Managing Big Data: Moving analysis back to the edge

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 21, 2016 4:08:27 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, clout, Edge IoT, Embedded Computing Design, Featured In, General, Internet of Things, IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and its wide range of devices are growing at an unfathomable rate. With an increase in size, comes an increase in the collection of massive amounts of data. In this article written by Grid Connect’s Vice President, Adam Justice, he stated, “The IoT relies on data — and massive amounts of it — to fuel connected devices and give us drastic advances in monitoring and automating our environments.” The overwhelming amount of data being generated at such a rapid pace is making it more important than ever for the issues of data management to be resolved.

The cloud is a centerpiece for the management and analysis of data collected through the embedded sensors of various devices. One solution to reduce the burden on the cloud and make data more manageable is to move analytics back to the device itself, which is called moving towards the edge. Utilizing edge IoT analytics could help drive efficiency as it is a cost-efficient solution that reduces the amount of bandwidth being used. Devices that have the ability to synthesize their collected data locally will be much faster and more reliable. Moving data analytics to the edge is an innovative IoT solution that will drastically improve the functionality of these devices.

For the full article by Adam Justice, click here: http://embedded-computing.com/28918-managing-big-data-moving-analysis-back-to-the-edge/

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Companies loosen vacation policies...

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 11, 2016 10:58:07 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Brittney Borowicz, community, company culture, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, unlimited vacation policy

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Grid Connect is one of the few companies participating in the growing trend of offering unlimited paid vacation to employees. While this may not be a great fit for all companies, Grid Connect has a company culture that is based on trust and a sense of community. The environment is based on providing employees with the best work experience possible. Brittney Borowicz, Vice President of Marketing, was offered a free, two-week trip to Singapore only two months after starting the job. Although Borowicz was originally nervous about the situation, it worked out very well as noted in her reflection; “My boss said, ‘Sounds great.’ They were very excited for me to go.” The ability for employees to take off as much time as they need is a great way to increase company morale and attract young talent.

Many companies have had difficulty transitioning to a functional unlimited vacation policy similar to the one Grid Connect has created. That being said, Grid Connect also offers a variety of extra benefits for employees to make work a much more pleasant experience. The company’s Vice President, Adam Justice, states, “You try to offer employees some extra perks to make work fun.” The company offers employees a free, catered lunch every Wednesday, free massages every Thursday, as well as ping-pong and bags tournaments during lunch breaks. In order for these types of benefits to be implemented successfully, companies need to have trust in their employees and have a more relaxed company culture.

Read More: http://www.dhbusinessledger.com/article/20160710/business/160719999/

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Plug-and-play NFC portfolio expanded

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 5, 2016 2:41:05 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Arduino, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Near Field Communication, NFC, NXP, PN1750, tech, technology

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The plug-and-play Near Field Communication (NFC) portfolio developed by NXP has officially been expanded. The upgraded portfolio has been extended with the Arduino add-on boards (Kinetis, LPCXpresso, i.MX, and QorIQ), allowing for faster NFC prototyping and expansion. In addition to this, the release of the PN7150 NFC controller will make it a much simpler process to integrate NFC technology within electronic devices.

The new and innovative PN1750 is perfectly equipped for several applications including home network gateways, set-top boxes, routers, and more. Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect, describes the significance of the plug-and-play NFC portfolio expansion; “NXP’s robust portfolio of NFC controllers enable an easy integration of NFC technology to consumer devices, while instantly making them smarter, more intuitive and easy to use.” This technology will make it much easier for consumers to install their smart home devices.

Read more: http://www.electronicspecifier.com/micros/plug-and-play-nfc-portfolio-expanded

 

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Introducing the 150 Nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 14, 2015 11:47:55 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 50 on Fire, Adam Justice, CEOs, ChicagoInno, civic professionals, company, December, education, employees, entrepreneurs, Featured In, food, General, healthcare, incubators, innovators, investors, Marketing, non-profits, professors, tech, tech hub

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When a city's innovation economy is on fire, it's the result of thousands of people and companies, across a variety of categories, heating up their respective industries and departments.

