The Dangers of Protocol Overkill

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 22, 2015 10:36:32 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Customer Experience, General, Internet of Things, interoperability, IoT, M2M, protocols, standards

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Standards in the Internet of Things (IoT) are the platform by which devices can communicate. This provides a language for devices to speak in order for them to recognize one another and work in unison. Unfortunately, in recent years, corporate agendas have overshadowed the ideal consumer experience by infusing the market with an overload of protocols, creating a significant barrier to the interoperability of devices in the smart ecosystem.

Adam Justice talks more about this issue and possible solutions here: http://embedded-computing.com/guest-blogs/a-solution-for-standards-overload/

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Sensors Expo 2015: Grid Connect contemplates the wireless factory

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 18, 2015 10:56:33 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, BLE, Bluetooth, Featured In, General, industrial networking, internet, Internet of Things, Mike Justice, Sensors Expo, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, wifi

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Grid Connect recently moved into what could be considered the ‘consumer’ space through its ConnectSense subsidiary, which provides plug n’ play sensor solutions for a variety of applications through devices such as their recently released Smart Outlet. The parent company still focuses on more traditional embedded connectivity, but according to Mike Justice the industrial networking landscape has started to shift as factory operators become increasingly interested in wireless communications.

Justice admits that Wi-Fi is still a no-no in most plant settings because of the unknowns it introduces, but says that Bluetooth and ZigBee are making considerable strides as they provide no direct connection to the Internet and subsequent security issues.

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

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Happy Global Internet of Things Day 2015!

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 9, 2015 3:49:29 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, data privacy, Events, Featured In, General, Global Internet of Things Day, Grid Connect, Internet of Things, IoT, IoTDay, standards, technology

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Happy Global Internet of Things Day!

Last year on April 9th, Adam Justice, Vice President and General Manager of Grid Connect and ConnectSense, spoke on Internet of Things standards and protocols for a special IoT Day online event called IoTLive.

The time is now to start having the important conversations on the technologies, security, data privacy, and enormous potential that an “Internet of Things” is capable of!

Watch the video now.

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March 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 30, 2015 9:27:03 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, April, April Showers, CAN USB FD Adapter, Chicago, connectsense, flood, floodwaters, General, Grid Connect, Internet of Things, Internet of Things North America, IoT, IoT NA, IoT North America, March, newsletter, Newsletters, telephone, weather

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Grid Connect Introduces ConnectSense Handset Telephone with Ten-Number Dial to the Smart Home Space - A new easy-to-use telephone with ten number memory dial is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Telephone features nine speed dial memory buttons that enable users to call frequently used numbers and a redial function to quickly dial the last outgoing number. > Read More at ConnectSense.com

April Showers Bring Floodwaters - Remember that April showers bring floodwaters! Everyone lives in a flood zone and just because you haven’t experienced one in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. There are a number of factors that can cause a flood, one of which is weather. Winter storms and snowmelt are often overlooked causes of flooding. More common causes of flooding include heavy rains and the spring thaw that usually begin mid-March to early April. Thanks to the Internet of Things revolution though, there are a number of devices available that can help reduce the amount of water damage in your home by immediately notifying you when something goes awry. > Read More at ConnectSense.com

New Product Alert: CAN USB PRO FD Adapter - 2 Channels: CAN & LIN - The PCAN-USB-PRO FD adapter connects a USB port to CAN and LIN networks. Two CAN/LIN buses can be connected at the same time, with up to software four connections available using appropriate adapter cables (2 x CAN, 2 x LIN). The CAN USB PRO FD is housed in a robust aluminum casing making the PCAN-USB Pro FD adapter suitable for all types of applications. The CAN USB Pro FD supports the new CAN FD standard and is 100% hardware & software compatible to the original CAN USB Pro adapter. The new PCAN-USB driver version 4 must be used. > More Information

Join Us at Internet of Things North America! - When: April 15-16, 2015 | Where: Chicago, IL | Booth #: 102 | Silver Sponsor - Internet of Things North America is an innovative event covering advanced connectivity and cloud based monitoring/control of devices, facilities, automobiles and enterprise operations. Plus, "10 Things to Consider When Developing IoT Devices" with Adam Justice on April 15th at 1:30pm. > More Information

How the Past Relates to the Future Promise of the Internet of Things - As we move beyond machines relying on humans, we are able to add connectivity to all sorts of new devices. By providing devices with better information, us humans are able to stay more informed, automate and take action like never before. This is really not the first time we have seen automation in our lives though. Before we take a look at where the IoT is going, let’s take a look back. > Read More at ConnectSense.com

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Tech In Motion Panel: IoT: More than Just a Buzzword

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 18, 2015 10:39:38 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, American RFID Solutions, Aubrey Jackson, business, buzzword, Chicago, connected devices, Events, future, General, Grid Connect, Harold G. Clampitt, HERE, home automation, interconnected, Internet of Things, IoT, Jason Kolb, Kaplan, Mahesh Ramananjaiah, Matt Krzus, panel, speaking, Tech In Motion, TechNexus, technology, Uptake, wearables

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When: March 25, 6:00PM
Where: TechNexus, 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 1200, Chicago, IL

Session Title: IoT: More than Just a Buzzword

What the heck is the Internet of Things? Everyone's heard of it, but it seems like few have the ability to articulate what this buzz phrase actually means. Part of that is because the definition of IoT is so fractured. Everyone seems to have their own take on it.

