Mesh Wi-Fi development kit integrates Alexa

February 20, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Mesh Wi-Fi development kit integrates Alexa
Qualcomm Technologies (San Diego, CA) has announced what it says is the industry’s first development kit for mesh Wi-Fi networks, qualified by Amazon, to integrate the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Development Kit with Amazon AVS is designed to offer manufacturers the necessary building blocks to quickly and cost effectively create mesh Wi-Fi systems with Alexa built in. The addition of Alexa, integrated via the ClearVoice far-field voice enhancement software solution from Meeami Technologies, makes it easy for mesh networking manufacturers to provide leading voice capabilities to their customers layered on the Qualcomm Wi-Fi mesh platforms, says the company.

With Alexa built in, users can manage, automate, and monitor smart home devices, as well as control music, ask questions, access tens of thousands of skills, and more – hands-free. These voice capabilities, says the company, perfectly complement mesh Wi-Fi networks, which are designed to deliver robust and consistent connectivity to nearly every corner of a home, provide simplicity of use, and incorporate powerful security and device-management features.

"Mesh networks have become the new standard to support the best possible connected experience in the home," says Nick Kucharewski, vice president and general manager, Wireless Infrastructure and Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "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."

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"By integrating our mesh platform with Alexa," says Kucharewski, "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."

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