Connected World: The On-Ramp M2M Blog

On-Ramp Wireless Expands Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity With Over 30 Global Network Deployments

Company Attains 200 Percent Annual Growth Driven by Ground-Breaking, Low-Power, Long-Range RPMA Network Technology

SAN DIEGO, CA–On-Ramp Wireless, the leading provider of long-range connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced several key 2014 milestones in the adoption of low-power, wide-area communications. Driven by critical infrastructure applications such as smart grid, intelligent lighting, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and oil and gas automation, the company’s customers and partners substantially accelerated network deployments — reaching 30 deployed networks in 2014, a 200 percent increase over year-end 2013.

Deployments of the On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) network are driven by the need for a cost-effective solution which provides reliable, secure, two-way connections for sensors and devices in the most demanding environments. RPMA serves as an alternative to existing cellular, Wi-Fi and mesh networks that lack the coverage, cost-effectiveness or low-power capabilities required by the exploding number of smart sensors and machines that need to be connected.

In addition to increasing global network deployments in 2014, the Connected by RPMA ecosystem expanded dramatically throughout the year. Highlights included announced application integration activities from EDMI, Energate and Meterlinq — adding to the wide range of applications available immediately for deployment on RPMA Networks.

“The year 2014 was critical for low-power, wide-area networking as the industry has begun to realize that enabling the promise of the Internet of Things will require new wireless technologies such as On-Ramp’s RPMA network to connect the billions of smart devices expected online over the coming years — particularly in major industrial sectors,” said Kevin Hell, President and Chief Executive Officer, On-Ramp Wireless. “Our customers and partners have proven the value of low-cost, reliable connectivity with breakthrough coverage and capacity — deploying systems that will provide the foundation for future IoT applications.”

On-Ramp Wireless has grown its presence internationally to support these growing deployments, adding sales and support resources for Latin America, South Africa and Japan in 2014.

About On-Ramp Wireless
On-Ramp Wireless enables long-range connectivity for the IoT. The company’s revolutionary RPMA® technology offers unmatched range, capacity, battery life and performance, operating in unlicensed spectrum. On-Ramp provides a carrier-grade system suitable for public and large-scale enterprise multi-application networks, with proven global deployments in the most demanding environments. A wide range of partners integrate the patented RPMA technology to deliver solutions for smart grid, industrial automation, smart city and other IoT and M2M applications. For more information on On-Ramp Wireless including specific information on how RPMA can solve your connectivity challenges, please visit: www.onrampwireless.com or follow us on Twitter @OnRampWireless.


Energate Announces its LC2100, a New Cost-Effective, Easy-to-Deploy Load Control Switch for Utilities

OTTAWA – April 07, 2015 – Energate Inc., a leading provider of interactive energy management solutions that enable next-generation energy management for the Utility Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home, announced today the availability of its latest wired load control switch, the LC2100.

Energate has integrated On-Ramp Wireless’ RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology into its LC2100 Load Control Switch which is part of Energate’s fully-integrated demand management solution for utilities and service providers who need a two-way, interactive, secure, low-risk, private communication network with ubiquitous coverage. The RPMA Network has a significant performance advantage with its 172 dB link budget providing access to hard-to-reach devices.  Link to press release.


On-Ramp Seeks Scale in Low-Power, Long-Range Wireless Race

By Jeff St. John, Greentech Media – From smart grid to the internet of things, a contender strives for scale.

On-Ramp Wireless has spent the past few years putting its low-power, long-range wireless technology to use in applications ranging from smart meters and grid sensors to oil and gas well monitors and smart streetlights. Link to story.


Strip-mining the radio spectrum

New connectivity technologies hope to extract the maximum value from a finite resource using low-power, long-range networks. Article Published in M2M Now Magazine, February/March 2015


Dominican Republic’s CEPM and GE to Modernize Punta Cana’s Electrical Grid

SAN DIEGO – February 4, 2015 – GE (NYSE: GE) has been selected by Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) – a standalone electrical utility, generating, transmitting and distributing electricity in the exclusive concession area of Bávaro and Punta Cana in the east of the Dominican Republic – to deliver more than 14,000 smart meters and GE’s Grid IQ™ point-to-multipoint (P2MP) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The solutions will provide CEPM with crucial electrical data to improve grid efficiency and operational performance.  Link to press release.

