Wexford internet of things player Taoglas engaged in largest city-based deployment of IoT in the world so far.
In the coming months some 3,200 smart sensors will be installed in street lights across the Californian city of San Diego in a partnership between the City and General Electric.
The vision is to use the city’s streetlights as the anchors of a digital network that will cut energy use, monitor air quality and even point out open parking spaces.
The secret sauce in each sensor is two antennas designed and made by a firm that was born in Wexford, Taoglas.
Named last year as the Irish high kings of IoT, Enniscorthy-based Taoglas last year revealed a $2m investment in an internet of things (IoT) centre in San Diego.
Taoglas is an under-the-hood global leader in the internet of things that most people at home in Ireland would never have heard of but is blazing a trail when it comes to antennas for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications like smart grids, home automation, and medtech. The stuff that will spawn household names in the 21st century.
The Taoglas IoTx Center is the first of its kind in North America. It is a kind of walk-in facility for product creators at some of the biggest tech and automotive brands to comfortably design and create IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) products.
Taoglas was founded in Enniscorthy by Dermot O’Shea and Ronan Quinlan in 2004. Employing more than 130 people worldwide, the “modest” company actually makes an annual turnover of around €32m and has ploughed its profits back into the company. The San Diego expansion is just one of a number of expansions that include investments in Taiwan and Germany, with plans to invest in a facility in France this year.
According to a study by Markets and Markets (2016), the global smart cities market size is set to quadruple in the next five years and by 2022 it will be worth more than $1.2bn, reflecting a growth rate of 23.1pc per annum. The market has been segmented into four major sectors including transportation, utilities, buildings and smart citizen services which are responding to the needs of connectivity, fast telecom provision, a rapid increase in population and hyper urbanisation.