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Jul. 18, 2017 11:16 am

Comcast’s machineQ is expanding to 12 new cities

The internet-of-things network is going nationwide.

The final moments of the machineQ Smart City Hackathon.

(Photo courtesy of Jess Ryan)

Full disclosure: Comcast is a major sponsor of several Technical.ly initiatives.

Comcast announced today its long-range (LoRa) service for the internet-of-things space, machineQ, will be rolling out to a dozen new cities across the U.S.

In the first part of 2018 Comcast aims to offer 50 percent coverage in 12 sprawling metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Boston, Miami, and Washington, D.C.

Other cities include: Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

The service first dropped late last year in a trial run in Philadelphia and San Francisco, later expanding to Chicago. Using the now-standard LoRaWAN protocol, machineQ can link up physical sensors that gather data which, in turn, can be put to use by applications or sent to the almighty cloud.

According to Alex Khorram, general manager of machineQ at the Center City comms giant, the platform has allowed new IoT use cases to come to fruition, especially those that were not “commercially viable” due to issues like the cost of connectivity and end devices, limited battery life, and inability to get coverage.

In partnership with Comcast, Technical.ly hosted a hackathon that yielded 15 ideas for leveraging the machineQ network in pollution monitoring, traffic reduction, pothole detection and more.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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