Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Taoglas acquires IoT engineering company Firmwave

Steve Rogerson
August 13, 2019



Antenna maker Taoglas has acquired fellow Irish firm Firmwave, an IoT product design and engineering company, to deliver IoT applications in healthcare, energy and utilities, supply chain and logistics, transportation, agriculture, and construction.
 
Many companies struggle with design engineering for complex IoT applications because they require a high level of integration. They want to take advantage of advances in imaging such as facial recognition, centimetre-level positioning, audio like speech recognition, and AI for motion sensing and analysis.
 
"Customers have long been asking Taoglas for more engineering support for the IoT," said Ronan Quinlan, co-CEO and co-founder of Taoglas. “They now want a one-stop-shop for IoT engineering services. 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 are headquartered in Ireland and already have a long history with each other. In the past two years, Taoglas has collaborated with Firmwave on Taoglas Shift, an artificial intelligence beam-steering antenna system for 5G networks. There has also been collaboration on other complex custom IoT projects such as for medical device maker HealthBeacon.
 
Now, Taoglas is combining its antenna and RF products with extra engineering services to help clients in IoT differentiate their product with these technologies, and speed up their time to market.
 
Firmwave was founded in 2015 by Adrian Burns, Ciaran Burns and Fintan McGovern and has developed IoT, AI and machine learning products for HealthBeacon, Vodafone, Glen Dimplex and other clients through its edge platform of hardware and software.
 
"We are excited to integrate our next-generation IoT design expertise and products into Taoglas," said Adrian Burns, CEO of Firmwave. “They have a global reputation for high-quality products. Their scale and unparalleled sales channels will accelerate the deployment of our hardware and software. Our customers will now benefit from access to the world-class Taoglas engineering team and their RF portfolio."
 
Taoglas has ten design, support and test centres in Ireland, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, China, and the USA, in-house manufacturing in Taiwan and the USA, and an online ordering system.