About Us

The TEC Gateway is the industry interface of the Nimbus Centre.

  • The one-stop-shop facility for industry R&D in the region
  • Industry-led programmes to sustain growth in the Irish embedded systems industry
  • Creating new start-ups with international potential

The Nimbus Centre is Ireland’s research centre devoted to the field of embedded electronic systems. Over sixty researchers are involved in Nimbus, carrying out research, teaching and knowledge-transfer to industry in the area of networked embedded systems.

Overview of the Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) Gateway

 The Nimbus centre has three branches : Research, Learning and Industry.

The Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) Gateway is the industry branch of the Nimbus centre.

TEC provides a link to industry through innovation and knowledge transfer and is supported by Enterprise Ireland under the Technology Gateway Initiative.  We work extensively with small to medium size Irish based companies who have requirements for ICT innovation, particularly in embedded systems. Embedded systems are the hidden computers that unobtrusively monitor and control many aspects of our working and living, operating our mobile phones, running machines in factories, controlling our domestic appliances and keeping our cars running safely.

Many of the clients, both multinationals and start-ups (many with no technical knowledge, but excellent business ideas) use the TEC Gateway to develop their product prototype. This can facilitate the next level of funding for their business, support large scale research projects and to demonstrate to potential clients their concepts in a form that is tangible and real.


The Nimbus Centre has completed over 200 projects in conjunction with nearly 100 Irish companies and 40 disclosures/licences/patents in the last four years.

The TEC Gateway is focusing on the application of their expertise in 4 main areas, these are Energy, Water, Location Based Services and management of the built environment.