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IndustryMachine to Machine, Internet of Things, wireless
Founded2008 (2008)
FoundersTed Myers, Rob Boesel, Joaquin Silva
United States
Number of employees

Ingenu, formerly known as On-Ramp Wireless, is a provider of wireless networks. The company focuses on machine to machine (M2M) communication by enabling devices to become Internet of Things (IoT) devices.


Ingenu was founded in 2008 as On-Ramp Wireless; by the end of 2014, it was valued at $72 million according to data from PitchBook.[1]

On September 1, 2010, the World Economic Forum announced the company as a Technology Pioneer for 2011.[2]

On April 4, 2011, Bloomberg announced the company as a 2011 New Energy Pioneer.[3]

The company was renamed to Ingenu in September 2015.[4] Initially the company focused on utilities, but in 2012 expanded to the gas and oil verticals.[5] The Ingenu brand launch in September 2015 coincided with the announcement of the Machine Network, Ingenu's public network dedicated to machine connectivity.[6]


Using the free 2.4 GHz ISM bands, Ingenu’s hardware has been tested at over a 30-mile range in the 2.4 GHz free ISM band while maintaining low power operation. It is optimized for robustness, range and capacity.[7][8]

As of September 2015 the company has operations in 20 countries and employs 130 people around the world.[9]


Ingenu owns RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access), holding 32 patents and utilizes it for all its network build outs.[9][10] RPMA is used in GE's AMI metering.[11] RPMA is also used for oil and gas field automation, or digital oilfield.[12] The technology includes network appliances, the microNode radio module, a reference Application Communication Module for development platform, and a general I/O device.[13]

The Machine Network[edit]

In September 2015, Ingenu announced a buildout of "the Machine Network", a public network exclusively for machines supported by RPMA technology.[9][10][14] The network will begin in the US, and as of the launch had 55,000 square miles.[9] The company plans to cover Phoenix and Dallas by the end of 2015 with coverage across the United States complete by the end of 2017.[10][15] The Machine Network also has coverage in Europe starting with nationwide coverage of Italy, through a partnership with Meterlinq.[16]

Private networks[edit]

Ingenu has 38 private, regional, machine-to-machine networks globally covering 60,000 square miles of territory.[4][9][14] One of these networks is owned by San Diego Gas & Electric.[9] At the announcement of the Machine Network, Ingenu indicated it would continue to support and pursue private networks.[4]


  1. ^ "10 most valued Internet of Things startups from around the world". "Hot Topics". 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-10.
  2. ^ Thirty-One Visionary Companies Selected as Technology Pioneers 2011
  3. ^ "Bloomberg New Energy Finance Honors Ten New Energy Pioneers". Bloomberg. 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  4. ^ a b c "On-Ramp Wireless rebrands as Ingenu and launches US-wide M2M wireless public network". M2M Now. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  5. ^ "Ingenu Plans Nationwide Wireless Network for Internet of Things". Xconomy. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
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  7. ^ "The Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid". Greentech Media. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  8. ^ "Smarter idea for smart grid signals?". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Freeman, Mike (2015-09-08). "On-Ramp Wireless becomes Ingenu, launches nationwide IoT network". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  10. ^ a b c "Ingenu Launches the US's Newest IoT Network". Light Reading. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  11. ^ John, Jeff St (2013-02-01). "GE Dives Into AMI Fray With On-Ramp Wireless : Greentech Media". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  12. ^ "WellAware Launches as New San Antonio Company for Oilfield Communications/Software-as-a-Service; Unique Eagle-Ford Network Operational; Welder Exploration & Production First Customer". 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
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  14. ^ a b Goldstein, Phil. "On-Ramp Wireless becomes Ingenu, touts purpose-built network for Internet of Things". FierceWireless. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  15. ^ "Former Verizon, Qualcomm execs back Ingenu M2M network". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  16. ^ "Ingenu, Meterlinq to roll out public IoT network in Italy". Retrieved 2015-09-14.

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