Less than a year after the launch of the Qualcomm IoT Services Suite, Qualcomm is ready to deploy vertical-specific IoT suites for more than 30 different markets. They span a range of industries and segments, including smart airports, smart retail, warehouse management, traffic management, and more.
As a chipmaker, Qualcomm has “touched every segment of the IoT in one way or another,” Sanjeet Pandit, senior director at Qualcomm and global head of smart cities, told reporters. “And now we’re moving on. We’re going up the pile.”
The service suites offer more than just Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or 5G connectivity. Qualcomm has worked with industries to identify the necessary hardware, software and platforms needed to make IoT projects work.
For example, the smart venues suite can be used in a football stadium, a concert hall or a variety of other locations. However, they all have similarities such as the need for crowd management, ticketing, security, concierge services and food kiosks. The Qualcomm suite provides pre-certified, pre-integrated hardware for each of those elements of a smart location, as well as a management dashboard.
Qualcomm offers tools to improve security, device management, tracking and visibility in materials and workflows for its smart construction suite, among other things. More specifically, that means managing devices such as attached hard hats and thermal cameras on site.
“We’re bringing in all this ingenuity from different ecosystem members, putting it together, creating workflow automation under a private network, and delivering an end-to-end package,” Pandit said.
In addition to rolling out the vertical-specific offering, Qualcomm announced enhancements to the IoT Services Suite. The improvements have been added for governments and businesses that may not have large software development teams. It now offers drag-and-drop deployment with low-code development, automated device onboarding and management, streamlined device configuration, a customizable user interface, and an integrated workflow with standard operating procedures.