Low-power IoT startup Ingenu struck a deal with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Compal Electronics to develop products supporting its proprietary Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) network, as it steps up efforts “to meet the growing demand for IoT connectivity worldwide”.
Ingenu, a specialist in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity, announced its global licencing strategy for its RPMA technology and solutions in February, and is currently rolling out the technology in the US.
The company claims to have established 38 private networks in more than 20 countries over the last seven years, and has agreed to provide public networks in 25 countries across six continents.
It is however facing increased competition in the IoT network space from other proprietary LPWA offerings developed by Sigfox and the LoRA Alliance, as well as the upcoming narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) standard from 3GPP (which has strong support from traditional mobile network vendors such as Huawei).
In a statement, Ingenu said its partnership with Compal will leverage the company’s global scale (it is one of the world’s largest notebook computer makers) to launch a “rich offering of RPMA enabled devices serving a variety of vertical industries, including asset management, transportation and logistics”.
The devices will also include “the next-generation RPMA module”, the picoNode, which will allow for increased development of the technology within small form factors.
A tieup with a large consumer electronics manufacturer makes sense for Ingenu, as the startup aims to scale its business.
“Having a robust ecosystem is key to the widespread adoption of RPMA technology, and with Compal’s strategic partnership, we are primed as a company to quickly scale to address the device needs of the IoT market,” said Ingenu CEO John Horn (pictured, left).
Earlier this year Horn told Mobile World Live why he is confident RPMA could steal a march over rival technology offerings. Horn is a strong believer that today’s mobile networks are not up to the job of supporting machine-to-machine communications.