Rancho Bernardo-based On-Ramp Wireless announced plans to build a national network for the Internet of Things and said it was relaunching the business under a new name, Ingenu.
The business said Sept. 9 that it was launching the Machine Network, which it bills as the industry’s first nationwide network built exclusively for machine-to-machine or Internet of Things connectivity.
The Internet of Things is the concept that normal everyday devices — such as an auto and household appliances — will exchange data.
Ingenu said the Machine Network currently covers more than 50,000 square miles in the United States. Metropolitan areas such as Phoenix and Dallas will be among the first cities connected via the Machine Network by January 2016, Ingenu said, adding that buildout will last through the end of 2017.
The company said it received a “significant” capital investment to fund network construction, but it offered no specifics on who supplied the capital and how much it received.
CrunchBase, the online database run by TechCrunch, says the company has received $123.6 million in investment. Investors have included Energy Technology Ventures (a project of GE Ventures, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips) and Third Wave Ventures. In 2013, the business said it was pursing work in the oil and gas sector.
In its new announcement, Ingenu said its network will be based on technology that it calls Random Phase Multiple Access, or RPMA.
The North County business made its announcements at the CTIA Super Mobility conference in Las Vegas.
John Horn is CEO of Ingenu. Richard Lynch, former CTO of Verizon Communications, is chairman of the board. Company advisers include Linkabit and Qualcomm co-founder Andrew Viterbi.