Minister Halligan announces €633,000 European Space Agency contract for Irish Group Taoglas

Taoglas to lead cutting edge European Research Project worth €633,000 awarded under ESA Satellite Communications Programme (ARTES)

Mr John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Skills & Innovation announced details of a significant project win by Taoglas during a visit to the company at its headquarters in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford on Friday 27th January 2017.

Taoglas secured the funding totaling €633,000 from the European Space Agency (ESA) with the support of Enterprise Ireland, the coordinating body for ESA in Ireland.


The funding has contributed towards a complex research, development and commercialization of our ZRM project, which combines the antenna elements, data router and Wi-Fi transceiver into a technology platform to provide an “Always Online” solution for fixed and mobile applications. Congratulating the company on its success, Minister Halligan stated:

“I am delighted to see a company in the South East winning such a high value contract from the European Space Agency. It points to the excellence in product development achieved by Taoglas, and is a superb example of how a growing number of Irish companies are benefiting from Irish Government investment in ESA”.

According to Tony McDonald, Enterprise Ireland’s ESA Programme Manager:

“Taoglas represents one of a growing number of Irish companies benefiting from ESA support, in the expanding IoT market. We expect to see further participation by Enterprise Ireland client companies in this specific sub sector in 2017”.

Taoglas is a 100% Irish owned Group founded by two Irish entrepreneurs, Ronan Quinlan and Dermot O’Shea, Joint Managing Directors. We are an innovative technology Group delivering antenna products and radio frequency (RF) solutions to global brands. Taoglas is a leader in IoT antenna technology with subsidiaries and world class design, engineering and testing facilities in Wexford, Ireland; San Diego, US; Munich, Germany; and Taoyuan County, Taiwan. We are fully committed to a long relationship with both Enterprise Ireland and ESA to enable Taoglas to expand their antenna and RF research and development center of excellence in Ireland.

Joint Managing Director Ronan Quinlan commented:

Minister John Halligan TD, speaking with Taoglas Joint CEO Ronan and Engineering Manager & Senior Antenna Engineer, EMEA, Sifiso.
Minister John Halligan TD, speaking with Taoglas Joint CEO Ronan and Engineering Manager & Senior Antenna Engineer, EMEA, Sifiso.

“As a customer-focused Group, Taoglas specialize in understanding and responding to the real needs of customers. We provide an entire antenna design and supply chain solution for wireless products to reduce our end customer’s product development time and component costs. Current solutions for complete connectivity utilise separate routers, antennas and multiple cables. They are complex and costly to install and may not be 100% reliable due to the cable insertion losses. We identified and addressed a need from our customers for a technology platform that is versatile and scalable with the back-haul capabilities to provide sufficient bandwidth for mobile applications, such as, rail, buses and marine.”

With the securing of this funding from ESA, Taoglas have been able to employ six highly skilled engineers to develop the technology platform, capable of covering Cellular LTE MIMO, GNSS, dual band Wi-Fi MIMO and Iridium communications in a compact form factor at a highly competitive price. They believe the technology platform to be a disruptive technology in the IoT marketplace and have received significant interest from major multinational router companies to fully commercialize the design.