Comcast Corporation, one of the best internet providers in the nation has declared that they have joined the LoRa Alliance as a sponsor member. Comcast is now moving towards using the LoRaWAN standard for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Besides getting a sponsor membership, Comcast will also obtain a seat on the board. The new move comes ahead of Comcast’s previous announcement made last year about selecting the LoRaWAN technology for its machineQ enterprise in the low-power IoT network. The major focus on deploying this technology was for utility metering, environmental monitoring and asset tracking.
Comcast through its role in the alliance will facilitate better and effective collaboration with other members. This will further provide the company with higher accessibility to numerous ecosystem providers. Alex Khorram, machineQ’s general manager said, “As we continue to deploy the LoRaWAN protocol in the United States, the core technology is exceeding our expectations in terms of network propagation and coverage.”
He further stated that, “We are seeing increasing demand and interest from a diverse client set, It’s exciting to commence our formal membership with the Alliance by bringing its respected global membership to the city of Philadelphia. We believe there is significant value in driving international collaboration and growth opportunities for LoRaWAN technology.”
Numerous people have come in support of LoRa, saying that it will achieve a solid growth in the country as in other continents like Europe and Asia. Geoff Mulligan, Chairman, LoRa Alliance stated in a press release, “Comcast’s successful citywide deployment in Philadelphia exemplifies the power of standardizing LPWANs to fully realize the worldwide potential of IoT technology. Comcast’s decision to become a Sponsor member is a strong endorsement of LoRaWAN technology. Though it only formalized its membership last month, Comcast is already stepping up to help drive the Alliance because it believes in the value of collaborating to further the LoRaWAN protocol’s global success.”
In addition, Comcast is also getting ready for hosting the eighth All-Members Meeting, Open House and Marketplace Exhibition of the Alliance from June 12-14 in Philadelphia. Along with the meeting and Summit, Comcast is offering an opportunity for startups, independent developers and universities for acquainting more with the LoRaWAN technology by organizing a smart-city themed hackathon.
Furthermore, many other best internet providers like Verizon and AT&T has also begun rolling out numerous network technologies for IoT. This has stepped up the competition in the networking sector that has prompted Comcast to come with up their own unique IoT technology.