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Loop Antenna

Smallest Loop Antenna for GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WLAN, and Zigbee applications

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At 10*3.2*1.5mm, the GWLA.05 is one of the smallest combination embedded antennas available worldwide. Taoglas GWLA.05, GPS L1 /2.4GHz embedded loop antenna is a high efficiency, miniature SMD, edge mounted ceramic antenna for GPS and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, WLAN, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and 802.11 applications. Customers can use this antenna for GPS and 2.4GHz (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) modules, rather than using two separate antennas. The GWLA.05 has two separate antenna feeds, making it the ideal choice for applications where there is limited PCB space. The GWLA.05 uses the main PCB as its ground plane, thereby maintaining good efficiency despite its small size. It can be tuned for different PCB sizes/environments by simply changing the values of the matching circuit. It is ideally mounted on the center edge of a ground-plane.

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Typical Applications – where both GPS and 2.4GHz are required:

– Navigation or Position Tracking Systems – Handheld Devices
– Tablet PCs – OBD Devices
– Gateways and Routers – Mobile Cameras
– UAV Communication Systems

Many module manufacturers specify peak gain limits for any antennas that are to be connected to that module. Those peak gain limits are based on free-space conditions. In practice, the peak gain of an antenna tested in free-space can degrade by at least 1 or 2 dBi when put inside a device. So ideally you should go for a slightly higher peak gain antenna than mentioned on the module specification to compensate for this effect, giving you better performance.

Upon testing of any of our antennas with your device and a selection of appropriate layout, integration technique, or cable, Taoglas can make sure any of our antennas’ peak gain will be below the peak gain limits. Taoglas can then issue a specification and/or report for the selected antenna in your device that will clearly show it complying with the peak gain limits, so you can be assured you are meeting regulatory requirements for that module.

For example, a module manufacturer may state that the antenna must have less than 2 dBi peak gain, but you don’t need to select an embedded antenna that has a peak gain of less than 2 dBi in free-space. This will give you a less optimized solution. It is better to go for a slightly higher free-space peak gain of 3 dBi or more if available. Once that antenna gets integrated into your device, performance will degrade below this 2 dBi peak gain due to the effects of GND plane, surrounding components, and device housing. If you want to be absolutely sure, contact Taoglas and we will test. Choosing a Taoglas antenna with a higher peak gain than what is specified by the module manufacturer and enlisting our help will ensure you are getting the best performance possible without exceeding the peak gain limits.

GWLA.05 2in1 GPS L1/GALILEO & Bluetooth/Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 10 * 3.2 * 1.5mm Embedded 2in1 Ceramic Loop Antenna

GPS L1 & Bluetooth / 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
Embedded 2in1 Ceramic Loop Antenna
Features : 10 * 3.2 * 1.5mm
GPS L1 and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Applications
Simplifies GPS/2.4GHz Circuits
Two Separate Feeds on one Chip Antenna
Low Profile, Small Footprint Antenna
SMD Surface-mount
RoHS & REACH Compliant

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Taoglas iDAS

Taoglas iDAS

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Wireless Connectivity has become a major consideration for building owners. As 80% of cellular connectivity occurs indoors the reliance on the LTE network poses a problem for large buildings which have little or no cellular coverage.

Taoglas provides a selection of iDAS (Indoor Distribution Antenna Systems) which will facilitate and provide coverage for smartphone usage and wireless internet to support smart buildings.

For applications such as smart lighting, heating management, connected security as well as monitoring, pollution and earthquake warning systems. Buildings today more than ever need a reliable network to be able to ensure the support of M2M and IoT connectivity.

Many hospitals, airports and stadiums will have reliable Wi-Fi but cellular coverage is still necessary for building owners. Cellular coverage has advantages of Wi-Fi because it is broader and is, therefore, more suitable for IoT. Furthermore, cellular data is encrypted whereas data over WiFi is not, making it a more secure solution for payment systems.

Networks using the LPWAN, CAT-M or NB-IoT using mobile networks will benefit from boosting the cellular network in buildings. The LPWA network ensures decreased power consumption costs while still providing a wide range of coverage.

LTE Public Safety networks in the US (FirstNet) and the UK, (ESN)  rely on cellular connectivity. While building infrastructure created problems for effective public safety communications in the past, iDAS creates a solution for building owners and for First Responders.

