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Qualcomm this week announced a series of software services to support data traffic from the Internet of Things on the edge of wireless networks.

The San Diego chip maker said Qualcomm wireless edge services would help connect and manage billions of connected devices on cloud platforms throughout their long life cycles.

The company also touted the systems' security and ability to scale to accommodate a growing number of 4G and, eventually, 5G devices. In addition, officials said the technology could promote new uses and business opportunities, including a Chipset as a Service model.

"We are excited by the initial response from cloud, enterprise and industrial companies and are looking forward to working with them as well as our traditional customers to accelerate the transformative opportunity supported by advanced security, intelligence and wireless connectivity capability at the edge," SVP of 4G/5G and Industrial IOT Serge Willenegger said in a statement.

The new capabilities will be introduced on Qualcomm’s MDM9206, MDM9628 and QCA4020 chipsets later this year before migrating to its Snapdragon platforms.

"With the introduction of Qualcomm wireless edge services, we continue to evolve and augment our leading Snapdragon portfolio to better serve our expanding base of customers across many industries," Willenegger said.

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