 

 


Energate and On-Ramp Wireless Team Up to Deliver New Point-to-Multipoint Interactive Energy Platform

ORLANDO (TechAdvantage 2015) – February 24, 2015 – Energate Inc., a leading provider of interactive energy management platform connecting homes and small businesses, and On-Ramp Wireless, a leading provider of wireless communications solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things, announce their partnership to deliver a new affordable, advanced, easy-to-deploy, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) communications option for Energate’s solutions.

Energate is incorporating On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) communications into its Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) Platform, a system which can support either a utility’s existing demand response management system or Energate’s load management software via Energate’s CORE Middleware.  The platform also enables consumer engagement through third-party applications or the MyEnergate mobile apps and web portal.

“This innovative combination of platforms enables fully integrated solutions for utilities and service providers that desire a full two-way, secure, low-risk, private network, with ubiquitous coverage,” said Steve Dodds, Energate’s CEO.

“We are excited to see Energate’s solutions be enabled with On-Ramp’s RPMA communications, providing an RPMA-connected option for demand response and interactive energy management,” said Kevin Hell, president and CEO, On-Ramp Wireless. “The integration of our technology into the Energate solution is a critical enhancement to our portfolio of RPMA-enabled utility applications.”

Unlike pager-based solutions, the combined solution features secure, two-way, fully acknowledged communications on any RPMA Network, enabling a platform that supports interactive energy management with or without a smart meter, with or without AMI, and with or without a local internet connection while providing verifiable and measureable demand response (DR) and energy efficiency (EE) results.

On-Ramp Wireless and Energate will provide a “sneak peek” of the new demand response and energy efficiency offering – the LC2100 P2MP Load Control Switch using the RPMA Network at TechAdvantage 2015, Booth #123 in Orlando, February 23-26, 2015.

About Energate

Energate Inc. provides interactive energy management solutions that enable next-generation energy management and the connected home. Energate’s vertically integrated Consumer Connected Demand Response™ platform provides management two-way communication and demand response events through a flexible solution that includes devices, middleware, and applications. Energate’s Internet of Things solution is an interoperable architecture that has been proven in the homes of more than 40 North American utilities’ customers.

About On-Ramp Wireless, Inc.

On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. The patented On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within smart grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing and location tracking. For more information, visit www.onrampwireless.com or follow us on Twitter @OnRampWireless.

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Media Contacts:

Jacqueline Hudson
Marketing Manager
Energate Inc.
jhudson@energateinc.com
613-482-7928 x 232

Kirsten Garvin
Sr. Marketing Manager
On-Ramp Wireless
kirsten.garvin@onrampwireless.com
858-312-6462


On-Ramp Wireless and EDMI Partner to Deliver Smart Grid Solutions for Advanced Metering Ecosystem

Companies provide powerful integrated solutions to Asia-Pacific region with expansion into global markets

SAN DIEGO and SINGAPORE – Feb. 11, 2015 –On-Ramp Wireless, a leading provider of wireless communications solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and EDMI Limited, providers of global smart metering solutions, announced their partnership to bring innovative smart grid solutions to EDMI’s expanding global markets. EDMI has integrated On-Ramp’s RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) network technology into a variety of smart grid solutions for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications.

EDMI’s metering portfolio includes a comprehensive range of premium quality metering products, advanced infrastructure and energy management systems. The On-Ramp Wireless RPMA Network is currently integrated into a number of EDMI’s smart electric meter deployments in the Asia-Pacific region and future deployments will also include water meter solutions for opportunities into a variety of new geographies.

“The partnership with EDMI is integral to increasing our reach in the Asia-Pacific region and new markets,” said Kevin Hell, President and Chief Executive Officer, On-Ramp Wireless. “On-Ramp’s field-proven RPMA technology delivers enhanced network coverage and capacity for EDMI’s smart metering ecosystem and our continued collaboration will provide best-in-class technology solutions for their expanding smart grid network.”

