Grid Connect Taps John Marchiando as VP, Business Development

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 12, 2014 8:00:56 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, Business Development, employees, General, Grid Connect, Internet of Things, John Marchiando, Press Releases

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (August 12, 2014) – Grid Connect (gridconnect.com), a manufacturer and distributor of embedded networking products, has appointed John Marchiando as vice president of business development. Marchiando will focus on growing the customer base for the Internet of Things (IoT) business, which includes the company’s ConnectSense line of smart products that automate homes and businesses.

Grid Connect entered the rapidly-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry with the launch of ConnectSense in November 2013. Since then, the company has developed smart sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, water, motion, security and light.

“The Internet of Things market is growing rapidly and I’m excited to help Grid Connect become a significant player in the home and business automation market,” said Marchiando. “I’ve worked with Grid Connect executives in the past and respect them tremendously.”

Marchiando has more than 25 years of experience growing sales for technology companies in networking products, industrial automation and automotive markets. He joins Grid Connect from Houston Wire & Cable, one of the largest distributors of electrical wire and cable and related services in the U.S. industrial distribution market, where he served as region vice president. Marchiando also held senior roles at Anixter, Inc. and Lantronix.

“John is a talented business development professional; his sales and management skills are unbeatable,” said Mike Justice, founder and president of Grid Connect. “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to work with him again.”

Marchiando is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He resides in Plainfield, Ill.

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 protected]

Mara Conklin, 678-825-2000
[email protected]

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

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 29, 2014 11:35:57 AM / 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
Email Contact

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Grid Connect Inc. Selected as Exclusive North American Distributor of High-Flying Products

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 20, 2014 8:26:56 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Canada, China, consumer electronics, custom engineering, engineer, firmware, General, government, Grid Connect, High-Flying, Industrial, internet, Mexico, networking, North America, Press Releases, product engineering, Products, smart home, smart metering, Technical Support, technology, Wi-Fi modules, Wireless

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NAPERVILLE, IL--(Mar 20, 2014) - Grid Connect (www.gridconnect.com), a distributor and manufacturer of networking technology, has been named the exclusive North American distributor of High-Flying products, a line of low power Wi-Fi modules that enable devices to connect to the Internet.

High-Flying Electronics Technology Corporation (www.hi-flying.com), based in China, is a leader in Internet of Things enabling solutions. High-Flying products are used in industrial, smart metering, smart home, government, consumer and education markets.

As the North American distributor, Grid Connect provides High-Flying customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico technical support, customized product engineering and North American inventory, eliminating the time, expense and resources needed for importing, customs and duties.

With Grid Connect's custom engineering design services, High-Flying modules can be pre-loaded with customers' specific firmware, webpages and setup parameters, making modules production line-ready.

North American technical support is provided by Grid Connect's engineers, who are knowledgeable about wired and wireless technology and are trained by High-Flying to customize the software to customers' exact requirements. Technical support is available by phone, email and on-line chat.

"The High-Flying product line compliments Grid Connect's network technology products and services, and utilizes our experience in developing Cloud applications that solve problems," said Mike Justice, president of Grid Connect.

While Grid Connect carries an inventory of all High-Flying products, first time customers can order small quantities or evaluation kits. Additional information and online ordering is available at www.gridconnect.com.

About Grid Connect Inc.
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. Online ordering is available at www.gridconnect.com. Grid Connect also can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect.

 

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Introducing the xPico – Smallest Device Server in the World

[fa icon='calendar'] May 16, 2012 11:02:18 AM / by Jonathan Witthoeft posted in chip, embedded, Ethernet, General, Press Releases, Products, RJ45, xPort, xPico

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xPico is a networking solution that enables Ethernet connectivity on any serial interface.  This little, chip sized xPico is the smallest embedded device server in the world.  It is a complete device server with a full IP stack and web server.  It supports serial data rates up to 921Kbps and has the same functionality and user interface of the xPort.

xPico has added versatility to the xPort by removing its RJ45 circuitry. The end user can now use custom circuitry and is not bound to the xPort’s hardware components. The xPico therefore supports POE circuitry and boards that already supply an RJ45 jack and magnetics.

 

The xPico starts at $25.00 and is available both as a module and in a development kit

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New GridConnect.com Wins Interactive Media Award

[fa icon='calendar'] May 7, 2012 12:03:02 PM / by Adam Justice posted in General, Gorilla, Gorilla Commerce, Grid Connect, Interactive Media Award, Press Releases, website

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With our recent relaunch of our website Grid Connect Inc. has won an Interactive Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in the B2B category. Grid Connect was recognized through its partnership with Gorilla Commerce for "Modern, clean design elements showcase the brand and its array of highly technical products. Simplified product discovery, achieved through updated information architecture, guides customers to the exact product they need, and into the conversion funnel, faster. Accelerated site performance, with page load speeds across the site clocking just over 1 second, enhances the user experience throughout their online shopping process."

