Company leverages position as key supplier of private broadband industrial wireless data networks to enter new markets and provide mission-critical communications solutions
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2018 — Ondas Holdings Inc. (OTC: ONDS), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ondas Networks Inc. (the “Company”), a developer of private licensed wireless data networks for mission-critical industrial markets, today provided an update on its business development and growth strategy. In March 2018, Ondas Networks Inc. (“Ondas Networks”) launched a major growth initiative focused on developing its customer service and support capabilities to support the expansion of marketing activities in new critical infrastructure end markets while also driving eco-system development around its standards-based FullMAX suite of wireless networking products.
Ondas Networks launched its expansion plan after the worldwide wireless industrial standard titled IEEE 802.16s was published in late 2017. The standard was created with the participation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), and key utilities. IEEE 802.16s is the only telecommunications standard that has been developed specifically for mission critical industries and not for the consumer market. The adoption of this standard has stimulated demand across a number of critical infrastructure markets that require secure and reliable communications, including electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities, oil and gas producers, transportation and government entities.
Ondas Networks believes these end markets are poised for substantial growth as next generation wireless technologies emerge including those based on IEEE 802.16s. Critical infrastructure providers require connectivity solutions that can ensure network security, reliability and availability enabling MC-IoT applications. Firms such as Cisco and Gartner forecast the proliferation of billions of Internet-connected devices by 2020 and critical infrastructure providers will be key beneficiaries of the business productivity provided by those MC-IoT applications. Ondas Networks is working with its customers to drive market growth and stimulate a multi-vendor eco-system around the IEEE 802.16s standard.
To support its business goals, Ondas Networks has significantly grown its team over the last six months with an emphasis on expanding its customer service and support functions across key market verticals. Of note, the Company:
– Appointed Suresh Palliparambil as Chief Revenue Officer of Ondas Networks, who is responsible for defining and executing global sales and business development activities. Palliparambil possesses experience in technology sales, business development, and operations at both start-up and established, high-growth companies including DHL and NXP Semiconductors.
– Hired Kathy Nelson as Director of Technical Product Marketing and Industry Relations for Ondas Networks, who is supporting growth across all industrial verticals. Nelson has built a successful career driving the deployment of wireless data and voice communications systems for one of the nation’s leading wholesale electricity providers and spending nearly a decade on the Board of Directors for the Utility Technology Council where she also served as Chairwoman. Ms. Nelson is a recipient of the Electric Power Research Industry (EPRI) Technology Transfer Award for her work on Field Area Networks.
– Established a new Transportation Business Unit for Ondas Networks led by Jim Taylor who recently joined from GE Transportation to serve as the Business Unit President along with Paul Wagner who joined from DXC Technology to serve as the Business Unit’s Vice President. Taylor and Wagner join Wayne Tatro, a rail industry veteran who previously joined Ondas as a strategic advisor. Taylor will lead strategic planning, market development and growth of the transportation division while leveraging Tatro’s decades of experience implementing high growth business plans leveraging new technologies in the rail industry. Wagner will be responsible for growing Ondas Networks’ transportation-focused team and expanding its presence within this sector.
“We will continue to invest in the substantial MC-IoT market opportunities being opened by our standards-based FullMAX wireless solutions,” said Eric Brock, Chief Executive Officer of Ondas Holdings. “That means adding to our first-class engineering and customer support teams, driving awareness to support the adoption of the IEEE 802.16s standard, and seeking to build partnerships within a multi-vendor eco-system for our connectivity solutions. As we evolve the organization to address new market opportunities around the world, we will strive to grow our customer-base and revenue, establishing Ondas Networks as a leading designer and manufacturer of wireless networking technology products and eco-system partner.”