To simply understand, Internet of Things or IoT is the concept of connecting any electronic device to the Internet and to other connected devices. The IoT is a giant network of connected things and people, all of which collect and share data about the way they are used and about the environment around them. That includes an extraordinary number of objects, ranging from a simple wearable fitness device that monitors your heart rate to complex smart microwaves and self-driving cars. For years this field has developed due to the convergence of multiple technologies, including commodity sensors, control systems and machine learning.
In 2020, Qualcomm technologies, an American multinational corporation, the creator of software and services related to wireless technology, announced the Qualcomm IoT Services Suite, which delivered comprehensive, end-to-end, IoT as a Service (IoTaaS) solutions to enable the digital transformation of smart cities and smart connected spaces globally. This IoT service offers comprehensive support for everything from hardware to software, by providing companies and municipalities with integrated, plug-and-play deployments in even the most demanding IoT situations. The Qualcomm IoT services suite has proven to be more successful, as it provides solutions for the Qualcomm smart cities accelerator program. This program currently has 300 members on-board since its launch in April 2019. The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program was designed for plug-and-play deployment of connected devices to enable the proliferation of smart cities and smart connected spaces. When companies and municipalities utilizethe Qualcomm IoT Services Suite and other solutions offered by members of the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, they can bypass common fragmentation – making it easier, quicker and more cost-effective to manage and deploy smart connected spaces.
Now, not even a year later of the IoT services release, Qualcomm is again ready to deploy vertical-specific IoT suites for more than 30 different markets. The market will include a range of industries, and segments including warehouse management, traffic management, smart retail, small airports and more.
There is no doubt that Qualcomm is the world’s leading driving force behind the development, launch and expansion of 5G. But the services suite will not be limited to just WI-FI, 5G connectivity or Bluetooth, it will work on necessary hardware and software platforms to make IoT projects work.
The smart venues suite could, for example, apply to a football stadium, a concert hall or a variety of other venues. The commonality of these places is the need for crowd management, which includes the need for ticketing services, security, janitorial services, and food kiosks. In this case, the Qualcomm suite will provide a pre-certified, pre-integrated hardware for each of those elements of a smart venue, as well as a management dashboard.
Qualcomm is offering tools to improve safety, device management, tracking, and visibility into materials and workflows for its smart construction suite, among other things. More specifically, that means managing devices like connected hard hats and thermal cameras on site. In addition to rolling out the vertical-specific offerings, Qualcomm has also announced its improvement plans to the IoT Services Suite. The enhancements are being made for governments and enterprises that do not have large software development teams. It will offer them a drag-and-drop deployment with low-code development, automated device onboarding and management, streamlined device configuration, a customizable user interface, and an integrated standard operating procedures workflow.
Sanjeet Pandit, senior director of Qualcomm said, that introduction of IoT has increased their reach across various industry segments. With the introduction of the new IoT services suite, Qualcomm is determined to take their performance to a higher stack.
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