Qualcomm takes a team approach to IoT market that stretches from oil and gas fields to chicken farms

IoT Companies Suite contains low-code deployment choices to construct monitoring companies, asset monitoring and visitors administration.


Qualcomm’s IoT Companies Suite features a visitors administration platform that cities can use to optimize indicators, handle congestion and observe accidents. 

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As a substitute of a “here is my chip” method to the IoT market, Qualcomm is enjoying matchmaker and constructing an ecosystem of shoppers, distributors and methods integrators. The corporate’s third annual Sensible Cities Accelerator occasion connects cities, municipalities, authorities businesses, and enterprises with good metropolis tech suppliers.

Sanjeet Pandit, senior director and international head of good cities at Qualcomm, launched this system in 2019. The occasion was all digital in 2020 and this yr nearly 1,000 folks have registered for an in-person occasion held Tuesday, Sept. 28 and Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Sanjit stated that Qualcomm has digitized many areas due to the corporate’s distinctive “chip to cloud” method to good cities and IoT work.

“This isn’t a ‘This is my chip’ method to IoT, it is a good resolution in a field,” he stated. “We even have partnered with a financing group to assist with that too.”

Pandit stated his staff began the good metropolis work with the mindset of an R&D firm however discovered early on to revise the product to suit the fact of small metropolis IT departments. 

“We realized we needed to get to a drag and drop deployment the place a primary IT operator can work the system,” he stated. 

The corporate introduced new options in its IoT Companies Suite on the occasion. The gathering of software program, {hardware}, consulting companies and financing covers many verticals, together with schooling, logistics, healthcare, transportation, inspection, power and agriculture. Qualcomm’s IoT Companies Suite contains:

  • Drag and drop deployment with low code improvement
  • Automated machine onboarding and administration
  • Streamlined machine configuration and customizable user-interface
  • Built-in customary working procedures workflow
  • Edge-AI and cloud integration enabling scalability and effectivity

Pandit stated that the inspiration for the Accelerator was his detective work to find out the supply of a selected safety digicam on the Qualcomm campus. He traced the origin of the digicam again to a manufacturing unit in China and realized alongside the best way how fragmented the IoT market is. 

He additionally noticed the necessity to perceive how the ecosystem works, together with the stream (or lack of) funding.

“The target was to not deploy expertise however to deploy expertise to help a selected use case,” he stated. “The trade wanted glue to stay all of it collectively.”

SEE: Funding fund and outcomes-as-a-service agency assist cities construct good infrastructure regardless of tight budgets

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of JLC MJE-Loop Capital Companions, is the keynote speaker on the occasion. JLC Infrastructure is an investor and asset administration agency targeted on the transportation, communications, power, utilities and social infrastructure sectors within the U.S. The funding staff has experience in public-private partnerships and power infrastructure buyside origination, execution and asset administration. Many good cities initiatives are funded by way of public-private partnerships. 

Qualcomm introduced the IoT companies suite and the accelerator in December with two members. Now there are 400 members and services for greater than 40 verticals. 

 Specialised companies within the platform embody:

  • Inspection-as-a-Service: The flexibility to detect incidents on development websites and deploy rooftop inspection, security and safety missions as a primary responder, present emergency response and help for pure disasters.
  • Sensible Asset Administration as-a-Service: Specialised options for provide chain visibility resembling improved monitoring, compliance and effectivity.  
  • Site visitors Administration as-a-Service: A visitors administration system to plan, management and adapt the stream of visitors on metropolis streets, optimize visitors indicators and supply occasion and emergency notifications.
  • Sensible Venues as-a-Service: A lidar-based security and safety system to observe crowds and capability.

Pandit stated that utilizing lidar to observe public areas permits facility managers to trace wait instances, restrooms and total occupancy with out facial recognition. 

Pandit stated that cities have traditionally spent infrastructure cash on extra tangible enhancements like sidewalks and parks. In the course of the pandemic, the necessity for connectivity shifted the main target to much less seen companies.

“Generally expertise is extra tangible when you do not have it,” he stated. “I believe cities have been shocked as to how a lot they wanted to do to bridge the digital divide.”

Qualcomm additionally introduced on the occasion that Booz Allen Hamilton has joined this system as a methods integrator. Chris Christou, a vice chairman at Booz Allen Hamilton and a frontrunner within the firm’s 5G and safe cloud apply, stated the corporate can combine complete 5G options and companies to allow good connectivity and integration within the public sector.

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