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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Grid Connect's Outlet Forms a Smart Home Foundation

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 8, 2015 9:28:14 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in CES 2015, CNET, ConnectSense, connectsense, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, smart outlet

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Grid Connect Introduces Wi-Fi Enabled ConnectSense Smart Outlet With Apple HomeKit Integration

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 5, 2015 7:20:27 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple, Apple HomeKit, ConnectSense, connectsense, General, Grid Connect, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Press Releases, Siri, smart outlet, ZigBee

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Be Showcased at CES 2015

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 5, 2015) - A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home easily by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. The Smart Outlet gives users greater command over their environment by allowing them to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans, air conditioners, televisions, coffee machines, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines/dryers and many other household devices. For example, parents can make TV viewing or video games off limits until a specified time; homeowners can program the house lights to turn on when the garage door opens; and the washer and dryer can notify homeowners when laundry is complete.

Integration with Apple HomeKit technology provides quick and powerful access to control smart outlets anywhere in the home via Siri. This allows for control over both individual and groups of devices, as well as allowing interaction with other HomeKit-enabled products from many different manufacturers.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is the first device to include Wi-Fi, which allows the Smart Outlet to communicate with other smart devices and battery-powered sensors. Other features that make the Smart Outlet unique include:

  • Easy Wi-Fi set up and simple programming of rules and notifications.
  • Dual electrical sockets so users can make the most of their available outlets.
  • HomeKit integration so users can group together with other HomeKit-enabled devices, providing an easy, secure way to control your home's lights, doors, thermostats, and more from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • USB charging port that supports rapid charging.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/preorder, and will ship in the first quarter of 2015. Priced at $79.95, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers tremendous value compared to other smart plugs, as it includes a dual plug, a USB charger outlet, HomeKit support to communicate with other sensors. By comparison, the cost of two smart plugs from competitors, as well as additional USB chargers, would easily cost $130 or more.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet will be showcased at CES 2015, Booth 75626 in the Eureka Park area, January 6-9 in Las Vegas.

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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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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Grid Connect Launches ConnectSense Line of Wireless Sensors for Home and Business

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 29, 2014 12:35:57 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Amazon, ConnectSense, connectsense, DIY, DIY Home Security, embedded networking, General, Grid Connect, home automation, IIC, Industrial Internet Consortium, Internet of Things, IoT, IPSO, IPSO Alliance, Press Releases, Sensors, Wi-Fi, wifi, wireless sensors

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NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2014) - Grid Connect (gridconnect.com), a manufacturer and distributor of embedded networking products, entered the rapidly-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry with the launch of ConnectSense (connectsense.com), a line of wireless sensors to automate home and business. ConnectSense sensors will be showcased at Sensors Expo, Booth 517, June 24-26, in Rosemont, Ill.

ConnectSense is a platform of low-cost, cloud-based Wi-Fi 802.11b/g wireless sensors that monitor changes in the user's environment and then sends notifications via phone call, email, text or Tweet. Sensors are available to monitor temperature, humidity, water, motion, security and light.

ConnectSense devices transmit alerts using Wi-Fi, the ubiquitous wireless technology found in business offices and homes. ConnectSense allows users to leverage their existing Wi-Fi network without the need to purchase any additional hardware or gateways. Users set alert scenarios using ConnectSense.com, a cloud-based interface that can be accessed via a PC, Mac, tablet, phone, or any other device with a web browser.

Unlike other monitoring systems that require expensive installations and recurring monthly monitoring fees, ConnectSense is a Do It Yourself (DIY) system that does not require monitoring fees.

Sensors are portable and can be battery or wall powered, allowing them to be used in places without traditional electrical outlets, such as boats and greenhouses.

Grid Connect has an exclusive retail relationship with amazon.com for ConnectSense sensors. They also are available at shop.connectsense.com.

ConnectSense is a new member of IPSO Alliance, a global collaborative forum of leading IoT companies, and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a new organization to further development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines, intelligent analytics and people.

About GridConnect
Grid Connect, an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things. The company's custom engineering services and attentive customer support ensure that all networking technology products sold by Grid Connect work to customer specifications. In-stock items usually ship the same day, and all products come with a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. Grid Connect also can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect.

