At CES® 2018 today, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced that it is significantly expanding the capabilities and product applications for its Qualcomm® Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design, further establishing mesh as the networking platform of choice for today’s smart homes. The company is enabling, through the integration of Qualcomm Aqstic and Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, leading voice recognition capabilities in the platform to create virtually seamless voice-driven experiences in the home. Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies is expanding the range of products that support the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, beyond networking infrastructure to include smart speakers, smoke detectors, security systems, and smart bulbs where manufacturers are leveraging the mesh networking platform to help create new and better-connected experiences.
Today, consumers’ expectations are centering on voice to interact with and control many of the connected devices in the home. To address this expectation, Qualcomm Technologies is driving the voice user interface into its mesh networking platform. The enhanced mesh networking platform and reference design, an all-Qualcomm Technologies’ design, now fully integrates Qualcomm Aqstic (WCD 9340), supporting up to 6-mic beam forming and echo cancellation & noise suppression (ECNS), supporting high-quality audio and voice capture capabilities necessary to enable popular voice services. The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform also now integrates Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, enabling mesh networking manufacturers to integrate Cortana’s productivity capabilities like email and calendar management, and completing basic tasks: home automation, playing music and providing answers, news, weather and more. Mesh networks based on the new reference design, as always, provide consumers with unprecedented ease of use while blanketing the home with nearly corner-to-corner wireless connectivity. Leading manufacturer ASUS today announced the world’s first voice-enabled mesh networking system, the ASUS Lyra Voice, based upon the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform.
“Mesh Wi-Fi systems have not only transformed the concept of whole home connectivity, but they are providing consumers with a new level of control over all the devices in their smart homes,” said Gopi Sirineni, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies pioneered mesh technology, powering nearly every commercially available mesh networking product to date, and we’re continuing our record of adding new capabilities and applications for this category-defining platform. Our reference design allows our customers to quickly bring innovative, voice-controlled products based on our foundational mesh networking platform to tap into this growing opportunity.”
“Demand for voice control and assistance in the home is only getting stronger, and we are pleased to bring to market the first voice-enabled mesh Wi-Fi system,” said Tenlong Deng, general manager, the wireless device business unit, ASUS. “Our new ASUS Lyra Voice, powered by the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, provides consumers with not only a strong Wi-Fi connection in virtually every corner of their home, but also an intuitive way to access their smart devices using their voice.”
“Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies are working together on a variety of strategic projects, and we’re pleased that Qualcomm Technologies is bringing the power of Cortana to the mesh networking platform,” said Jordi Ribas, corporate vice president, AI products, Microsoft. “Microsoft technology on Qualcomm Technologies’ powered devices will empower people’s creativity and productivity at work and at home.”
As mesh networks have become more popular for smart home network management, manufacturers of other wireless connectivity-dependent technologies have begun to embrace mesh networks. Qualcomm Technologies is currently working with a number of technology companies, including Cognitive Systems Corp., Origin Wireless and Lunera to expand the use of mesh networking into many smart devices in the home.
Cognitive Systems has made its Aura WiFi Motion technology available for any product based on the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform. Smart home and networking device manufacturers can now integrate Aura’s WiFi Motion technology as a software module, without the need for any hardware design change, to access advanced motion detection enabled by sophisticated RF motion algorithms and machine learning.
Origin Wireless will be using the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform to further expand their motion-detection, vital sign detection, well-being monitoring and home security software to bring new use cases to their suite of smart home solutions.
Lunera, an IoT infrastructure company, will be utilizing the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform to upgrade the connectivity in their newly announced Lunera Ambient Compute software platform, which can connect billions of IoT devices to the cloud.
“The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform is designed to deliver robust connectivity which, combined with our Aura WiFi motion, provides advanced motion detection across virtually the whole home,” said Taj Manku, chief executive officer, Cognitive Systems. “But it’s not just about home monitoring. We know that customers want a truly intelligent home where connected devices can make smart and informed decisions. This is now a reality since Aura WiFi Motion creates a network of sensors to empower smart home devices with context, awareness and insights.”
“With our patented Time Reversal Machine™ (TRM™) technology, we are able to leverage the multipaths in wireless signal propagation as virtual antennas/sensors to monitor the environment and offer a revolutionary radio analytic AI platform to enable smart radios for smart life™,” said Dr. Ray Liu, founder and chief executive officer, Origin Wireless. “Having the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform as the synergetic connectivity enables our system to greatly expand beyond home-security to a vast variety of sophisticated indoor-monitoring and smart home solutions for our customers, including vital sign detection, positioning, and tracking.”
“At Lunera, we are redefining traditional LED lighting with our Lunera Ambient Compute platform, embedding our Lunera Smart Lamps with computing power, Bluetooth capabilities and advanced cloud connectivity,” said Ajay Malik, chief technology officer, Lunera. “By adding mesh network coverage through the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, we can provide manufacturers and customers with an even stronger Edge Compute platform, delivering an IoT network that is omnipresent."
To view demonstrations of the new Qualcomm Mesh Networking Reference Design, featuring Qualcomm Aqstic, as well as products based on the mesh networking platform, including ASUS Lyra Voice and Cognitive Systems Aura WiFi Motion Technology, please visit the Qualcomm Technologies’ CES booth at Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Central Hall, Booth #10948.
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