On-Ramp’s RPMA Network is the first wireless system designed from the ground up for low-power, wide-area, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.  On-Ramp’s RPMA Network offers more coverage, capacity and flexibility than other IIoT and M2M wireless technologies, including cellular, mesh and emerging narrowband long-range alternatives. On-Ramp’s innovative technology approach delivers proven, industry leading wireless coverage and capacity for tens of thousands of devices per infrastructure point and operation in the globally license-free 2.4 GHz IEC band to reach critical assets in urban, rural or even underground environments.

EDMI offers a comprehensive range of smart meters and metering systems which enable its customers to manage their distribution, load consumption and meter data resources more efficiently. EDMI has produced over five million smart meters and has over 10 business units throughout the globe.

“EDMI works with On-Ramp Wireless as a technology partner because its products are differentiated from the rest of the market, said Lee Kwang Mong, Group Managing Director, EDMI Limited. “On-Ramp’s RPMA technology provides an unprecedented IIoT wireless solution and is a cost-effective and mission-critical solution for the demanding requirements of the utility industry.”

About On-Ramp Wireless, Inc.
On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. The On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within smart grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing and location tracking. For more information, visit www.onrampwireless.com or follow us on Twitter @OnRampWireless.

About EDMI Limited
EDMI Limited is one of the leading Smart Energy Solutions providers in the world. EDMI is focused on designing, developing and manufacturing innovative and technologically advanced energy meters and smart energy solutions for the global utility industry. Our metering portfolio includes a comprehensive range of premium quality meter products, communications equipment and supporting software systems.

With over 35 years’ experience of manufacturing smart meters and millions of EDMI smart meters installed worldwide, EDMI’s products are tried and tested, giving you the confidence of working hand in hand with a company with a proven track record. For more information, visit us at www.edmi-meters.com.

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Media Contacts:

Kirsten Garvin
Sr. Marketing Manager
On-Ramp Wireless
Email:  kirsten.garvin@onrampwireless.com
Phone:  +1-858-312-6462

Eriko Kanda
Marketing Communication Manager
EDMI Limited
Email: eriko.kanda@edmi-meters.com
Phone +65 6751 2616


On-Ramp Wireless to Showcase Connectivity Solutions for Grid Edge, AMI and Other Utility Applications at DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 27, 2015 – On-Ramp Wireless, a leading provider of wireless communications solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), will be highlighting its smart grid communication solutions at the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition in Booth #1007, taking place February 3-5 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

During DistribuTECH, the company will showcase its On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) Network which provides lower cost, deeper coverage and substantial performance benefits over other wide-area wireless technology for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation, intelligent lighting, demand response and a host of smart grid applications.

On-Ramp will be featuring products integrated with RPMA technology from an array of industry technology partners. The company will also be demonstrating its multi-application network solutions including AMI, distribution automation, pressure monitoring and street lighting.

“Since On-Ramp’s appearance last year at DistribuTECH, we have increased our global RPMA Network deployments and augmented our partnership ecosystem to provide customers with the most powerful communication network and services available,” said Francis Costello, SVP Product and Ecosystem Management, On-Ramp Wireless. “The DistribuTECH event reaches the technology influencers of the transmission and distribution industry and we look forward to showcasing our innovations to this audience once again.”

On-Ramp Wireless will be exhibiting in Booth #1007. To schedule an on-site meeting at DistribuTECH, please contact On-Ramp Wireless at info@onrampwireless.com.

About On-Ramp Wireless, Inc.
On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. The On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within smart grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing and location tracking. For more information, visit www.onrampwireless.com or follow us on Twitter @OnRampWireless.

