Introducing the Smart Power Cord

Aug 3, 2020 12:52:17 PM / by Gary Marrs

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Bringing best-in-class IoT products to market that allow OEMs to quickly and securely cloud enable their products to collect valuable device data, improve customer service, allow remote access and control, automate billing based on usage, greatly improve product maintenance / safety and in some cases help predict failures before they occur.

 


 

SmartCord_1500x1500_-LOSSYConnectSense, a division of Grid Connect and a leader in Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, today announced the general availability of the Smart Power Cord, designed to quickly and securely IoT enable an OEMs product. The Smart Power Cord looks and acts like a power extension cord but has been designed to be a complete IoT solution. By plugging any product or edge device into the Smart Power Cord, it can start providing data that can be used to monitor or data log power consumption, provide remote power on/off/reboot, sense customer usage, provide better maintenance schedules and provide user defined alerts to improve product safety.

The Smart Power Cord can be used with motors, pumps, compressors, electric cars, IT equipment and much more. Ideal applications are monitoring/controlling pumps, commercial appliances, electric vehicle chargers, electric metering and load shedding applications.

It’s no surprise that developing an IoT solution is challenging and full of project risk. Also, IoT projects can be highly customized and continuously evolving to improve efficiencies and analytics.

The ConnectSense Smart Power Cord is an off-the-shelf solution that can quickly IoT enable any product or device and allows companies to create new business models and transform the user experience.

The Smart Power Cord Gateway can provide substantial benefits to the user experience by capturing insightful data and creating actionable events. IoT data can provide significant value, including:

  • Improved customer experience
  • Remote power monitoring and control
  • Provide better maintenance schedules
  • New IoT-based business models

The team at ConnectSense, with more than five years of IoT experience, can leverage their IoT 80/20 cloud platform built on industry-leading technology for security, scalability, and cost efficiency to provide customized solutions. Additionally, ConnectSense can lead development efforts for the full firmware, hardware, web app, as well as the iOS and Android mobile apps.

 

About ConnectSense

ConnectSense develops and manufactures a range of IoT connected products designed to quickly and securely data enable commercial and industrial products.ConnectSense offers solutions that help OEMs and users extract the data from their products and processes to transform their businesses.

ConnectSense partners with a selection of companies to power new products to market quickly and cost-effectively by providing its IoT 80/20™ platform combined with in-house engineering expertise. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

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COVID-19 Company Message

Mar 26, 2020 1:49:54 PM / by Adam Justice

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To our Customers,

During this difficult time, we are doing the best we can to take care of our employees, families, and also you, our customers. 

Many states including ours have released shelter in place orders. Grid Connect remains open and is considered an essential business due to our customer base which includes medical, military, government and manufacturing businesses.

Here is what we are doing during this time:

  • We are open for business and here to help you
  • Majority of our staff are working from home, we have kept a limited crew working in the office to ensure that orders are still sent out.
  • All employees have been asked to adhere to the CDC's recommendations, including the recommendations regarding hand washing, hygienic practices, and maintaining a safe personal distance.
  • We are ordering additional stock of products from Europe, Asia and other places in the world where trade may be halted in the future weeks.
  • If you have special product needs or need to pull in orders, please contact us at sales@gridconnect.com and we will be happy help.

We will continue to closely monitor the news and make any further changes as needed. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us

We thank you for your continued support and business and wish you and your families well during this time.

-Adam & Mike Justice
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Monitoring Solutions for Temporary ICU and Containment Tents

Mar 17, 2020 2:52:13 PM / by Rick Rockershousen

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As the COVID-19 Pandemic is disrupting nearly all phases of daily life, hospitals and healthcare workers are on the front lines of this war. Some hospitals have begun deploying temporary facilities or containment tents to help limit the virus from spreading. The tents rely on negative air pressure to prevent the escape of the virus.

Grid Connect offers easy-to-deploy solutions for the following:

View more sensor options. 

The monitoring sensors can be wireless or hard-wired, and the controllers have embedded monitoring software. Alerts can be sent out via E-Mail, SMS and SNMP.

The intercoms offer quality voice communication over the network. PC based operator software is used to communicate with the intercom endpoints. Also, 3rd-party IP camera video feeds can be brought into the operator software for complete audio and video support for the tent.

Click here, for more information on how AKCP wireless solutions can help with COVID-19 protection. 

Contact us for assistance, our experts are here to help find the right products for your monitoring and communication needs.