Finally, the installation of iDAS antennas decreases costs for the building owner because there is little or no need to install a large number of Wi-Fi routers in the building because cellular coverage is sufficient in order to decrease dependency on Wi-Fi connectivity.


  • iDAS.C.001 – MIMO LTE Ceiling Mount Omni Antenna

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  • iDAS.W.001 – MIMO LTE Wall Mount Omni Antenna Dims: 40mm*218mmØ

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Electric scooter

Taoglas and CalAmp Power OjO to Revolutionize the Electric Scooter Market

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Electric scooter sharing programs are a global phenomenon, with millions of them hitting city streets and college campuses from Portland, Oregon, to Paris, France. Scooters have matured well beyond a child’s driveway toy. They are an easy-to-use, low-cost, environmentally friendly first- and last-mile transportation solution for cities.

Those same cities have also had challenges with adoption and community acceptance as users don’t always obey the rules of the road or posted speed limits. Additionally, the scooters are often abandoned on city sidewalks or in out of the way places, making them difficult to retrieve and recharge. As cities navigate this new scooter conundrum, many are putting into place tighter regulations and, in a few cases, banning scooters altogether.

OjO, an electric scooter company based in Oxnard, California, wants to solve the challenge posed by how scooter companies’ existing models deal with cities and college campuses. To do so, it required a significant increase in functionality over other e-scooter micro-mobility offerings.

“Our goal is to create a safer, more collaborative e-scooter program for cities that want to have rideshare,” said Max Smith, CEO of OjO. “Initial entrants in the electric scooter sharing space were market disruptors. We have the technologies in place to help keep riders in check and help them comply with city regulations. We’re taking a different path by collaborating closely with municipalities and integrating advanced telematics to improve road safety and regulation compliance.”

When looking for solutions to help them bring their vision of a safer scooter environment to life, OjO had several key requirements on its wish list from its technology partners:

• GPS tracking
• Tilt detection
• SMS command capability
• Speed detection and thresholds
• Voltage and battery level tracking
• Smart Sleep state

OjO partnered with CalAmp, a technology solutions pioneer, and Taoglas, a leading provider of antennas and RF solutions for the IoT and transportation industries, to help realize its vision.

New Market Requirements
As leaders in their respective fields in telematics and IoT, both CalAmp and Taoglas are quite familiar with the requirements of the electric scooter market and other connected vehicle mobility and transportation applications. CalAmp’s smart telematics device was able to quickly check off the critical functionality: GPS information, speed control to limit scooter speed, battery level indicators, lock/unlock metric locks—everything a rider needs to rent a scooter using a downloadable app.

However, OjO wanted additional capabilities, new to the scooter market, to help it better partner with the cities and colleges at which it is launching. These included the ability to create geofences around areas where a scooter can be ridden and, even deeper, areas the ride may not be terminated such as busy city or campus sidewalks where parking is not allowed. This technology also allows for the enforcement of fines and penalties if riders don’t comply with city regulations, enforcing social responsibility on the rider to leave the scooter in a mannerly fashion or else they may be fined for non-compliance.

Another new requirement was the ability to throttle speed based on different zones established by the city, for example, cap the scooter’s top speed at 8-10 mph on campus bike lanes, within a tourist district of the city or within a school zone.

“These types of capabilities are new to the scooter industry, and important for sustainability and growth of the market,” OjO’s Smith said.

These new requirements needed a higher level of location precision that Taoglas enables. “For functionality like creating geozones, to encourage dropping off or picking up scooters in very specific areas, and speed control/throttling, it’s important to have very accurate location,” said Carl Burrow, senior vice president of global sales for CalAmp. “Taoglas’ technologically advanced and best performing antennas paired with our smart telematics technology helped make this a reality.”

The CalAmp smart telematics device contains two Taoglas antennas that are integrated and optimized specifically for the device topology to achieve maximum over-the-air performance in order to enhance send and receive efficiency. The PCB and housing were also custom made for OjO. The goal: to pass first time and on time the rigorous carrier certification tests required of every device that needs to be deployed successfully in volumes on global cellular networks. CalAmp and Taoglas worked closely together to determine the RF performance needs of the CalAmp device, and as always, designed and tested some of the hardware at Taoglas’ state-of-the-art testing chambers in San Diego. This allows CalAmp not only to optimize its design but to pre-test the device to ensure it will pass type and carrier approval. The CalAmp smart telematics device is now certified for use on the Verizon and AT&T networks.