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Media Contact:

Kirsten Garvin
Sr. Marketing Manager
On-Ramp Wireless
Email:  kirsten.garvin@onrampwireless.com
Phone:  +1-858-312-6462


MeterLinq and On-Ramp Wireless Partner to Deliver New Secure, Reliable Wireless Connectivity Solutions for AMI and Additional Utility Applications

MeterLinq’s award-winning MeterNet solution powered by the On-Ramp Wireless RPMA network

PADOVA, Italy and SAN DIEGO – Dec. 2, 2014 – MeterLinq srl, providers of secure telemetry and remote-management infrastructure for smart metering and smart grid services and applications, and On-Ramp Wireless, a leading provider of wireless communications solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that the On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) network technology will be integrated into MeterLinq’s award-winning MeterNet solution to provide enhanced connectivity for critical utility applications.

MeterLinq’s MeterNet solution is a multi-service network infrastructure designed for meter and sensor reading and management, based on the UNI TS 11291 standard. MeterNet provides high-reliability, enhanced security and coverage in harsh environments with minimal energy usage. MeterNet is currently deployed in water, gas and power distribution networks in various sites throughout Italy. It easily integrates with wired and wireless TLC networks and simplifies the management of AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) for operators and utilities.

“We selected On-Ramp’s RPMA technology in order to provide our customers with secure and reliable communication throughout the network, while reducing their cost of deployment,” said Massimo Cesaro, chief technology officer, MeterLinq.  “The On-Ramp solution was best suited for MeterLinq’s needs as it offered more coverage and capacity than competitive options and was field-proven with industrial internet of things applications throughout the globe. On-Ramp’s RPMA technology gives MeterLinq the freedom to design and deliver innovative smart city applications, meeting the most demanding industry requirements such as those of the gas smart metering market in Italy.”

On-Ramp’s RPMA Network is the first wireless system designed from the ground up for low-power, wide-area, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Other wireless technologies for the IoT and M2M communications including cellular, mesh and emerging narrowband long-range technologies lack the reach, capacity and flexibility of the On-Ramp RPMA Network. On-Ramp’s innovative approach leverages industry leading -142 dBm of receive sensitivity, capacity for tens of thousands of devices per infrastructure point and operation in the globally license-free 2.4 GHz IEC band to reach critical assets in urban, rural or even underground environments.

MeterLinq performed rigorous field evaluations with the On-Ramp RPMA network solution and ultimately based its selection on the product’s superior network coverage range and capacity.

“MeterLinq is leading the industry with simplified AMI management products,” said Kevin Hell, president and chief executive officer, On-Ramp Wireless. “We are pleased to be working with MeterLinq to provide enhanced connectivity options utilizing the On-Ramp Wireless RPMA Network – reducing deployment complexity while increasing network reach, capacity and scalability for their operator and utility customers.”


About MeterLinq srl
Located in Padova , Italy, MeterLinq plans, develops and builds secure telemetry and remote management AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) to provide services and applications for smart metering and smart grid to the energy, gas, water, district heating and CHP (combined heat and power) markets. The company’s reference targets are distributors and retailers of energy services, multi-utilities and public administration. For more information on MeterLinq, visit www.meterlinq.com or follow us on Twitter @MeterLinq.

About On-Ramp Wireless, Inc.
On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. The On-Ramp Wireless RPMA® Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within smart grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing and location tracking. For more information, visit www.onrampwireless.com or follow us on Twitter @OnRampWireless.

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Media Contacts:

Chiara Toninello
Marketing Assistant
MeterLinq
Email:  chiara.toninello@meterlinq.com
Phone:  +390498075260

Kirsten Garvin
Sr. Marketing Manager
On-Ramp Wireless
Email:  kirsten.garvin@onrampwireless.com
Phone:  +1-858-312-6462


On-Ramp Wireless™ Appoints Former Verizon Executives Ivan Seidenberg and Richard Lynch to Board Roles

Telecom veterans will guide company through next phase of strategic growth as it deploys a world-class wireless platform for connecting the Internet of Things

 

San Diego, Calif. – March 27, 2014 – On-Ramp Wireless, a leading provider of wireless solutions for M2M communications, announced today that former Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg has joined its board of directors, and former Verizon EVP and Chief Technology Officer Richard ”Dick” Lynch has joined its advisory board. Mr. Seidenberg and Mr. Lynch each bring a wealth of wireless industry and management expertise to On-Ramp from their extensive careers in telecommunications. Their decision to join On-Ramp further validates the company’s vision and business plan as it builds its wireless communications platform for delivering on the full promise of the Internet of Things. In their roles, Mr. Seidenberg and Mr. Lynch will advise On-Ramp on scaling the company, working with large partners, and expanding into global markets.

