In a bid to address connectivity issues in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), Qualcomm Inc. recently unveiled Qualcomm Network IoT Connectivity platform – a solution designed to help ensure compatible and simultaneous use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CSRmesh connectivity and 802.15.4-based technologies across a network.
Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., added suite of features into the platform for deployment across IoT devices, hubs and network gateways that centralize and manage the complex and diverse connectivity technologies and ecosystems.
The growth of IoT services and smart home devices has, until now, created islands of products rendered incompatible by conflicting connectivity technologies, communication protocols, and software frameworks.
Qualcomm says the new IoT platform supports cloud services and software frameworks, acting as a universal translator. By connecting previously disparate product portfolios and ecosystems, the IoT Connectivity platform minimizes complexity and eases fragmentation challenges for manufacturers, developers and consumers, the company said.
Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies is broadening the capabilities of the Qualcomm Wi-Fi Self Organizing Network (SON) solution to help beef up managed network. One update is support for both wired and wireline-based networks, allowing network installations dependent on PLC and/or Ethernet to leverage the same innovative features, regardless of the network medium, that currently define the Wi-Fi implementations of SON.
Another addition is expanded support for multi-hop network topologies, which are the prototypical mesh-style configurations, and the addition of this option to Wi-Fi SON is designed to ensure a wider potential range of successful Wi-Fi SON implementations.