The Difference Between Industrial, Commercial and Residential Sensors

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 11, 2015 10:55:53 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Commercial Sensors, ConnectSense, connectsense, General, Industrial Sensors, Internet of Things, IoT, Residential Sensors, Sensors

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One of the most memorable movie lines of all time is one word: plastics. In 1967's The Graduate, a recent college graduate struggles to figure out his destiny and is told that the future is in plastics. If that movie were produced today, the line would have been "sensors."

Mike Justice’ new article offers insight on the differences between industrial, commercial and residential sensors. Industrial sensors tend to be more rugged, as they have to withstand wide ranges of temperature, consistent vibrations, and the possible infiltration of dust and water. Sensors of this level must be calibrated to ensure the accuracy of the device. Commercial sensors are used in components of other products such as the measuring system of a gas pump.   Sensors of this type are often required by law to receive calibration, and for the rest it is strongly advised. Residential sensors, although less impervious to temperature and damage, are subjected to rigorous tests to receive certification.

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Connected World Magazine Announces IoT Innovations Winners

[fa icon='calendar'] May 5, 2015 10:23:31 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Connected World Magazine, ConnectSense, connectsense, ConnectSense Smart Outlet, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Internet of Things, IoT, Peggy Smedley, Press Releases, PRWEB, Theodore Levitt

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Some of the most transformative startups and multinational corporations are “doing new things” in the IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace. In response to this growth in the space, Connected World magazine today named the winners of the inaugural IoT Innovations Awards.

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Theodore Levitt, an American economist, says, “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” Some of the most transformative startups and multinational corporations are “doing new things” in the IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace. In fact, analyst firm IDC says in the IDC Market in a Minute infographic the installed base of IoT units will soar to 28.1 billion in 2020.

In response to this growth in the space, Connected World magazine today named the winners of the inaugural IoT Innovations Awards.

Submitted IoT (Internet of Things) products were judged by an editorial panel representing a cross section of the industry. Both business and consumer IoT products were submitted for judging. Winning products are selected based on a variety of criteria, including most creative and technologically advanced products, services, and platforms.

“The IoT market is prospering at such a rapid rate that new products seem to be announced almost by the hour. Connected World is searching for the most innovative products that change people’s lives and the way businesses operate,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine. “The winners of the first IoT Innovations prove novelty and creativity continues to assert itself in the IoT community across a plethora of industries.”

The 26 winners of the IoT Innovations Awards for summer 2015 are: 
Apio Situational Awareness Platform – by Apio Systems
Cradlepoint COR IBR 1100 – by Cradlepoint
XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit – by Digi
LS1021A-IoT Gateway Reference Design – by Freescale Semiconductor
Gimbal Proximity Beacon Series 21 – by Gimbal
ConnectSense Smart Outlet – by Grid Connect 
Home View 3D – by Icontrol Networks
DriveSync – by IMS
Intel IoT Gateways – by Intel
Intel IoT Platform – by Intel
SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt – by Kwikset
Monnit Cellular Temperature Monitoring System – by Monnit
Type ZY Bluetooth Smart Module – by Murata
M-Connect – by Oberthur Technologies
Skywave IDP-782 – by Orbcomm
GT 1100 – by Orbcomm
PI System Collaboration with ArcGIS – by OSIsoft
Ring Video Doorbell – by Ring
Calliope LTE Platform – by Sequans Communications
SkySpark – by SkyFoundry
Trilliant Smart Communications Platform – by Trilliant
ODIN-W2 – by u-blox
Generation 2 BodyWorn – by Utility
WeatherBug Home – by WeatherBug
Wind River Edge Management System – by Wind River
ZEN Thermostat – by ZEN

To nominate for the next IoT Innovations Awards, please complete the survey online by the Aug. 27, 2015 deadline: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DecIoT

For more information on the 2015 IoT Innovations winners, check out the June/July issue by downloading the Connected World app in the Apple or Android App Store. Just search for Connected World.

About Connected World Magazine 
Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M. connectedworld.com

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Grid Connect Introduces ConnectSense Handset Telephone with Ten-Number Memory Dial to the Smart Home Space

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 1, 2015 5:00:09 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in April Fools, April Fools Day, ConnectSense, connectsense, cord, General, Grid Connect, joke, Press Releases, smartphone, technology, telephone, Wi-Fi, wifi

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NAPERVILLE, IL--(Apr 1, 2015) - A new easy-to-use telephone with ten number memory connectsensetelephonedial 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.

This reliable and affordable telephone is designed for those who want to avoid hassles and frills of smartphone technology and cordless handsets.

The ConnectSense Telephone can be placed on any convenient surface or mounted on the wall to save table space. This surface or wall mounting option provides quick and powerful access to make or receive calls in one room of your home. With its simple, corded design, users will never have to worry about misplacing their handset anywhere throughout their house.

