Qualcomm Partners With AT&T, Verizon on Drones, IoT

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-09-06 Print this article Print
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With Verizon, Qualcomm is working to make it easier and less costly to connect intelligent IoT devices to cellular networks, in particularly 4G LTE, while also getting them ready for upcoming 5G networks. The companies will do this by integrating Verizon's ThingSpace IoT software platform within Qualcomm's MDM9206 Category M (Cat M1) LTE modem. While it has been more costly to connect IoT devices to LTE networks than to other wireless modes such as WiFi, Bluetooth and ZigBee, embedding the LTE chipset into connected devices can make deploying IoT devices on 4G LTE faster. Now the companies want to use Cat M1 as the standard, which will help drive down the cost.

OEMs will be able to develop MDM9206-based products with the ThingSpace platform integrated early next year, the companies said. Through the integration, organizations will be able to speed connectivity to the cloud via the Verizon platform, which enables developers to build and manage applications. Putting the software into the modem will speed the development of new intelligent, connected devices for 4G LTE networks and will lead to the development of  more sophisticated apps, officials said.

“When it comes to the internet of things, no single company can go at it alone to scale from the millions of devices to the billions of devices needed to create cleaner cities, deliver better health care, conserve water and make the digital world work better for consumers and citizens," Mike Lanman, senior vice president of enterprise products and IoT at Verizon, said in a statement. "Simplicity is a necessary starting point and working across the ecosystem—at the network, platform and application levels—is also needed in order to capture the real market opportunity of the internet of things."

Verizon unveiled the ThingSpace platform in October 2015 to enable developers to easily create apps for the IoT.


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