Irish IoT player to power the eyes of the smart home

12 May 2017

The Lighthouse intelligent assistant uses AI and technology derived from self-driving cars to power the smart home. Image: Lighthouse

Antennas from Irish IoT powerhouse Taoglas are keeping the innovative Lighthouse smart security camera connected at all times.

Wexford and San Diego-based internet of things (IoT) player Taoglas has been revealed as the wireless magic provider behind the innovative Lighthouse smart camera for securing the smart home.

Powered by artificial intelligence, Lighthouse’s interactive assistant is a camera and sensing platform that interprets actions and then utilises the cloud to provide the homeowner with constant awareness of what’s happening inside the home.

‘Lighthouse is bringing the next generation of home intelligence to the market’

The camera features advanced 3D-mapping technology, similar to self-driving cars.

 AI-driven home security

Reliable connectivity to Wi-Fi is key, and the interactive assistant utilises Taoglas’s FXP830 Freedom antenna to provide the right level of performance.

This antenna is unique in the market because it is made from poly-flexible material and has double-sided 3M tape for easy ‘peel and stick’ mounting.

Taoglas was founded in Enniscorthy by Dermot O’Shea and Ronan Quinlan in 2004. Last year, the company revealed a $2m investment in an IoT centre in San Diego.

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.

“Reliable connectivity to Wi-Fi within the home is a critical factor in the success of the Lighthouse product, and Lighthouse needed an antenna that could fit in ‘just the right spot’ of the device,” said Zach Brand, director of hardware at Lighthouse.

“But it also provides the ability to connect to the home’s Wi-Fi access point robustly and at a good range. Because the Lighthouse system relies on always-on connectivity, we needed very high-performance antennas.

“By using the Taoglas Freedom antennas, we ensure that we have an excellent antenna to minimise data and signal loss. It’s a world-class antenna for a world-class product.”

In February, Taoglas revealed a new class of 5G antennas, featuring an interlocking system that enables operators to deploy 5G networks in a modular, Lego-like fashion.

Lighthouse also needed custom cable lengths to connect these antennas, and Taoglas was able to quickly supply those using its Cable Wizard, its quick-turn custom cable and antenna assembly operation, through its purpose-built, 16,000 sq ft facility in San Diego.

“Lighthouse is bringing the next generation of home intelligence to the market, and needed a high-performance, small-form factor antenna to deliver always-on connectivity,” said O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas.

“Taoglas, via its advanced antenna designs, is proud to be enabling such a forward-looking company with the expertise and resources to bring this product to market.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years