Employee Spotlight: Glenn Rodgers, VP of Production

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 8, 2016 8:33:18 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Arduino, Employee Spotlight, engineering, exploring, fishing, forest preserves, General, Glenn Rodgers, GPS readers, graphic panels, Grid Connect, GW, Internet of Things, IoT, LED strings, metal, microprocessor, Mike Justice, ping pong, product manager, production, Quick Panel HMI, retirement, sales, table tennis, Tech Support, technical writer, Total Control, wood

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About 12 years ago, Glenn Rodgers and Mike Justice sat in an empty building and Glenn made a little, paper sign that said "Grid Connect" and hung it on the door. Glenn and several other employees worked for the next four months without a salary until the Grid Connect business got going. It's clear that Glenn has been extremely dedicated to working for Grid Connect from day one.

Prior to joining the Grid Connect team, Glenn was the product manager for the Quick Panel HMI product line at Total Control. He started with them as the technical writer, then developed the technical support group and training department, and attended trade shows in support of the sales team. Glenn worked there for 14 years until GE bought the company. At Grid Connect, Glenn now concentrates his efforts in support of the production department and some support for engineering. When it comes to working at Grid Connect, Glenn likes the constant stream of new challenges and products... and of course the table tennis. "Grid Connect has grown to become a leader in new technologies. I see a new generation of smart devices and applications that will propel us to become a major player in the Internet of Things (IoT) arena."

Glenn spends a lot of his spare time fishing and exploring local forest preserves. He likes creating things from wood and metal and designing things on a smaller scale, like fishing lures. Glenn still works with his Arduino microprocessor and sets up different maker projects, like LED strings, GPS readers, and graphic panels. Glenn looks forward to retirement in the next few years and continuing to be part of Grid Connect's new growth the IoT space.

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Employee Spotlight: Jonathan Witthoeft, Software Engineer

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 20, 2015 8:42:03 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in bags, BLE, Bluetooth, electrical engineering, Employee Spotlight, General, Grid Connect, Jon, Jonathan, marriage, ping pong, software engineering, Tech Support, ZigBee

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Jonathan Witthoeft has been working with the Grid Connect team for the past five years. After hearing about Grid Connect from a friend, he applied for a technical support position while finishing up his degree in electrical engineering. After spending three years leading tech support at Grid Connect, Jon has fully transitioned to a software engineering position where he spends much of his time working on various ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) projects.

Beyond spending his time working with ZigBee and BLE and taking the occasional tech support call, you can find Jon playing ping-pong with the Grid Connect "A" League or playing (and usually winning at) a game of Bags. Jon says that his favorite part of working for Grid Connect is the people. "Everyone in the Grid Connect family is friendly and easy to work with. It makes a great atmosphere to get work done and keeps us all happy and productive."

Jon was married less than a month ago to his beautiful wife. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Game of Thrones with his wife and their fur babies as well as attending movies and sporting events, and spending time with friends.

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A Quick Rundown of Firefly, Fireplug and Blueport XP

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 3, 2015 10:39:46 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Blueport XP, FireFly, Fireplug, General, Products, Tech Support, Technical Support

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Some of our clients have had problems understanding the functionality of our Firefly modules. We want to make sure that our products are used to their full capability so here is a mini users guide to those devices:

  • Switch 1 is used for factory reset. To reset your module to factory settings:
    • Raise switch 1.
    • Power cycle the device
    • Turn off and on twice to factory reset.
  • If you pair two Firefly modules, make sure the master has switches 2 and 3 lifted, and the slave has switch 2 lifted.
    • After the modules have connected, lower switch 2 on both of them and they will auto-lock as a pair.
  • Switch 4 is for baud rate.
    • Having the switch up is 9600 bps.
    • Having the switch down is the custom baud rate.

If you have any other questions about this product, or any of the other products on the Grid Connect website, please contact Matt at +1 (630) 245-1445 or +1 (800) 975-GRID (4743) for USA Toll Free.

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