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IoT network goes live in San Francisco Bay Area

The deployment continues the momentum of machineQ which recently announced new customers across a range of industries

San Francisco Bay Area is described as the epicentre of the IoT
San Francisco Bay Area is described as the epicentre of the IoT

Comcast has activated its machine enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) service in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.


The global media and technology company now provides coverage in major tech hubs including Cupertino, Fremont, Hayward, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale as well as San Francisco.


Start-ups and developers in the region building enterprise-grade IoT solutions can now connect to the cloud using the machineQ network. Alex Khorram, general manager for machine, said the decision to provide a dense IoT network in the “epicentre” of the IoT was a “no brainer”.


“The early success we’ve had working with solution providers reinforces that there is a need for low-power, cost-effective technologies such as LoRaWAN in the rapidly growing enterprise IoT space here in the US and beyond,” he said.


Santa Rosa-based PNI Sensor, an expert in developing high-accuracy sensor technology, is one of those building solutions for its clients using the machineQ LoRa-based network. Its PlacePod smart parking solution provides accurate, real-time vehicle detection and location of available parking spaces for on-street and off-street public and private parking management.


“Cities utilise real-time parking data from PlacePod smart parking sensors to make it easier for drivers to find parking,” said Robin Stoecker, director of marketing at PNI Sensor. “Using machineQ’s LPWAN service, cities can utilise information from parking sensors and other connected IoT devices to make data-driven decisions aimed at reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions caused by drivers circling for open parking spaces.”


The machineQ network is built using the LoRaWAN technology protocol which is currently being used by 80-plus carriers in 43 countries around the globe. The network deployment in the Bay Area continues the momentum of machineQ, which recently announced new customers across a range of industries including asset tracking, geo-location, water metering, facilities management and pest control.


The machineQ team isa sponsor of Project Kairos in the Start-Up City Showcase at IoT World from May 16-17, in Santa Clara.


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