Verizon and AT&T have taken other moves to support their moves into the broader Internet of Things business, on both the “use my network for connectivity” and “use my platform to build your apps” dimensions.
Historically, the cost to connect remote sensors (now considered part of the Internet of Things) to a 4G mobile network has been higher than linking using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zwave or ZigBee.
Verizon believes it can close much of that gap by directly embedding Qualcomm Technologies by embedding the ThingSpace IoT functions directly on Qualcomm chips used for communications.
ThingSpace is Verizon’s global IoT app development platform.
ThingSpace will embedded on the Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 Category M (Cat M1) LTE modems.
The embedded ThingSpace IoT platform will be available for OEM integration in early 2017, Qualcomm says.
Verizon also acquired a “smart cities” systems supplier--Sensity Systems--intended to add a comprehensive suite of smart city solutions to its ThingSpace platform.
Verizon also has acquired Fleetmatics, a vehicle telematics and fleet management supplier, as well as Telogis, a provider of connected vehicle solutions.