Ingenu partners with u-blox to bring global ISM band IoT modules to market

John Horn, CEO, Ingenu

Ingenu Inc.™, which delivers connectivity exclusively to machines, and u‑blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, have announced a strategic partnership.

The agreement will enable the next generation of Ingenu’s patented RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology to serve global opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

The two companies have agreed that u-blox will develop and manufacture products supporting RPMA technology. RPMA is a low-power wide-area channel access method used exclusively for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication on the Internet of Things (IoT). And, because RPMA utilises the globally available 2.4 GHz 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 solutions to market.

The u-blox modules feature 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, 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.”

Andreas Thiel, executive vice president and co-founder of u-blox
Andreas Thiel, executive vice president and co-founder of u-blox

With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox develops and markets wireless modules and semiconductors for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. The u-blox nested form factor allows customers to maintain form factor and software continuity to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of modules.

u-blox is focused on connecting devices to the Internet of Things 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 in Q4 2016.

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