Arrow to participate in Qualcomm’s Smart Cities Accelerator Program, collaborating on services to OEMs & system integrators
23 April 2019
Arrow Electronics has announced it will participate in Qualcomm Technologies’ Smart Cities Accelerator Program for the global acceleration of edge compute, 5G appliances & NB-IoT distributed sensors.
Qualcomm's program is a library of smart city solutions that combine existing mobile broadband networks, while re-imagining existing infrastructure in cities around the world – integrating solutions with secure interoperability, edge processing and an ecosystem to deploy at scale.
“Arrow brings considerable experience with Qualcomm’s products, and we recognise them as being a key services player to design, build, integrate and test the next generation of connected edge applications for infrastructure, buildings, transportation and public safety,” said Sanjeet Pandit, Senior Director, Business Development & Head of Smart Cities, Qualcomm. “We are proud to see them join our Smart Cities Accelerator Program to drive innovative solutions in cities around the world.”
“Qualcomm Technologies brings both edge compute capability, with its cutting-edge processors, as well as wide-area and local-area technologies from BLE to WiFi to 3G, 4GLTE, 5G and small cell solutions,” said Aiden Mitchell, Vice President of IoT Global Solutions at Arrow. “Our acquisition of eInfochips, a leading engineering services firm with expertise in various Qualcomm products, allows us to collaborate with leading OEMs to develop smart city edge appliances and, then in turn, take those offerings to market through our network of smart city system integrators and VARs.”
According to IDC, technology investment in smart cities surpassed $81 billion in 2018 – and will grow by 18% in 2019. Technology investment is essential as cities embrace new technologies to tackle the intersection of urban population growth with increasing challenges to provide efficient transportation, public safety and energy.
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