Edgeliot eyes European expansion

09 August 2022

The Dublin-based firm, whose technology collects real-time data from telecommunication towers, is trialling monitoring climate and environmental data.

Edgeliot, a Dublin-based technology company, is working on the project with Cellnex, a Spanish telecoms infrastructure business – and if trials are successful here, there will be an opportunity to expand its services across Europe.

Edgeliot has developed technology that sits on telecommunications towers and monitors their movements. This can reveal when and where interruptions occur, while also predicting where breakages are at risk of happening.

“Providers want that real-time knowledge of what is happening with their towers so they can anticipate issues before they become a problem,” Gary McDarby, chief executive and founder of Edgeliot, told the Business Post. “Our system can look at data and tell the user over time about unusual events, creating a predictive indicator.”

The company, which currently has six staff is currently partnering with Cellnex for the trials because of the ability of its technology to monitor a broad range of climate-related data.

“We suggested that we could monitor environmental variables like CO2, methane, noise pollution, humidity and more. That provides a rich dataset on climate impact and is helping us develop a business case for climate-focused information tools,” said McDarby.

“Cellnex is rolling out a long-range network of infrastructure and is interested in the climate aspect. That would give us a step into the European market in a seamless way.”

The business has been supported by Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the Enterprise Ireland division which helps businesses to connect with researchers. McDarby said the connection with KIT made it easier to develop the business.

“It’s a fantastic model. It helped connect us to a university, in our case Dublin City University. We could drive our ideas alongside academics, and that gave us a higher chance of success,” he said.

“We’re currently trialling the technology and hope to get it out to ten sites by the end of the year, and be cash-neutral by the end of 2023. We want to double our staff over the next year as well.”

Source: Business Post

Pictured: Gary McDarby