For this event, we're talking to several panelists whose companies specialize in interconnected devices, whether they be for businesses, for the home, or wearables, and asking them the hard question: What is the Internet of Things to YOU? We'll also be talking about the future of this phenomenon.

Panelists:
Adam Justice, VP and General Manager of Grid Connect
Harold G. Clampitt, CEO and Founder of American RFID Solutions
Jason Kolb, CTO of Uptake
Mahesh Ramananjaiah, Senior Architect at HERE
Aubrey Jackson, Senior Software Engineer at HERE

Moderator:
Matt Krzus, Lead Data Scientist at Kaplan

About Tech In Motion:

Tech in Motion is broad by design, the goal of this group is to be interactive and allow technology enthusiasts to learn from other professionals, have questions answered in real-time, discover new tech, and hear stories that inspire. This group is a place for technology professionals who wouldn’t normally cross paths to meet, collaborate, and learn about what their peers are doing across the city. To learn more about Tech in Motion, click here!

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IWCE Panel: What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 9:43:26 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, connected, connected devices, Events, General, Grid Connect, Hassan Bawab, home automation, International Wireless Communications Expo, Internet of Things, IoT, IWCE, Las Vegas, M2M, machine to machine, Magic Logix, networked society, social web, Sudhakar Marthi, technology, what you need to know about the internet of things, ZOHO Corporation

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When: March 20, 8:30am-12:00pm
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV - Room N259

Session Title: What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things

Whether you call it the Internet of Things, machine to machine, Connected Devices, the Social Web of Things or the Networked Society, it is hard to deny that more and more "things" are being connected every day. The Internet of Things has exploded! From light bulbs to automobiles to buildings, things are getting a digital makeover as the IoT connects people, devices, and applications wirelessly, turning them “smart.” IoT applications have the potential to transform every sector of business by allowing enterprises to take informed decision, optimizing the process, and supporting innovative business models. The combination of ‘low-cost’ connected devices with the need for data drives Internet of Things. Examine business opportunities in everything from M2M to green buildings to smart devices, explore how to create a wireless business ecosystem with IoT platform, and what limitations IoT might have technologically.

Panelists:
Adam Justice, VP and General Manager of Grid Connect
Hassan Bawab, Author and CEO of Magic Logix
Sudhakar Marthi, Vice President Global Business Development of ZOHO Corporation
Barry Einsig, Global Transportation Executive, Internet of Things Group at Cisco

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About IWCE:

Since 1977, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) has been the authoritative annual event for communications technology professionals in the working world. IWCE features over 350 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military; public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical & 911); utility; transportation and business enterprise. This year’s show will be held March 16-20, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Conference Website: http://www.iwceexpo.com

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Congrats to Adam Justice, Grid Connect's 2014 Ping-Pong Champion!

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 5, 2015 2:25:04 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, General, Mike Justice, ping pong, ping-pong champion

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Every winter, Grid Connect has a singles ping-pong tournament among some of the best players in our office.

This year, we are excited to announce Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect, as the 2014 champion!

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Our runner-up was Mike Justice, President and last year's winner of the annual ping-pong tournament.

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The 43 Best IoT Twitter Accounts To Follow

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 8, 2015 9:55:22 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, @AdamJustice, Cisco, Featured In, General, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things, IoE, IoT, M2M, Twitter

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is hot these days… it’s almost annoyingly popular, even though we’re part of the industry. But considering that the IoT touches everyone and nearly every company, I guess it makes sense that Cisco is working on renaming it to the Internet of Everything. With everyone chattering about the IoT, it can be hard to know just who to listen to.

That’s why we created a list of the top 43 IoT Twitter accounts. Why 43? I guess we don’t really like rounding off our lists. This group of Twitterers includes true experts and thought leaders in the field who share the latest updates and news on M2M and IoT technology so that you stay in the know. We chose accounts based on the quality of content they share, their list of followers, how often they post, and a little bit of our own subjective opinion. (There’s a lot of other great accounts out there, but we couldn’t include everyone.) So check these IoT Twitter leaders out (in alphabetical order) and be sure to follow the ones that interest you...

Read more at Link Labs or download the PDF now.

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The spirit of Chicago: How these entrepreneurs approach the holidays featuring Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 23, 2014 10:44:11 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Christmas, entrepreneur, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, holidays, Secret Santa

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If you’re feeling the pressure to be more inventive in observing the holidays, you might find it reassuring to know that some of Chicago's and Illinois’ most forward-thinking entrepreneurs take a more relaxed approach. Many of them focus on togetherness and making memories rather than trying to be novel or traditional. Perhaps you’ll find tidings of comfort, joy and inspiration in how these innovators celebrate the holidays.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune or download the PDF now.

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How Naperville-based Grid Connect fits into the Internet of Things

[fa icon='calendar'] Dec 16, 2014 10:22:33 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Chicago, connected devices, connected future, ConnectSense, connectsense, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things, interview, IoE, IoT, Naperville, smart outlet, wireless sensors

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In a nondescript Naperville office park, Adam Justice is working to bring the Internet of Things to the masses. He’s vice president of Grid Connect, a company his father Mike founded in 2003 that makes, distributes and sells commercial networking products. In 2013, Grid Connect launched ConnectSense, its first line of wireless sensors for home use to remotely monitor things, from your lights to your water pipes. As the company prepares to launch a ConnectSense smart electrical outlet, Adam Justice shares his vision for a connected future.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune or download the PDF now.

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