Former NRECA CEO and Congressman Glenn English joins On-Ramp Wireless’ strategic advisory board

Appointment will enable further expansion of On-Ramp’s flexible, cost-effective wireless solution to connect the smart grid.

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San Diego—On-Ramp Wireless, a developer of wireless solutions for energy automation and M2M communications, announced that Glenn English, former CEO of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) the nation’s premier trade association representing the interest of member-owned electric utilities and a former 10 term Congressman, has joined its strategic advisory board. On-Ramp’s solution provides electric utility companies a single, cost-effective low-power, wide area wireless network for running multiple smart grid applications such as AMI, demand response and grid automation, delivering a faster ROI and lower total cost of ownership. Mr. English’s expertise in the rural electric utility industry will enable On-Ramp to further enhance its solution offering to meet the needs of its utility customers.

Currently, Mr. English is Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Heartland Energy Partners, a professional services firm that helps clients effectively develop and manage programs and assets in the fields of energy and environment, information technology, infrastructure protection and healthcare. Mr. English became the fourth CEO of NRECA in 1994 and led the organization for nearly two decades prior to his retirement in March 2013. Under his leadership utility cooperatives became a powerful presence on Capitol Hill and spearheaded the organizations efforts to serve its 42 million cooperative members by providing reliable and affordable energy. He also sat on the Agricultural Energy Work Group’s “25 by 25" Steering Committee, a group dedicated to increasing renewable energy resources that use agriculture and forestry products by 2025.

Prior to joining NRECA, Mr. English served 10 terms in the U.S. Congress representing Oklahoma’s 6th district. During his tenure, he served on the House Agriculture Committee and as chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, and Rural Development beginning in 1989. Mr. English was also a senior member of the Government Operation Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Information, Justice, and Agriculture from 1981 to 1989. He also served on numerous committees and legislation around rural electrification during this time.

“We are pleased that someone with Glenn’s extensive utility industry experience has joined On-Ramp’s strategic advisory board. Glenn’s knowledge in rural electrification and development will bring valuable insights to our team as we continue to build out On-Ramp’s system capabilities. The industry is already moving to Smart Grid 2.0 and we are well positioned to meet the growing demand for low power, wide area networks to connect assets across the Smart Grid,” said Kevin Hell, president and CEO, On-Ramp Wireless.

“Utilities, particularly rural ones, need a flexible and cost-effective solution as they migrate their metering, demand response, warning light monitoring and other applications to the Smart Grid. In looking at On-Ramp’s patented wireless technology, I believe they offer a multi-purpose network that delivers the capacity and flexibility utility companies need to make this transition. I am excited to be joining the team as a strategic advisor and bring these benefits to rural cooperatives,” said Glenn English.

On-Ramp’s patented Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) technology enables the unprecedented reach, capacity and scalability of its’ Total Reach Network for wide-area machine-to-machine communication. Operating in un-licensed spectrum, signal processing innovations find weak signals even in high noise environments or over large distances with immunity to high interference. This unmatched performance yields significantly lower infrastructure cost compared to other wireless networks.

To learn more about how M2M optimized RPMA wireless technology is enabling the world's fastest and most economical deployments of Smart Grid applications, please join On-Ramp Wireless at the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) National Town Meeting this Wednesday, July 10, in Washington, DC. Jason Wilson, vice president of business management and product development, will be speaking at a roundtable titled Smart Grid 2.0.

About On-Ramp Wireless

On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. The On-Ramp Wireless Network enables low-power monitoring and control applications within Smart Grid, oil and gas operations, water efficiency, industrial sensing, and location tracking.

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