Additional requirements included the need for the electronics utilized to be extremely robust and ruggedized, since scooters are outdoors in all kinds of weather, and are often dropped rather than parked. Taoglas CEO Dermot O’Shea puts the strenuous requirements this way: “Believe it or not, electric share scooters have the same specifications as a fighter jet when it comes to designing electronics.”

For Cities, It’s All About the Data
OjO’s business model includes cities front and center. “With other companies, data has been an afterthought,” OjO’s Smith said. “We wanted to approach things differently and help cities understand how, where and when scooters are being used, what routes are not being used, how long trips are, and so on. This will help them better plan for their smart city infrastructure. We needed a partner that could help us set up a system to capture the most comprehensive and accurate data possible, and CalAmp, with Taoglas inside, has delivered. We chose CalAmp because of its record and have been thrilled with the creativity, professionalism and deliverables.”

Together for Safer Roads® (TSR) is an innovative business coalition that brings together socially-minded private sector companies to collaborate on improving road safety. CalAmp is a member of TSR and has been coordinating with the group on best practices for road safety.
“Rolling out a well-organized shared mobility service with safety in mind requires close collaboration with municipalities. By using telematics technology such as geo-fencing and speed detection, micro-mobility providers can partner with local governments to improve safety, enforce proper usage and even facilitate better transit planning,” said David Braunstein, president of TSR.

The ability to establish geofences and throttle speeds based on location are groundbreaking additions to the scooter industry and help to set OjO apart from other electric scooter companies, OjO’s Smith said. “Everyone else has the same scooter, our scooter is unique to the marketplace and built to last,” he said. “We think we have a better hardware solution. It’s stronger, built better, and goes up to 50 miles vs. 15 miles that other scooters can travel between charges. With CalAmp and Taoglas as our technology partners, we are well-poised for success.”

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GGBSFTP.45.9.A.08 Antenna by Taoglas

GGBSFTP.45.9.A.08 Antenna by Taoglas

Courtesy of everything RF : GGBSFTP.45.9.A.08 Antenna by Taoglas

The GGBSFTP.45.9.A.08 is an embedded stacked passive patch antenna for GPS L1, GPS L2 and GPS L5 bands that supports GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. It delivers a gain of up to 2.5 dBi with an efficiency of up to 63%. This right-hand circular polarized antenna measures 45 x 45 x 9 mm and is ideal for Drones, Defense and Automotive applications. The GGBSFTP.45.9.A.08 is mounted via a pin and double sided adhesive. All Terrablast (Taoglas Antenna Series) antennas undergo rigorous temperature, vibration and impact tests and exceed the highest ISO16750 standards.

Product Details

    • Part Number : GGBSFTP.45.9.A.08
    • Manufacturer : Taoglas
    • Description : GPS L1/L2/L5, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou Single Feed Patch Antenna

General Parameters

    • Type : Patch
    • Directionality : Omni-Directional
    • Polarization : RHCP
    • Frequency : 1176.45 MHz, 1227.6 MHz, 1575.42 MHz
    • Gain : -4.9 to 2 dB, -0.8 to 2.5 dBi
    • Efficiency : 31 to 65 %
    • Industry : GNSS
    • Mounting : Surface Mount
    • Impedance : 50 Ohms
    • Multi Band : Yes
    • Dimension : 45 x 45 x 9 mm
    • Weight : 41.8 g
    • Operating Temperature : -30 to 85 Degrees C
    • Storage Temperature : -40 to 95 Degrees C
Taoglas Acquires ThinkWireless

Taoglas Acquires ThinkWireless, an Antenna Innovator in the Commercial Vehicle Industry

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Company’s acquisition will help grow presence in trucking, bus, off-road and motorcycle industry

SAN DIEGO – November 13, 2018 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and automotive antenna and RF solutions, today announced the completion of ThinkWireless, Inc., an antenna provider that specializes in the design, development and production of combination antenna systems for the commercial vehicle market.

