerging connected world.”
If the initial trials prove to be successful, Comcast intends to commercially deploy LoRaWAN networks and LoRa-related services across its markets, with the goal of completing commercial deployments within the next 18 to 30 months.
Organisations and enterprises interested in participating in trials for LoRa-specific proof of concepts are encouraged to contact Comcast at www.machineq.com
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