Ingenu Inc, a company that delivers purpose-built IoT connectivity, and Upland Global Wireless Technology Ltd., providers of technology management and strategy services, announced yesterday that they would begin the deployment of a Machine Network in Nigeria.
The Internet of Things (IoT) network, powered by Ingenu’s RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology, will serve Nigeria’s population of approximately 184 million, providing reliable connectivity for IoT/M2M applications including, oil and gas, smart city, smart grid, agriculture and asset tracking.
The Nigerian Machine Network rollout has begun in Lagos, and will continue through the Niger Delta, initially monitoring key oil and gas assets in the petroleum-rich region of the country. The remainder of the network rollout is due for completion by late 2017, which will enable ubiquitous IoT connectivity across Nigeria’s more than 356,000 square miles of area.
In the challenging environment and rugged terrain of Nigeria, reliable network operation is paramount. Consequently, Upland Global Wireless Technology Ltd. evaluated an array of low-power, wide-area (LPWA) and cellular solutions, determining that Ingenu’s RPMA network far surpassed other technologies in terms of long-range coverage, secure two-way transmission, network capacity and cost savings. The RPMA network has since been deployed in real-world environments, most recently as part of the Shell Nigeria digital oilfield solution which saved the petroleum services company over $1 million in infrastructure investment, and took just weeks to implement.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with Ingenu to deploy RPMA technology across the whole country of Nigeria,” said Bola Awobamise, president and CEO of Upland Global Wireless Technology Ltd. “We have a successful history of collaboration in bringing innovative solutions to market, and we believe the IoT network will provide the country with distinct advantages in delivering useful applications to its citizens.”
“Upland Global has vast experience implementing private networks with Ingenu’s RPMA technology, and has deployed a host of IoT devices within the RPMA ecosystem,” said John Horn, chief executive officer, Ingenu. “Working with this innovative company, we look forward to expanding the global network to West Africa and bringing the benefits of IoT connectivity to Nigeria’s ever-expanding economy.”