machineQ, the Comcast-owned IIoT company, has been concentrating its initial efforts within Comcast’s traditional footprint, but the technology and platform that machineQ built, has the potential to branch out much further. It’s technically possible for machineQ to offer service in other parts of the country, and possibly the other markets around the globe.
According to John Jason Brzozowski, head of engineering and fellow at Comcast’s machineQ, one of the things the company really likes about this opportunity, this platform, is that it can go virtually anywhere. One of those reasons is machineQ’s technology and networking protocol of choice, LoRaWAN, a low-range, wide area network specification. machineQ’s gateways, meanwhile, can use a variety of backhaul options, including WiFi, Ethernet, and cellular.
There are dedicated ISM bands — used by LoRaWAN and generally tapped into for industrial, medical, and scientific purposes — present in multiple parts of the globe, including the Americas, Europe and parts of the Asia-Pacific, though the frequencies used by these bands tend to vary region to region.
machineQ, a company that launched in 2016, hasn’t announced its plans to branch off globally. However, the machineQ has previously announced that its network (with Semtech Corp. on board as an early partner) is up and running in several markets, including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Comcast has engineered and developed the software and the devices for the platform, including individual elements such as the sensors, the LoRaWAN gateways, integrated apps for iOS and Android devices, and the underlying onboarding and provisioning process.