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Trilliant acquires Ingenu’s smart grid business

Steve Rogerson
November 17, 2015
Smart communications platform company Trilliant is buying connectivity company Ingenu’s smart grid applications business.
As a result, Trilliant will assume fellow California-based Ingenu’s smart grid customers as well as its AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) management software.  Trilliant will also license Ingenu’s RPMA random phase multiple access network technology to integrate into its smart communications platform.
Purpose-built for M2M connectivity, Ingenu’s RPMA technology has been deployed on more than 35 networks across the globe, enabling a host of smart utility and smart city applications in demanding environments. RPMA is claimed to provide exceptional coverage, capacity, network longevity and performance, driving a compelling business case for various smart grid deployments, and is suited to address cost-effectively the major industry trend towards opt-in and targeted smart grid deployments.
The addition of RPMA technology to the Trilliant platform complements the company’s multi-tier RF mesh and cellular services, all leveraging its fully integrated network management and UnitySuite smart metering head end system. This multi-technology approach lets utilities choose the right combination of technologies today, and allows for the evolution of communications systems in the future – all with consistent business processes.
“With a multitude of proven worldwide deployments, Ingenu’s RPMA technology offers extremely reliable and robust communications for smart grid connectivity,” said Andrew White, Trilliant’s chairman and chief executive officer. “The addition of RPMA to our smart communications platform will provide utilities with the simplicity of one platform supporting multiple technologies that is built with open standards, and having broad industry support. Additionally, Trilliant’s decades-long expertise in AMI and smart grid integration will provide Ingenu’s utility customers with a rich set of services to manage their valuable network assets.”
Under the agreement, Ingenu will continue to develop and support the network infrastructure based on its RPMA technology. The transition of the company’s smart grid business to Trilliant will let Ingenu enhance its network ecosystem partnerships and focus on the implementation of its recently announced machine network strategy.
“We are looking forward to working with Trilliant to bring enhanced capabilities and connectivity options to the utility market,” said John Horn, chief executive officer at Ingenu. “As a leader in the smart grid space, Trilliant is the right partner to serve the utility vertical market. Trilliant’s acquisition of the Ingenu smart grid business will allow us to shift resources and focus on enhancing our RPMA technology while expanding the machine network.”
• New Netz, a German utility serving about 500,000 customers in the Lower Rhine region, has selected Trillant to provide smart grid and smart metering communications for the its smart grid pilot project.
“Trilliant’s proven smart grid expertise and technology provide us with a well-rounded solution that possibly can help us making our grid smarter,” said Albrecht Mensenkamp, grid operations executive of New Netz. “Trilliant would help us to eventually be able to deliver the benefits of smart grid to our operations and customers.”