Yes, a pillar company is important to the overall health of an ecosystem, but a single success story isn't sustainable. That's why Chicago's emergence as a leading tech hub is due to all of the innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, employees, professors, civic professionals and more that are driving the city forward.

Below is the list of the 150 nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire, our December awards event. Featuring CEOs and Heads of Customer Support, early-stage startups and established enterprises, incubators and non-profits, this list is a celebration of the top innovators and influencers in tech, education, marketing, food, healthcare, and more. (The final "50 on Fire" will be revealed at the December, 2nd event via an action-packed 10-minute video).

Read more and see the nominees by clicking here.

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IoT sensor data leads to industry innovations

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 23, 2015 3:00:22 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 2020, Adam Justice, data, Embedded Computing Design, Featured In, General, Internet of Things, IoT, manufacturing, Marketing, sensor data, Sensors, smart cities

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Ready or not, the Internet of Things () is here to stay and the data it generates will be the driving force for future innovation and efficiency. According to Frost & Sullivan, 40 percent of all IoT data generated by 2020 will come from connected . This data has already begun to affect many industries, and as IoT gains popularity, the uses for this data will grow.

Three industries that already are seeing the importance of gathering  data include manufacturing, marketing, and smart cities.

Read more at Embedded Computing Design or download the PDF now.

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Local Entrepreneurs Honored

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 17, 2015 5:05:02 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Business Ledger, Daily Herald, Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, Events, Featured In, General

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4300 Commerce Court – Lisle, IL 60532 (630-955-3593)
Press Release
September 17, 2015

 

Local Entrepreneurs Honored

The spirit of independence and success was highlighted Wednesday, September 16, as 28 suburban professionals were honored at the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

More than 200 people attended the event at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. The annual EEA program recognizes successful entrepreneurship in the suburban region. The honorees demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance and business creativity.

Keynote speaker Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, founder and director of JJR Marketing in Naperville, talked about five drivers that are a part of an entrepreneur’s journey: authenticity, vision, gratitude, connecting and innovation.

“It’s about taking something that already exists and putting it into another context,” she said. Camacho-Ruiz, herself a former EEA honoree, spoke of how she began her journey at age 5, selling figs from a tree in her family’s backyard, and noted in many cases youthful exuberance can be a big motivator for entrepreneurs.

“I probably would have waited to start my company if I knew what I know now,” she said. “Sometimes that youth, that naiveté, that childlike approach to things helps you achieve your goals.”

Many of the honorees spoke of their respective leaps of faith that led them to their ventures.

Presenting sponsors for the Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards are B. Gunther and Co., NIU College of Business, Focus Capital Advisors, JJR Marketing and The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Marketing partners are MRA, Leaderboard Tournament Systems and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce.

Awards were presented in 7 categories: The honorees will also be profiled in the October 12th issue of the Business Ledger.

For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Early Stage: Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Villa Park; Janee Matteson, Kayak Morris, Hinsdale;       Linda Murray, Vista Linda Eye Care, Mount Prospect.
  • Growth: Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Fullerton Engineering, Rosemont; Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Darien; Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Lake Villa.
  • Innovation: Mara Hauser, 25N Coworking, Geneva; Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Wi-Tronix, LLC, Bolingbrook; David Larsen, Larsen Manufacturing, Mundelein; Maureen O’Brien, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Batavia.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Ronald L. Allen, Board Member, Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce; Murray Gordon, MAGA, Ltd., Riverwoods; Diane Middlebrooks, Itasca Bank & Trust Company; Terri Roeslmeier, Automated Business Designs, Rosemont; Roy Spencer, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Downers Grove.
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Austin Dempsey, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Batavia; Nic Zito, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Naperville.
  • Regional Spirit: Ellen Huxtable, Advantage Business Concepts, Batavia.
  • Young Entrepreneur (under age of 40): Derek & Gavin Burseth, Burseth Farm, Woodstock; Adam Justice, Grid Connect, Inc., Naperville; Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Treasure Breads, Yorkville; Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Addison; James Ratke, Urban Produce Farms, West Chicago; Matt Zahora, Chicagoland Aviation, Romeoville.

