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Ingenu and U-Blox announce partnership at CTIA

Steve Rogerson
September 15, 2016
At last week’s CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas, Ingenu and U-Blox announced a partnership that will let the next generation of Ingenu’s patented RPMA random phase multiple access technology serve global opportunities in the IoT market.
The two companies have agreed that Swiss firm U-Blox will develop and manufacture products supporting RPMA technology. RPMA is a low-power wide-area channel access method used exclusively for M2M communications.
Because RPMA uses the globally available 2.4GHz ISM band, one radio module can serve applications throughout the globe, providing the scale and cost benefits to enable partners with a profitable option to bring IoT products to market. The U-Blox modules have extended temperature range and will allow for simple integration of positioning services.
“U-Blox is highly regarded in the wireless module market, and this partnership will open a range of possibilities for our technology,” said John Horn, CEO of California-based Ingenu. “Ingenu’s collaboration with U-Blox will further the success we have realised in the IoT space, and will provide our valuable partners with significant advantages to develop solutions based on RPMA technology.”
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox develops and markets wireless modules and semiconductors for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Its nested form factor allows users to maintain form factor and software continuity to upgrade their products with each new generation of modules. The company is focused on connecting devices to the IoT and optimising applications for machine-type communications, which enhances the synergies of the partnership between the two companies.
“The demand for low-power, wide-area network technologies is growing across the globe,” said Andreas Thiel, executive vice president and co-founder of U-Blox. “We believe that Ingenu has superior technology to support growth of unlicensed spectrum technologies, and we are looking forward to a long-term partnership to address the needs of this market, while continuing to maintain our leadership position in developing products for the licensed spectrum.”
Launch of the first module is expected towards the end of this year.
Ingenu says it is building the first wireless machine network, the world’s largest IoT network dedicated to LPWA (low-power, wide-area) connectivity for machines only. Operating on universal spectrum, the company’s RPMA technology can connect IoT and M2M devices around the world, with 38 private networks deployed over seven years.