Qualcomm aims to jumpstart smart cities tech with new plug and play subscription suite

In a bid to jumpstart smart cities technologies, Qualcomm has launched a new Internet of Things Services Suite to help municipalities, schools, ports, hospitals and construction firms deploy digital tools without huge upfront costs.

The San Diego cellular technology giant is trying to remove some of the long-time roadblocks —namely tight budgets and supplier fragmentation—that have slowed smart cities and the Internet of Things market overall.

With partners, Qualcomm on Wednesday announced a plug and play IoT platform service sold as a subscription. It includes technologies ranging from wireless connectivity, hardware, software, data analytics and platform integration. The information is delivered to cities and other customers through a control center in real time.

The company is targeting five sectors initially with its subscription service—smart cities/smart spaces such as airports, education, construction management, logistics and health care.