Creation of mesh wifi networks with integrated Alexa easier with Qualcomm

Feb 20, 2019, 12:00 pm

Bipasha M.

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the company’s first development kit for mesh Wi-Fi networks. This development kit will be used mainly to integrate the Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Since it will integrate Alexa the project was qualified by Amazon. It will offer the manufacturers building blocks necessary to develop the mesh Wi-Fi systems with Alexa built-in.

The integration of Alexa Voice Service will be through the use of the ClearVoice far-field voice enhancement software solution from Meeami Technologies. It will eventually give the developers leeway to provide their customers leading voice capabilities layered on the Qualcomm Wi-Fi mesh platforms. With the help of Alexa, the customers can manage, automate and monitor smart home devices and control music, ask questions, access tens of thousands of skills and more. These mesh Wi-Fi will be built for the sole purpose of providing seamless connectivity to nearly every inch of the house.

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The new Mesh Development Kit will integrate the previous features with defining kit elements which include IPQ4019 integrated network processor, integrated audio decoding and post-processing, multi-microphone FFV (far-field voice) and WWD (wake word detection), support for various I/O technologies, and a full software stack of the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform.

The Vice President and the General Manager of Wireless Infrastructure and Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Nick Kucharewski said, “Mesh networks have become the new standard to support the best possible connected experience in the home. By adding Amazon’s advanced voice capabilities through the Alexa Voice Service, we are unlocking new opportunities for customers to enable exciting new smart home experiences controlled with the simplicity of voice. By integrating our mesh platform with Alexa, we create a powerful development kit that is designed to enable device manufacturers to quickly and economically bring innovative new products to market and meet the development speed of this fast-growing market.”

Qualcomm Technologies’ development kit enables device makers to build voice-first mesh Wi-Fi systems with minimal time and financial investment. We’re thrilled that Qualcomm Technologies continues to provide solutions that make it even easier for companies to bring Alexa built-in products to their customers.

– Priya Abani, Director of the Alexa Voice Service

Doug Makishima, the chief operating officer for Meeami Technologies mentioned, “With the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, voice has gained significant momentum in the smart home market. ClearVoice far-field voice enhancement algorithms enable voice commands to be understood from distances of several meters in noisy conditions typically found in homes. This enables OEMs to add high-quality automatic speech recognition and other key features quickly and cost-effectively to their products.”

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