Startups in the EvoNexus program enjoy class A office, lab, and conference space in the incubator’s San Diego (La Jolla) and Irvine, California locations, provided in partnership with Irvine Company, the largest real estate developer in Southern California. When EvoNexus recently moved into its new, second-floor space in San Diego, the incubator gained a modern, 18,000 sq. ft. collaborative workspace. However, due to AT&T cellular tower locations, some of its startups lost or experienced weak cellular coverage.
“EvoNexus houses over 100 people on the second floor doing intensive hardware and software engineering, and AT&T subscribers could only get one bar on their phones when they stood in a certain area. Everywhere else, there was no coverage whatsoever,” explains Clay Melugin, CEO of Water Pigeon, an EvoNexus startup. “Not only was this very inconvenient, but it was problematic for those of us who rely on cellular coverage to run their business.”
This was particularly true for Water Pigeon, which delivers a fast, simple, secure way to implement automated water metering over cellular networks. With no indoor cellular coverage, the company had to resort to testing its product at an off-site lab, and was considering relocating its offices. “It’s impossible to run our product development business out of a location with no cellular coverage,” he says.