California’s Riverside Public Utilities selects Ingenu’s Machine Network for smart city initiative

Ingenu™, a company delivering connectivity exclusively to machines, announced that the City of Riverside, California, has selected Ingenu’s Machine Network™ to provide network connectivity for the city’s electricity distribution infrastructure.

32” Omni antenna mounted to a tower
32” Omni antenna mounted to a tower

The Machine Network, a public Internet of Things (IoT) network powered by Ingenu’s patented RPMAÒ (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology, provides considerable benefit to Riverside Public Utilities and its municipal customers by bringing secure and scalable coverage, while enabling comprehensive monitoring of the electrical grid, and reducing the time it takes to isolate and repair outages on the network. The city is the first customer on The Machine Network in Riverside.

“The Machine Network enhances the city’s ability to deliver reliable energy to its over 108,000 residential and business customers and allows for rapid identification and resolution of outage events,” said Girish Balachandran, Riverside Public Utilities general manager. “Ingenu’s RPMA technology provides us with an efficient and powerful solution for electricity distribution monitoring today, and can be scaled to meet our diverse needs into the future.”

Interior view of a basestation cabinet with RPMA access points and associated networking and power equipment.
Interior view of a basestation cabinet with RPMA access points and associated networking and power equipment.

The Machine Network utilises the city’s existing infrastructure to deploy the network access points, which connect a variety of RPMA-enabled devices. The city is currently utilising devices such as fault circuit indicators to ensure reliable communication for critical power distribution, and has the ability to add applications as requirements change, without the need for additional network investment.

“The City of Riverside is taking an innovative step towards becoming a smart city, starting with the adoption of RPMA technology via the Machine Network,” said Tom Gregor, Ingenu’s president and general manager – Machine Network. “As a municipal energy provider, Riverside Public Utilities is able to provide a distinct advantage for its utility customers while also enabling the rapid development and deployment of various IoT applications. We are pleased to be collaborating with Riverside in providing best-in-breed technology for monitoring their valuable utility assets.”

Exterior view of a basestation cabinet
Exterior view of a basestation cabinet

Ingenu’s Machine Network is the first nationwide wireless public network dedicated entirely to Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity. The network is currently operating on 38 private networks across the globe, with construction underway on nationwide public networks in more than 20 countries. The Ingenu Machine Network build-out is currently in progress and will continue expansion to over 30 major metropolitan areas within the United States throughout 2016.

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