Ministers Robert Troy and Damien English announced today that researchers from the WiSAR Lab at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have completed the groundbreaking Project 5,000 under Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network.
Project 5,000 was carried out in collaboration between WiSAR Lab, LYIT and the Sligo sports technology startup Tekrasport on their innovative Tekarlite. Tekarlite is a 100% waterproof, cordless, rechargeable LED flashlight for maximum visibility when swimming in poor lighting conditions.
Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Business Regulation, Robert Troy, said, “Reaching the 5,000th project in such a short time is a fantastic achievement that all Technology Gateway employees can be proud of.
“The increase from 200 projects in 2013 to over 850 annually in 2020 is a testament to the tremendous demand from industry and the willingness of companies to return to their local gateways multiple times for R&D.
“I am sure that the way to project 10,000 will be even faster and that the growth of the technology gateways will continue due to the outstanding commitment of the technology institutes and technical universities in supporting their individual technology gateways.”
Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Employment and Retailing, Damien English TD, said, “The growth of Technology Gateways also underscores the world-class talent available in technology institutes and technological universities and the value of local industry access to them Knowledge.
“I would encourage all companies that have not already done so to contact their on-premises Technology Gateway to see what support is available to address challenges such as BREXIT and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
WiSAR Technology Gateway, based in LYIT, offers Irish industry solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) using its expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics.
Home to an extensive team of researchers and engineers working on a variety of collaborative R&I industrial projects, WiSAR is equipped with a state-of-the-art test bench, connectivity devices, industrial sensors, antennas and digital controllers for designing prototypes and optimizing industrial processes.
Companies from across the country have benefited from the expertise and experience within the network to help provide solutions that are close to the market. The Technology Gateway Network and the funding offered by Enterprise Ireland are fundamental to promoting the ongoing development of Research, Development and Innovation (R & I) in companies that may not have the funds, equipment, staff or expertise to do this otherwise.
The network provides support and assistance to a wide variety of businesses such as high potential startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, large indigenous and multinational companies. To date, the Gateways have worked with over 3,560 Irish companies, supporting 5,000 projects valued at 45 million euros, of which over 22.5 million euros is industrial cash.
Dr. Stephen Seawright, Gateway Manager at LYIT, highlighted the importance of the Technology Gateway Network in helping Irish companies realize their potential.
“The Technology Gateway Network has been an invaluable resource for so many local businesses in Ireland and we are delighted that a WiSAR lab project using the innovative Tekralite has reached the 5,000 milestone.”