Comcast’ enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) service, machineQ, has activated a LoRaWAN IoT network in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and now provides coverage in major technology hubs including; Cupertino, Fremont, Hayward, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale.
Using machineQ’s LPWAN service, cities can use 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.
Startups and developers in the region building enterprise-grade IoT solutions can now connect to the cloud using the machineQ IoT network. The machineQ network is built using the LoRaWAN technology protocol, which is quickly becoming a global network standard for IoT and is currently being used by 80+ carriers in 43 countries around the globe. LoRaWAN-based technology delivers advantages over traditional wireless networks – it cuts costs due to lower power requirements, provides long-range coverage, and can penetrate hard to reach places like deep indoor and underground locations.
Santa Rosa, California-based PNI Sensor, a high-accuracy sensor technology company, is on the growing list of companies building solutions for its clients using the machineQ LoRa-based network. PNI’s 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 utilize 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 utilize 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.”
Beyond the San Francisco Bay area, machineQ is deploying its LoRaWAN-based network in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington D.C. in 2018.