As a countdown to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, we’re profiling all 30 of our fellow 2011 Tech Pioneer award winners. Check our full profile series to learn more.
What they do:
Wireless communication technology is the unsung hero of many emerging technologies, from smart grids (electricity networks that save money and energy) to water-saving water systems monitoring technology to location tracking of mobile phones. On-Ramp’s Ultra-Link Processing (ULP) system enables the low-power monitoring and control applications used in these fancy futuristic technologies. The system is highly effective, picking up even the weakest signals–not to mention it costs much less than competitors’ offerings.
Why it’s cool:
Ever hear of the “Internet of things”? Basically, it’s the idea that everyday objects will all be networked and interconnected, wirelessly–likely using embedded chips. In this new world, misplaced or stolen objects could be immediately located; utility companies would always know exactly how much of a given resource was being used. On-Ramp Wireless’s technology is bringing us one step closer to this world.