Other features that make the ConnectSense Telephone unique include:

  • No need for Wi-Fi set up or programming of notification and call ringtones.
  • Plugs directly into your wall so there is no need for users to charge their ConnectSense Telephone before use.
  • Ten-number memory dial so users can quickly call frequently and recently used phone numbers.
  • Illuminated keypad with push button technology for use in darkly lit rooms of the house.
  • Ringer and handset volume control for personalized, user loudness customization.
  • No Caller ID means no need to stress about who is calling.
  • Mute button so users can silence their side of the conversation while in noisy rooms or while ridiculing the other party under their breath.

The ConnectSense Telephone is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/telephone and will ship in the third quarter of 2015. Priced at $8.99, the ConnectSense Telephone offers tremendous value compared to smartphones and cordless home handsets, as it includes a cord.

 

About Grid Connect 

Grid Connect (www.GridConnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of wireless sensors. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.ConnectSense.com and on Twitter @ConnectSense

 

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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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February 2015 Newsletter – Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 27, 2015 8:14:59 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, business models, connected devices, connectsense, consumers, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, Grid Connect, Huskie Robotics Team, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT design, IoT platform, IWCE, IWCE Expo, Las Vegas, M2M, machine to machine, Napervile North, network range, Newsletters, NNHS, Perry Marshall, robotics, transmission of data, transmission range, Wireless

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Putting User Interface at the Start of Your IoT Design Process - How are your buyers going to interface with your product? This is one of the toughest aspects of Internet of Things (IoT) product design right now. Today’s consumers and business owners expect multiple ways to access and control the world around them and options for connected devices are numerous. > Read More at GridConnect.com

Going the Distance: How Range Affects IoT Design - The network range required for IoT devices plays a surprisingly important role even in the smallest design decisions. After all, the transmission of data is at the core of IoT devices. Transmission range depends on the type of network used, the environment it will be used in, and the types of data being communicated. > Read More at Remote Magazine

Upcoming Event: What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things - When: March 20, 8:30am-12:00pm | Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV - Room N259 - 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. > Learn More at IWCE Expo

Companies Help Animate Naperville North Robotics Projects - What is 6-foot 5-inches tall and can haul recycling totes and bins to the curb? For members of the Huskie Robotics Team at Naperville North High School, the answer is obvious. It’s their new robot. More than 70 students from Naperville North, as well as a handful of Naperville Central students, are building a tall, 120-pound robot as part of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The Huskie Robotics Team would not be able to function without the assistance of corporate sponsors such as Grid Connect. > Read More at Naperville Sun

What Do You Do When You're 100,000 Miles Away and Your Basement is Flooding? - Earlier this year, Perry Marshall, a revolutionary in sales and marketing, took a trip from Chicago to India. He had just gotten to his destination when he received a text from his ConnectSense Water Sensor that his basement was flooding. So what do you do when you're 10,000 miles away and your basement floods? Here's what Perry did. > Read More at PerryMarshall.com

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Companies help animate Naperville North robotics projects

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 23, 2015 3:46:03 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in connectsense, Create Cut Invent, engineering, engineers, Exelon, Featured In, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, Grid Connect, Huskie Robotics, Lextech, Mark Rowzee, mentor, Molex, Motorola, Naperville, Naperville Central, Naperville North High School, Naperville Sun, Navistar, NNHS, robot

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What is 6-foot 5-inches tall and can haul recycling totes and bins to the curb?

For members of the Huskie Robotics Team at Naperville North High School, the answer is obvious. It’s their new robot.

More than 70 students from Naperville North, as well as a handful of Naperville Central students, are building a tall, 120-pound robot as part of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition.

The Huskie Robotics Team would not be able to function without the assistance of corporate sponsors, said robotics sponsor and science teacher, Mark Rowzee.

Not only do the companies provide monetary support, but many send mentors to work with students.

On any given night, six or seven engineering and other professionals will be on hand to offer whatever help students need. Rowzee estimated mentors devoted more than 300 hours of assistance last year.

This year, Molex and the Exelon Corp. joined the long list of Huskie Robotics sponsors that include Navistar, Grid Connect, Create Cut Invent, ConnectSense, the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Lextech.

Read more at the Naperville Sun.

