WASHINGTON — Smart Cities Week – Ingenu Inc.™, the pioneer in delivering connectivity exclusively to machines, and Vula Telematix, a leading provider of network solutions for South Africa’s telecommunications and energy markets, today announced the availability of the Machine Network™ in the Western Cape region of South Africa. Vula Telematix, an Ingenu Global Licensing Partner, is the exclusive provider of the Machine Network in South Africa and will be building out the nationwide RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) network to serve the country’s population of over 52 million.
This public IoT (Internet of Things) network is powered by Ingenu’s patented RPMA communication technology, which provides robust, reliable connectivity across a variety of operating environments. The cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria will utilize the RPMA network to deliver smart grid and smart city services. RPMA services will expand to additional cities in the near future.
Vula Telematix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vula Investments Group, is a provider of telecommunications and smart energy services to the technology industry in South Africa. The company has a rich heritage of delivering innovative and viable solutions to support the country’s ongoing sustainability initiatives.
“The availability of the Machine Network to the Drakenstein Municipality in Paarl, Cape Town, will provide a multitude of smart energy services to its customers and will enable limitless opportunities for future smart city initiatives,” said Agnat Max Makgoale, CEO of Vula Telematix. “Following the initial roll-out, we will expand the network to provide truly ubiquitous IoT coverage throughout South Africa to support the region’s sustainability and technology initiatives.”
Ingenu is currently building out its Machine Network in the U.S. and is on pace to have 30 major markets covered by the end of 2016. The company is also partnering with global strategic companies like Vula Telematix to build nationwide public networks specifically for IoT traffic in their respective countries.
“Vula Telematix has worked diligently to quickly deploy the Machine Network in South Africa and provide machine connectivity to this growing region,” said John Horn, CEO of Ingenu. “The powerful RPMA network is uniquely designed to support existing IoT applications, with the longevity and capacity to accommodate growth. This enables IoT providers such as Vula Telematix to leverage the network and expand its customer ecosystem without the need for additional infrastructure investment.”
Utilizing globally available spectrum, Ingenu’s RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology is purpose-built for M2M/IoT connectivity, offering unparalleled range, coverage and capacity with extremely low power requirements and longer-lasting battery life. It uniquely enables devices to connect more efficiently and cost-effectively in both the uplink and downlink. Requiring fewer towers to provide coverage to large areas (1:10 to 1:30 radio towers needed for RPMA vs. cellular), RPMA is rapidly becoming a global standard for IoT communication. For more information on RPMA technology, visitwww.ingenu.com/technology/rpma/.
About Ingenu Inc.
Ingenu™ is building the first wireless Machine Network™, the world’s largest IoT network dedicated to LPWA (low-power, wide-area) connectivity for machines only. Operating on universal spectrum, the company’s RPMA® technology is a proven standard for connecting Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices around the world, with 38 private networks deployed over seven years. The Machine Network will have further reach, global range and longer lasting battery life than any existing network. It is also future-proof: enabling technology solution providers to maximize their product’s efficiency and longevity, with unparalleled control and visibility. Ingenu is led by a highly experienced team and backed by one of the strongest boards in the industry, including veterans from Verizon and Qualcomm. Information about Ingenu can be found atwww.ingenu.com, or follow us on Twitter @ingenunetworks.
About Vula Telematix
Vula Telematix, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vula Investments Group, is an exclusive licensee for Ingenu for the Southern African region charged with rolling out the Machine Network South Africa. The Vula Investment Group was founded in 1994 and is credited with successful businesses such a Wireless Business Solutions, which amongst other accolades provided wireless connectivity for the first lottery network, Uthingo and iBurst, South Africa’s first wireless data network. Vula is a significant player and a pioneer of black participation in the telecommunication and energy industry in South Africa. Information about Vula Telematix can be found at www.vulatelematix.co.za or follow us on twitter @vulatelematix.