For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

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Adam Justice Honored with Young Entrepreneur Award

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 19, 2015 4:47:44 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 25N Coworking, Adam Justice, Addison, Advantage Business Concepts, AMS Earth Movers, Austin Dempsey, Automated Business Designs, Batavia, Bolingbrook, Burseth Farm, Business Ledger, Chicagoland Aviation, Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Daily Herald, Darien, David Larsen, Derek & Gavin Burseth, Diana Peters, Diane Middlebrooks, Downers Grove, Ellen Huxtable, Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, entrepreneurs, Events, Featured In, Focus Capital Advisors, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Fullerton Engineering, General, Geneva, Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Grid Connect, Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Hinsdale, Inland Real Estate Group, Itasca Bank & Trust Company, Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, James Ratke, Janee Matteson, JJR Marketing, Julie Savitt, Kayak Morris, Lake Villa, Larsen Manufacturing, Linda Murray, MAGA, Mara Hauser, Matt Zahora, Maureen O’Brien, Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Murray Gordon, Naperville, Nic Zito, Norther Illinois University, Northern Illinois University School of Business; B, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, press release, Press Releases, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Riverwoods, Romeoville, Rosemont, Roy Spencer, Symbol Training Institute, Terri Roeslmeier, Treasure Breads, Urban Produce Farms, Villa Park, Vista Linda Eye Care, West Chicago, Woodstock, Yorkville, Wi-Tronix

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4300 Commerce Court – Lisle, IL 60532 (630-955-3593)

Press Release
August 18, 2015

Local Entrepreneurs to be Honored 

Twenty–seven local entrepreneurs will be honored in the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards hosted by the Business Ledger and their sponsoring partners.

The awards will be presented at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. to be held on Wednesday, September 16 at the Naperville Campus of Northern Illinois University located at 1120 E. Diehl Rd.

The keynote speaker is Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, Making It Happen Director, of JJR Marketing.  Jackie is an award-winning entrepreneur, national speaker, philanthropist and author of seven books.

Sponsors for this year’s awards program are: Focus Capital Advisors, Inland Real Estate Group, Northern Illinois University School of Business; B. Gunther & Co.; & JJR Marketing.

Awards will be presented in 7 categories:  The honorees will also be profiled in the October 12th issue of the Business Ledger. This year’s honorees are:

  • Early Stage: Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Villa Park; Janee Matteson, Kayak Morris, Hinsdale; Linda Murray, Vista Linda Eye Care, Mount Prospect.
  • Growth: Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Fullerton Engineering, Rosemont; Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Darien; Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Lake Villa.
  • Innovation: Mara Hauser, 25N Coworking, Geneva; Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Wi-Tronix, LLC, Bolingbrook; David Larsen, Larsen Manufacturing, Mundelein; Maureen O’Brien, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Batavia.
  • Lifetime Achievement:  Murray Gordon, MAGA, Ltd., Riverwoods; Diane Middlebrooks, Itasca Bank & Trust Company; Terri Roeslmeier, Automated Business Designs, Rosemont; Roy Spencer, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Downers Grove.
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Austin Dempsey, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Batavia; Nic Zito, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Naperville.
  • Regional Spirit: Ellen Huxtable, Advantage Business Concepts, Batavia.
  • Young Entrepreneur (under age of 40): Derek & Gavin Burseth, Burseth Farm, Woodstock; Adam Justice, Grid Connect, Inc., Naperville; Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Treasure Breads, Yorkville; Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Addison; James Ratke, Urban Produce Farms, West Chicago; Matt Zahora, Chicagoland Aviation, Romeoville.

Cost to attend the reception is $55 per person.  You must register online at  http://www.dhbusinessledger.com no later than September 11.  For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

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Place Your Vote for Adam's Smart Home Panel at SxSW 2016!

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 14, 2015 9:11:56 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, AllJoyn, August, Brillo, connectsense, Ecobee, Events, General, Grid Connect, HomeKit, Internet of Things, Internet of Things Consortium, interoperability, IoT, Jason Johnson, Mark Spates, OIC, panel picker, smart homes, smart house, Stuart Lombard, SxSW, Weave

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Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect and Founder of ConnectSense needs your help!