For more information on the new gridconnect.com go to gridconnect.com/new

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Announcing the gridARM System on a Chip

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 22, 2011 4:13:19 PM / by Adam Justice posted in ASIC, Atmel, Ethernet, General, gigabit ethernet, Grid Connect, gridARM, IT, Press Releases, Products

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gridARM System on a ChipToday we are announcing the gridARMtm, System on a Chip, with integrated Gigabit Ethernet. The gridARM is targeted at the low cost embedded marketplace where cost and performance are important. The cost for quantity 100 pieces is $10 each.

The gridARM is designed for low cost products that require a fast Ethernet connection. As most IT networks, PCs and laptops are all gigabit Ethernet, it only makes sense to have all your devices on the network to be as fast as possible. The gridARM is designed to be the main processor in the system. The cost of adding Ethernet to your product is now low and can be a marketing and performance advantage for your product.

The gridARM is available in volume today. The development kit includes an evaluation board, cables, JTAG emulator, power supply and a complete set of development tools including a royalty free real-time operating system, TCP/IP v4/6 library, web server, telnet and example tunneling software.

The gridARM is available in two packages – 225 pin BGA and 208 pin QFP. The gridARM chip includes an ARM7TDMI core, 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC, CAN controller, up to 3 serial ports, I2C, SPI, on chip SRAM, USB device, A/D converters, and interfaces for SDRAM, Flash, Compact Flash, external SRAM, and NAND flash.

The gridARM is our third ASIC in the family. The LX and EX ASICs have been around since the early 2000 and are used by thousands of customers in commercial and industrial applications. The gridARM is manufactured for Grid Connect by Atmel Corporation.

For more details or to purchase a development kit please go to: http://gridconnect.com/network-components/dstni-ex-dstni-lx-gridarm-chips.html?cat=108

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IP in your hand… Really!!

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 8, 2010 2:37:58 PM / by Rick Rockershousen posted in custom engineering, General, IP technology, live swap, NET232, NET232jr, network, OEM, Press Releases, Products, serial devices, serial port devices

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The world’s tiniest device server, the NET232jr, was originally nicknamed by its first customer as “IP In Your Hand”.   This clever turn of phrase gave us a few chuckles, but it does point out the amazingly small size of the NET232jr.    The  NET232 “junior” enables serial devices with IP technology in the smallest package available in the world (as far as we know!).

We were able to shrink down the size of our standard NET232 by getting rid of the power regulation circuitry and the power LED.    This change requires that power be provided to the NET232jr over the serial port (coming from the serial device), and that power must be regulated at 3.3VDC or 5VDC.    This obviously means that the NET232jr is not for everyone.

The NET232jr has been primarily used thus far by OEMs who want to offer it as an add-on for their serial port devices, and who have the ability to modify the serial port of their product to put out the power required.    You might ask “if you’re going to modify your product to put out power on the serial port, why not just go ahead and add the XPort (the main component inside the NET232jr) to your product instead?”    Well, there are several reasons why you might not want to do that.  First and foremost is cost.  Maybe you expect only a limited percentage of your customers to actually need an Ethernet connection.   Why put an XPort in every product?  Why not just sell an add-on that is small, smart, cost-effective and can be customized to your specifications with ease?   This is the motivation for the NET232jr.

Another interesting use of the “junior” is when you have a serial device that must be operational at all times, and you need to “live swap” it for servicing quickly and simply.   If you use the NET232jr as the network connection, then you can leave the NET232jr attached to the network while you swap out whatever serial device is attached.  This means you do not have to reconfigure the network connection for the new device; you simply plug it in and the NET232jr “remembers” the network settings.   Thus, you do not need to call in IT personnel to replace your serial device – anyone can do it – just plug it in!

The NET232jr came into existence when a customer asked for something smaller than the NET232 (which is already one of the smallest Serial to Ethernet device servers on the market).    Grid Connect is happy to discuss your project/product needs with you and see if we can find a solution – even if you don’t see on our website.  We have on staff a team of engineers dedicated to finding solutions to your networking problems.    Maybe you need a custom design that will fit in your enclosure or cabinet.  Who knows – maybe you’ll even see an “IP in your cabinet” blog post someday!

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