Analysts predict that billions of devices will be connected in the next evolutionary wave of the Internet. To make this possible, the market will need to turn to more economically-viable wireless network alternatives, such as low power, wide-area networks. On-Ramp’s Total Reach Network, with its patented RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology, delivers unprecedented reach, capacity and flexibility for wide-area M2M communications. Operating in unlicensed spectrum, the On-Ramp solution uses signal processing innovations to find weak signals even in high noise environments or over large distances with immunity to high interference. Already proven within the Electric Utility and Oil & Gas markets, On-Ramp’s Total Reach Network provides the coverage and capacity for the monitoring and management of corporate assets without the costs and operational burdens inherent in other network technologies.

“Having experienced the growth of the cellular industry and the hundreds of millions of users who have been connected, I am energized to now be involved in growing the use of low-power networks to connect billions of unconnected devices,” said Seidenberg. “Though these devices are inherently different, the strategy of building the business structure is the same. I am impressed by On-Ramp’s vision and future plans, and believe that it is a leading communications technology for a large majority of future M2M applications.”

As a telecommunications industry pioneer, Mr. Seidenberg led Verizon since its inception in 2000 to his retirement in 2011. Since 2012, he has been an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, a boutique investment banking firm. In addition to his role as CEO of Verizon Communications, Mr. Seidenberg held numerous advisory roles including chairing the Business Roundtable. Currently he is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences’ President’s Council and serves on the board of trustees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Hall of Science, Pace University, and on the Board of Directors of BlackRock, Inc.

“I am impressed by On-Ramp’s RPMA technology and the opportunity that it provides to accelerate the inevitable connection of billions of previously unreachable endpoints, such as intelligent monitoring devices and machines,” said Lynch. “The reliability, security, and cost points made possible by On-Ramp’s technology and network design mitigate a huge chunk of the problems which, until now, have prevented these endpoints from being reached. There are so many industry segments that can benefit from this technology, and I am eager to see the On-Ramp team bring its technology to these new markets.”

With over 39 years of experience in telecommunications, including as the CTO of Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless and its predecessors, Mr. Lynch has been at the forefront of selecting and deploying wireless technology solutions; he was responsible for the selection of CDPD, CDMA, EV-DO and LTE for use within the Verizon network. Currently Mr. Lynch is president of FB Associates which provides advisory and consulting services at the intersection of technology, marketing, and business operations. Mr. Lynch is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has been awarded patents in the field of wireless communications. He has served on the boards of numerous industry organizations including the GSM Association, the CDMA Development Group, and as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee and Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council. Mr. Lynch currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ruckus Wireless, Sonus Networks, and Blackberry.

“Having not one, but two, industry pioneers advising us is a great honor and testament to the strength of On-Ramp’s wireless technology and business, which was purpose-built to connect the Internet of Things,” said Kevin Hell, president and CEO, On-Ramp Wireless. “With their deep experience and relationships in the wireless market, Ivan and Dick will undoubtedly bring tremendous strategic insights to the company and help us build valuable go-to-market partnerships.”

Don Telage, Chairman of On-Ramp Wireless, remarked, “We are pleased to welcome Ivan and Dick to On-Ramp and we look forward to working with them closely to fully deliver on the tremendous market potential of the company’s next generation RF technology.”  Barak Bussel, Managing Partner of Third Wave Ventures added, “As lead investor in On-Ramp, we believe Ivan and Dick will help position the company for strong growth across new geographies and vertical markets.”

About On-Ramp Wireless

On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. The On-Ramp Wireless Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within Smart Grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing, and location tracking. For more information, visit www.onrampwireless.com or follow @onrampwireless.

Media Contact

Christa Gorham

Director of Communications

On-Ramp Wireless

Email: christa.gorham@onrampwireless.com

Phone: 858-312-8383