Adam, as well as a few other big players in the smart home industry, have submitted a panel proposal for for the 2016 South by Southwest® Music, Film, and Interactive Conferences (SxSW) called "A smart house divided against itself cannot stand" and needs your vote!

Please visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/47138 and give their panel proposal the "thumbs up!" Each vote gets Adam and his fellow IoT thought-leaders closer to being able to present their smart home discussion at this year's SxSW.

Voting ends Friday, September 4th! For more information and to vote now, click here!

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A smart house divided against itself cannot stand

There is a significant barrier to the Internet of Things. Current products are split by competing standards on the market, creating problems for the interoperability of devices in the home. The question is... who will come out on top? HomeKit, Brillo/Weave, AllJoyn, and OIC are all bursting out with big promises. This session will dive into the differences between these standards, picking apart their individual performances apart from the marketed platform. Manufacturers are dependent upon these standards as stages for the interoperability of their products. Our group is comprised of IoT executives who understand what it’s like to work with standards on getting a product out the door.

Questions Answered

  1. Amongst standards like HomeKit, Brillo/Weave, AllJoyn, OIC and more who will come out on top and emerge as the dominant standard in the smart home?
  2. How will the elimination and consolidation of standards affect the market for IoT devices and what is still needed to drive the industry forward?
  3. What is the role of manufacturers and consumers in developing our future as it relates to connected technology?

Speakers

Voting ends Friday, September 4th! For more information and to vote now, click here!

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Employee Spotlight — Intern Edition Part 2

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 24, 2015 12:10:19 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Apple Watch, Employee Spotlight, Fermilab, Grid Connect, IoT, OpenHack

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10991347_515880758552023_2483297010247929221_n-2Jack Mousseau is our development intern at the office this summer. Jack got connected to Grid Connect through an OpenHack Naperville meetup. There, he met Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect, who was impressed by the app that Jack presented during the meetup. Adam later offered Jack the opportunity to work for Grid Connect this summer (coincidentally he found out later that their parents were actually close family friends). Jack’s main project has been to help the Grid Connect development team create an Apple Watch version of the ConnectSense app, however he has also done a lot of work with product testing and cleaning up the remaining bugs on the Smart Outlet.

This fall, Jack will be starting school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he will be studying computer science and mathematics. He has liked working at Grid Connect because it has given him an experience he hasn’t had before “Last summer I worked at Fermilab, which was cool, but my work was only a fraction of what the end goal will look like” Jack said, “Here I’ve been able to see a finished product come out of my work. It’s really satisfying.”

In his free time, Jack enjoys biking, playing soccer and attending the OpenHack IOS developers group in Naperville and Chicago.

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APPNATION IoT Influencers Summit Panel: THE CONNECTED HOME – THE PLATFORM WARS

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 23, 2015 2:34:15 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, APPNATION, August, CA, California, connected home, connectsense, Consumer, Events, General, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT Influencers Summit, Iris, Jason Johnson, Kris Bowring, Levi's Stadium, Logitech, Lowe's, manufacturers, Mark Spates, Santa Clara, Schlage, smart home

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When: June 21, 2015, 12:10pm
Where: Stage 1A, Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA

The connected home has emerged as an epic battleground for the consumer. Dozens of companies are vying to be the primary gateway and on-boarding point for the connected home and literally hundreds of hardware manufacturers and app developers are competing to capture our attention (and money) while we are in our connected homes. This session will dive-in to the broader connected home platform debate and discussion and the related app development and consumer engagement opportunities.

SESSION LEADER: MARK SPATES, HEAD OF CONNECTED HOME, LOGITECH

PANELISTS:

  • JASON JOHNSON, FOUNDER & CEO, AUGUST
  • ROB MARTENS, DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIVITY PLATFORMS, SCHLAGE (ALLEGION BRANDS)
  • KRIS BOWRING, DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, IRIS (LOWE’S)
  • ADAM JUSTICE, VP & GM, GRID CONNECT

Conference Website: http://iotinfluencers.com/siliconvalley/

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