The ThinkWireless brand will become ThinkWireless, a Taoglas company. ThinkWireless Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Argy Petros and Director of RF Technology Pierre Wassom will remain.

“Think Wireless has made a name for itself as a designer and developer of high-quality combination antenna systems with deep roots in the commercial trucking industry, where infotainment services, including good quality of service from satellite and AM/FM radio, weather band and GNSS are crucial,” said Ronan Quinlan, Co-CEO, Taoglas. “As we continue to explore potential acquisitions to strengthen the Taoglas brand, we were struck by how similar Think Wireless’ approach to antenna design and manufacturing is to our own commitment to excellence. This is a great acquisition for the Taoglas Group as we look to further expand into new, synergistic markets such as the commercial vehicle industry.”

ThinkWireless, headquartered in Coconut Creek, Florida, specializes in the design, development and production of combination antenna systems that incorporate two or more frequency bands, including those for SiriusXM satellite radio, GPS, AM/FM, weather band, DAB, HDTV, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE. The ThinkWireless facilities will become Taoglas’ ninth design and development center globally, and the third in the U.S., alongside centers in San Diego and Minneapolis.

“Taoglas is well-known as a global brand that delivers the highest-quality antennas and RF solutions to the automotive, IoT and other markets,” Petros said. “Taoglas’ global scale and sales channels are unparalleled and will help grow the reach of ThinkWireless’ solutions in the trucking and commercial vehicle industry around the world.”

The ThinkWireless antennas will be available for purchase on the Taoglas website, through key distribution partners and through Taoglas’ Antenna Builder ecommerce marketplace for custom antennas and cable assemblies. For more information on the acquisition and ThinkWireless solutions, visit www.taoglas.com.

Taoglas Bracket NFC Antenna with ACH Connector

Taoglas Bracket NFC Antenna with ACH Connector

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The Radius, NFR.02, is an external bracket mount NFC (Near Field Communication) antenna for use with NFC readers. This enables your device to execute point-to-point data transmission without contact. This design is matched for optimal performance with typical NFC chipsets. The IP67 waterproof enclosure ensures that it can be used for both indoor and outdoor environments. With its own mounting bracket, the NFR.01 can be easily installed on a wall or metal panel. To strengthen robustness in outdoor applications, the NFR.02 antenna and mounting bracket are protected by a heat-resistant, high-impact resistant UV stabilized ASA enclosure. A 1m 28AWG Twisted Pair cable with ACH(F) connector is connected to the housing. Custom cable lengths or a version with an embedded RJ45 Jack for ethernet cables is also available.

Radius NFR.02 External Bracket NFC Antenna with ACH Connector

  • For use with NFC readers
  • Frequency: 13.56MHz
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • Cable: 1M AWG28
  • Connector: ACH(F)
  • Dimensions: 75*75*27.9mm
  • RoHS Compliant

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Taoglas SDARS and DSRC Patch Antenna

Taoglas SDARS and DSRC Patch Antenna

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The SDDCP.5900.25.10.A.08 is a passive embedded ceramic stacked patch antenna with both SDARS and DSRC capabilities. This patch provides world-class performance on both bands, with left-hand circular polarization and up to 80% efficiency at 2332.5 MHz for SDARS and nearly 70% efficiency at 5900 MHz for DSRC. Using one patch for both bands results in the most economical and space-efficient solution for demanding applications requiring both SDARS and DSRC. The patch is easy to integrate with an overall footprint size of just 25x25mm and sits at 10.15mm in height.

This antenna has been tuned and tested on a 70 x 70 mm ground plane. Custom tuning services can be provided for further optimization to customer-specific device environments.

