Taoglas looks to Next-Generation IoT with  Firmwave acquisition

Taoglas looks to Next-Generation IoT with Firmwave acquisition

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By Wisse Hettinga

Today many companies struggle with design engineering for complex Next-Generation IoT applications because they require a high level of integration. Many companies want to take advantage of advances in imaging like facial recognition; centimetre-level positioning (cm versus meter accuracy); audio like speech recognition; and AI for motion sensing and analysis.

Advancements in these four areas promise to open a world of Next-Generation IoT applications.

“Customers have long been asking Taoglas for more engineering support for their IoT solution. They now want a one-stop-shop for IoT engineering services,” said Ronan Quinlan, Co-CEO and Co-founder of Taoglas. “They don’t want to deal with multiple engineering teams, as they do today, to create each component of Next-Generation IoT. We are seeing increasingly complex IoT projects that are being delayed to market by this fundamental problem.”

Both companies headquartered in Ireland with facilities in DCU Alpha, already have a long history with each other. In the past two years, Taoglas has collaborated with Firmwave on Taoglas Shift, an artificial intelligence (AI) beam-steering antenna system for 5G networks. There has also been much collaboration on other complex custom IoT projects such as medical device maker HealthBeacon. Now Taoglas is combining its unique antenna and RF expertise with extra engineering services to help clients in IoT differentiate their product with these new technologies, and dramatically speed up their time to market.

Taoglas Shift is an AI LTE beam steering antenna system that is capable of dynamically adapting its antenna radiation patterns in real-time to extend coverage in areas of low signal quality. The Shift also increases the link quality compared to any standard antenna system on the market with can, in turn, lead to substantial throughput increases. It negates the need for expensive repeater systems to provide internet broadband connectivity. Further, Shift switches its link to another cell tower if one of the base stations goes down. It is ideal for providing extended coverage in underground car parks, rural areas and other areas that the cellular signals find hard to reach.

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