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January 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 20, 2015 3:52:56 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, cellular carriers, CES, CES 2015, connectsense, General, home automation, Internet of Things, IoT, Las Vegas, M2M, machine to machine, newsletter, Newsletters, smart home, smart outlet, white paper, ZigBee

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10 Internet of Things Design Considerations [White Paper] - Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities gives consumers more features. It also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer while discovering new product use cases and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. > Download the White Paper

How the First Apple HomeKit Products Will Work - The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks. There’s nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work. > Read more at Mashable

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Give You Command of Your Walls - After months of speculation, we're finally getting some dirt on which products will work with Apple's HomeKit once it launches. The Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet replaces a standard wall outlet and includes a USB port. It's available for preorder now and should start shipping this quarter. > Read more at CNET

My 2015 Internet of Things Wishlist - The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most hyped technology of 2014 and 2015 promises even more innovative IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will surface. Building on the growth of IoT in 2014, the IoT will see even more explosive growth and innovation in 2015. Although I have several predictions of what will happen in the IoT world this year, I have one big item on my wish list that involves cellular carriers. > Read more at Embedded Computing Design

Grid Connect's Biggest Takeaways About the Smart Home Space at CES 2015 - A few members of the Grid Connect and ConnectSense teams were excited to attend CES this year. While a lot of time was spent in the booth demoing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, we were able to stretch our legs and explore many other CES exhibits as well. Home automation was a big aspect of the show this year and we were definitely proud to be contributing to it. > Read more at ConnectSense.com

 

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CES 2015: Grid Connect's Biggest Takeaways about the Smart Home Space

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 19, 2015 7:41:38 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Consumer Electronics Show, Events, General, Grid Connect, home automation, Internet of Things, smart device, smart home, smart outlet

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A few members of the Grid Connect and ConnectSense teams were excited to attend CES this year. While a lot of time was spent in the booth demoing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, we were able to stretch our legs and explore many other CES exhibits as well. Home automation was a big aspect of the show this year and we were definitely proud to be contributing to it.

Now that it's been a week since we've returned to the office and had some time to reflect, here are some takeaways we gathered from the Smart Home section of the show...

"Home automation was the belle of the ball at CES 2015. There were a lot of new and exciting products.  I feel like 2015 will be the year that home automation comes into focus and goes mainstream.  The winners in this market are going to be those who focus and build best in class devices that interoperate with other companies devices through standards like HomeKitAllSeenOICThread and others. The losers in this market will be those that try to do it all themselves and build every device under the sun on their system. In the end, what is good for consumers is good for this market. Companies that keep that in mind will do well."

Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect and Founder of ConnectSense

"Wow! As always, the CES was an amazing event. We saw companies in the home automation space introducing products to broaden their product line, while others jumped in where they hadn’t played before.  There seems to be more and more devices every time I check Gizmodo or Mashable. Unfortunately, a lot of them are the same ol’ same ol’…innovation wins with me every time!

The big question is, what company will win the platform war? Are you developing your own ecosystem of devices 'on an island' of their own? Companies need to make sure the applications or the products are upgradable to future standards to take advantage of new features and capabilities. The last thing anyone wants to do is continually replace their devices or systems when new features are enabled."

John Marchiando, Vice President of Business Development at Grid Connect

"There are a lot of people and companies who want to be involved. Many devices are similar to each other so companies must separate themselves from their competition through the features and benefits of their products. They must also make sure to deliver on their promises about the capabilities of each device. Consumers are going to have to research different companies and their products to make sure they are finding the right devices for their needs and ideally, compatible with other home automation products they have now or will have in the future.

As a consumer, my biggest takeaway was that any product I buy needs to be worth the price tag. If the features and benefits are not up to par, or if it just plain doesn't work, it's not going to be in my house."

Brittney Borowicz, Marketing Manager at Grid Connect

And on the first time exhibiting at CES...

"As a first timer, the CES show is massive. The investment of the big companies like Intel, Samsung, LG are unbelievable. Our booth was in the Innovation area, which was fun to see all the different types of companies that were doing cool things. Our new Smart Outlet was well received and demoing it with Siri is a cool feature.  We will be back at CES next year, in the Smart Home section of the show."

Mike Justice, President and CEO of Grid Connect

What was your biggest takeaway about the smart home from CES 2015?

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How the first Apple HomeKit products will work

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 13, 2015 2:37:15 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, International CES, Mashable, smart home, smart outlet

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The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks.

There's nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work.

Let's take a closer look by narrowing in on one of the new products. Grid Connect's ConnectSense Smart Outlet...

Read more at Mashable or download the PDF now.

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Apple Emerges As A Promising Internet Of Things Platform At CES 2015

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 9, 2015 10:34:50 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple, CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, HomeKit, Internet of Things, IoT, Las Vegas, smart outlet, tech, technology, Wireless

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The whole “Internet of Things” theme reached a fever pitch at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Many of the big tech players are trying to become the platform for how to connect together the growing list of devices with wireless technology inside of them–everything from your car to your thermostat.

Apple stopped officially exhibiting at CES back in 1992, but you could find the first batch of devices that are HomeKit certified, which is Apple’s protocol it announced last June for making smart home devices working safely and securely in iOS.

There were quite a “smart outlets” that basically allow you to control an outlet through your Apple product from iHOME, Incipio, GridConnect and iDevices.

Read more at Forbes or download the PDF now.

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