SDDCP.5900.25.10.A.08 – 25*25*10mm – SDARS & DSRC Stacked Patch Antenna

  • High Efficiency and Gain
  • SDARS: 80.3% Efficiency, +5.4 dBi Gain @2332.5 MHz
  • DSRC: 68.5% Efficiency, +3.5dBi Gain @5900 MHz
  • Dual Feed Patch Assembly
  • Dimensions: 25x25x10mm
  • Tuned for Centre Positioning on 70*70mm Ground Plane Through–Hole Mounting Pin Type
  • RoHS Compliant

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Phoenix WSA.2458.A.101151 Antenna by Taoglas

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The Phoenix WSA.2458.A.101151 I-Bar antenna from Taoglas is a low profile antenna that can be used for the 2.4/5.8 GHz bands for Wi-Fi applications. The Phoenix has a slim-line design, which allows for covert and convenient installation in any application, while its omnidirectional radiation pattern and 2.1 dBi gain ensure constant reception and transmission. This antenna has been specially designed for first-tier automotive applications, aftermarket and telematics. It is available in an IP65 low profile case with a fully customizable cable and connector options (by default it is available with RP-SMA Connectors). The case measures 105 x 30 x 7.7 mm.

Product Details

    • Part Number : WSA.2458.A.101151
    • Manufacturer : Taoglas
    • Description : 2.4/5.8 GHz Low Profile Antenna for Automotive Applications

General Parameters

    • Type : Low Profile
    • Directionality : Omni-Directional
    • Application : WiFi, Automotive
    • Polarization : Linear
    • Standards : WiFi – 2.4/5 GHz
    • Frequency : 2.4 to 5.85 GHz
    • Cable : RG-174
    • Gain : 2.1 dBi
    • Power : 2 W
    • Efficiency : 4.43 to 70.19%
    • Industry : WiFi / Bluetooth / ZigBee, IoT
    • VSWR : 2.00:1
    • Return Loss : -10 dB
    • Mounting : Adhesive Mount
    • Impedance : 50 Ohms
    • Connectors : RP SMA, RP SMA – Male
    • Multi Band : Yes
    • Cable Length : 1 Meter
    • Dimension : 105 x 30 x 7.7 mm
    • Weight : 50 g
    • Operating Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
    • RoHS : Yes
Taoglas Phoenix

Taoglas Phoenix WSA.2458 Dual Band Wi-Fi I-Bar 2.4/5.8GHz Antenna

Courtesy of Taoglas : Phoenix WSA.2458 Dual Band Wi-Fi I-Bar 2.4/5.8GHz Antenna

  • Dual Band Wi-Fi I-Bar 2.4/5.8GHz
  • Wi-Fi/WLAN Adhesive Mount Antenna
  • Low Profile for Ease of Installation
  • Ingress Protection Rating IP65
  • 1M RG-174 cable with RP-SMA(M) connector
  • Dims: 105*30*7.7mm
  • Fully Customizable Cable and Connector

The Phoenix WSA.2458 I-Bar antenna is a robust and low profile antenna operating on both the 2.4/5.8GHz bands for Wi-Fi applications. The Phoenix has a slim-line design, which allows for covert and convenient installation in any application, while its omnidirectional radiation pattern and 2.1dBi gain ensure constant reception and transmission. It is manufactured and tested in a TS16949 first tier automotive approved facility and has undergone full PPAP design, reliability and quality audits. The Phoenix is especially suited for applications such as first-tier automotive applications, aftermarket and telematics. The Phoenix has exceptional industry performance characteristics considering its very low profile (just 7.7mm) and compact size (105*30mm). This UV resistant antenna is designed to be mounted on glass or plastic but should not be mounted on a metal base. It comes with strong 3M double-sided adhesive for a permanent and secure fix to your application.

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LADSensors Harnesses the Power of LoRa and Taoglas Technology

LADSensors Harnesses the Power of LoRa and Taoglas Technology to Fight Wildfires

Courtesy of Taoglas : LADSensors Harnesses the Power of LoRa and Taoglas Technology to Fight Wildfires

On average, more than 100,000 wildfires clear 4 million to 5 million acres (1.6 million to 2 million hectares) of land every year in the United States alone, according to National Geographic. Wildfires can occur anywhere (as shown by recent headlines) but are common in the forested areas of the United States and Canada, as well as much of the vegetated areas of Australia and in the Western Cape of South Africa.

It is crucial that a fire is caught as soon as possible in order to control it, saving forests and saving lives. However, many wildfires simmer for hours before they are detected, and by then have grown into a larger fire that is much more difficult to contain.

