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Qualcomm launches smart city marketplace to lower barriers

Qualcomm has launched a campaign to rally the troops around a new banner – the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program. Effectively a channel to drive demand for its products in the growing city market, the program runs the risk of adding to the fragmentation in the Internet of Things. The goal is to create a ‘solutions-focused web site’ that a smart city customer would be able to use to purchase a particular solution, such as one for waste management or pedestrian footfall analytics. With the group of providers, the idea is that the members will all address the various components that comprise such an application, making it easier for a prospective buyer to pull the trigger on their purchase. The…

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