For information contact:

Linda Muskin
847-432-7300
Email Contact

Mara Conklin
678-825-2000
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10 Things to consider - DIY cloud based home security VS. home security companies

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 28, 2014 1:30:28 PM / by Jonathan Witthoeft posted in Cloud, ConnectSense, DIY, DIY Home Security, General, Home Security, Internet of Things, IoT, Remote Security, Sensors

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I recently purchased my first home. While the property was vacant and owned by the bank, the screens were split in an effort to try to break into the home. Luckily the doors and windows were locked at the time and the offender decided to walk away. This made me consider security when I moved in and I weighed some options. I want to feel safe while away from home and wanted to be prepared for a break in, but the costs associated with security systems are way too high. This is why I decided to go with a DYI solution and ended up installing the ConnectSense line of products. I now have peace of mind with no additional costs and without the headaches involved with home security service providers. The following is a list of things to consider before jumping into a conventional security service.

1. Installation

Most home security companies require a technician to come and install security systems. Not only are you inviting a stranger into your house, but this could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. It is especially expensive if your home isn’t pre-wired or you go with an elaborate system. With DIY security sensors like ConnectSense, you do not need to run cables because they are wireless, you can mount them anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection, and the installation takes less than 5 minutes for a non-technical person.

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2. Monthly Fees

Monthly fees for a monitored security system can range anywhere from $25 to over $100 a month and typically require a several year contract. That usually exceeds the average annual homeowner's policy discount for having the service. These fees do not apply to a DIY security network. The system automatically does the monitoring for you and will send you a notification in the event there is a security threat.

3. False Alarms

Approximately 80% of reported alarms are false alarms. When this alarm is received by a security monitoring center and they contact the police, you will be billed for the false alarm. With cloud based DIY sensors like ConnectSense, you get notified directly (via email, phone call, text, or tweet) instead of it going through a monitoring center. You can use your own judgment whether or not to call the police. This will save you from expensive false alarm fees.

4. Response Time

False alarms overwhelm security monitoring centers do to the high amount of them. To avoid these false alarms, monitoring centers set rules that allows the resident as long as 2 minutes to disable the alarm before they notify you or the police. This gives an intruder 2 extra minutes. With a ConnectSense security system, you personally get notified within a minute of a security threat.

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5. Activating/Deactivating

Monitored home security systems work only if you remember to activate them. This requires you to arm the system whenever you leave and disarm the system whenever you get home. With cloud based home security systems like ConnectSense, there is a scheduler that allows you to select what times and what days of the week you want to receive notifications for specific sensors. You can essentially make a schedule for when the security system, or part of the security system, is active and when it is not active.

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6. Power Outages

Most monitored security systems will not work with a power outage. Even if they have a battery backup, it will work for at most a day. ConnectSense cloud based security sensors can be powered by outlet or batteries. On batteries, these sensors will work up to 3 years. All you need is a backup battery for your Wi-Fi access point.

7. Remote Accessibility/Deactivation

With monitored home security, in the event of a false alarm, if you want to remotely disable the alarm, you would have to call your security monitoring center and tell them to disable the alarm. With cloud based DIY security like ConnectSense, you can adjust rules and disable sensors from any device with an internet connection.

8. Environmental Monitoring

Most home security companies have some basic environmental monitoring sensors available that are geared toward safety. These are usually smoke detectors and CO2 sensors. With cloud based sensors like ConnectSense you can add other sensors like temperature and humidity sensors, water sensors for detecting basement floods, light sensors, and motion sensors. And all sensors can also trigger output devices such as a smart alarm siren strobe, 0-10VDC digital output, or a power relay output in order to control a sump pump, cooling system, audible alarm system, etc.

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9. Use of Third Party Sensors

Home security companies require you to pay for and use their own sensors. With ConnectSense, you are able to use any third party sensor with a dry contact output using a dry contact input device. There is also a 4-20mA solution as well.

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10. Expandability

With home security companies, you have to call them to add more sensors, and schedule them to install them for you if you ever want to expand you service. This is costly and inconvenient. With cloud based solutions like ConnectSense you add sensors to your account and are able to manage them individually. Expansion is simple and cost nothing more than the cost of the hardware.

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