LADSensors is an emerging fire detection and management platform that utilizes patented sensors alongside artificial intelligence algorithms to predict, detect and manage fire incidents in forests. By measuring metrics such as temperature, CO2 levels, humidity, wind direction and speed, LADSensors cannot only detect the presence of a fire, but can also predict where it will head.

The problem: Many wildfires start in places off the beaten path, where cellular is inconsistent and satellite is expensive if you want to collect and share information. LADSensors needed to ensure it would be able to establish a reliable long-range communication channel between its gateways and sensors in the forest for fire detection and management. It also needed to reduce power consumption to improve battery life in the sensors. João Ladeira, LADSensors’ founder, began to investigate using LoRa technology as an alternative solution to the cellular conundrum. LoRa is a long-range, low-power technology deployed in millions of IoT sensors and is becoming widely used worldwide because it is easy to install, highly economical, and flexible to adapt to any use case. Existing environmental applications for LoRa include monitoring of air pollution, water quality and flow, waste management, metering, irrigation and other monitoring of environmental conditions such as wind, humidity, temperature etc.  

Monitoring Conditions to Mitigate Risks

“Thanks to Barracuda’s excellent sensitivity, we are also able to reduce transmission power, thus increasing the sensors’ battery life. Compared to other antennas I tested, we are seeing a 15-20% improvement on the signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio.” — João Ladeira, founder, LADSensors

The LADSensors solution consists of gateways and sensors wrapped with a platform that provides users a detailed, comprehensive view of conditions in a monitored area. Sensors are placed in the field up to 15 km apart and connect to a LoRa gateway. They gather values every few minutes that might indicate the presence of a fire, among other characteristics—a sudden peak in temperature or a rise in CO2 levels in the air—and transmit the information wirelessly to the gateways. The data is processed in LADSensors’ platform, where their algorithms determine the probability of a presence of a fire.

Reliable connectivity is key, and LADSensors needed a durable, high-performance, cost-effective antenna for its LoRa gateway, as they need the antenna to receive data from all the node centers. After receiving recommendations from colleagues with RF experience, Ladeira selected a Barracuda, a 6 dBi fiberglass outdoor omnidirectional antenna from Taoglas, a provider of advanced antenna products and RF service solutions. Taoglas’ easy-to-use online system helped guide him through the ordering process. The Barracuda antenna’s collinear dipole design is a great choice for this application because the antenna gives maximum coverage range in the horizontal plane over 360 degrees, minimizing the amount of routers, base stations or nodes needed for such a solution.
The Barracuda’s UV-resistant fiberglass housing also makes it the perfect outdoor antenna for LADSensors as it is weather-hardened for use in harsh environments, including high wind load.
Improved Fire Detection Means Saving Lives and Land
According to Ladeira, the sensors are able to establish a reliable communication channel with the gateways wirelessly at distances up to 15 km thanks to the LoRa radios and Taoglas antennas. “We are getting very strong signals from the node from 8 km away. I was surprised to get such a strong signal at such a large distance; I was expecting only 1-2 km. We are focused on getting even better reception on the gateway so we can go even further away with the nodes,” he said. “Thanks to Barracuda’s excellent sensitivity, we are also able to reduce transmission power, thus increasing the sensors’ battery life. Compared to other antennas I tested, we are seeing a 15-20% improvement on the signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio.”

“Taoglas has built its reputation on delivering reliable, high-quality, high-performance antennas to empower designers to create applications that are changing the world, and we’ve made it easy for companies to find the best antenna to meet their needs, order it online and have it shipped immediately,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO, Taoglas. “LADSensors’ emerging fire detection solution helps to solve a critical problem in today’s society: the increasing threat of wildfires to people and landscapes. We’re excited to see how João and his team grow this solution using the power of LoRa and Taoglas antennas.”

While the company’s current focus is on detection, and helping firefighters make well-informed decisions on what actions to take next during a fire incident, “we would like in the future to be able to do things like have a drone go to the fire spot and confirm that there is a fire,” Ladeira said. “There are fire extinguishing bombs you can drop like grenades. Firefighters take time to arrive, and this would give them a head start. It is crucial that a fire is caught as soon as possible in order to control it, and our sensors enable just that at a fraction of the price of conventional systems and with more reliable results thanks in part to the Taoglas antennas.”