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ESP32 Developer Trainings in the USA

Oct 2, 2018 10:53:44 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in training, Espressif

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Do not miss out on attending two ESP32 trainings in Chicago and San Francisco, which Espressif will host in partnership with Grid Connect.

Grid Connect Inc. is Espressif Systems’ franchised distributor in North America. Hence, the collaboration between the two companies in organizing and hosting  two two-day developer courses focused on ESP32.  

The first one will be held in Chicago, on October 15-16 (Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N. Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60563, +1 630 505 4900). 

The second two-day course will be held in San Francisco, on October 18-19 (Courtyard San Francisco Downtown, 299 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, +1 415 947 0700).

These hands-on, in-depth trainings will focus on building end-products using the Espressif IoT Development Framework (ESP-IDF). Additionally, we shall demonstrate how to develop software for the ESP32 chip and the powerful Wi-Fi+BT/BLE MCU modules built around it: ESP32-WROOM-32, ESP32-WROVER and ESP32-PICO-D4. ESP-IDF is the official development framework for the ESP32 chip and the modules built around it. These 2-day trainings will cover the latest version of ESP-IDF (v3.1) and will be given by Espressif engineers.

The agenda covers a wide range of topics and includes:

  • ESP32 Overview

     - Hardware overview

     - Software overview

 

  • Building a product with ESP32

     - Hello World (Development host setup)

     - Buttons and LEDs

     - Network configuration

     - OTA

     - Manufacturing tools

 

  • Going in depth

     - Firmware anatomy and bootup

     - Memory architecture

     - Security architecture

     - Wi-Fi subsystem

     - Bluetooth subsystem

 

  • Power Management

     - ULP and Deep-sleep

     - DFS and Light-sleep

 

  • Debugging and Characterizations

     - Using GDB

     - Crash debugging

     - Heap and stack overflows

     - Application Tracing and SystemView

     - Performance benchmarking

     - Memory footprint analysis

 

  • SDK Frameworks (coverage will be based on participants’ interests)

     - Apple HomeKit (requires MFI license)

     - Audio SDK

     - ESP-MESH SDK

     - Amazon: FreeRTOS

All participants will receive a development kit (ESP32-DevKitC) as part of the course. In addition, other ESP32-based development boards, such as the ESP-WROVER-KIT-VB, ESP32-PICO-KIT, ESP32-LyraT, ESP32-Sense Kit and ESP32-Meshkit-Sense, will be demonstrated.

Attendance Prerequisites:

Classes will be from 8:30am until 4:30pm , with continental breakfast and lunch being provided on each day of the course.

You can sign up for these courses here: https://www.gridconnect.com/products/espressif-esp32-developer-training

 

(Original Press Release distributed, here.)

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Popular Applications for the Internet of Things

Sep 4, 2018 9:16:00 AM / by Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer posted in Internet of Things, Internet of Things Applications, IoT, IoT applications, IoT blogs, Smart City, smart homes, wearables

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There are currently billions of interconnected devices communicating with each other over the internet. These devices are constantly gathering information about their environments, and analyzing the data to help make informed decisions or to automate actions. The Internet of Things (IoT) is made up of a wide-range of devices that can be used for various applications. The applications listed below are only a few of the many possibilities for these devices.

Smart Home

The concept of the smart home has generated a lot of attention for the IoT. Smart home devices can help automate your life at home to make everyday things more convenient. Smart outlets can automatically turn devices on/off, monitor power consumption, and create schedules for devices. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature automatically, create schedules for the temperature at day and night, and can adjust the temperature when you are home or away. These are just a couple of the devices being designed to help improve the at-home experience.

 

Smart City

The possibilities for smart cities are endless. The IoT can be used to help manage traffic, monitor water distribution, manage energy usage, or even monitor the environment. The implementation of sensors within cities can help alleviate a lot of major problems that cities are facing, as well as help create more environmentally friendly cities.

 

Wearable Technology

Wearable technologies are able to collect information about the user. These technologies are equipped with sensors and software capable of monitoring your body for fitness or health purposes. Devices such as smart watches or smart glasses are currently very popular IoT wearable devices.

 

Energy Management

The IoT has become increasingly popular as a means for monitoring power grids. Smart grids collect information about electricity suppliers, as well as the behavior of consumers. This information is used to improve the efficiency of power grids and to help reduce energy usage. Additionally, these grids can detect power outages quickly, making it easier to get power back when it goes out.

 

Connected Vehicles

The use of interconnected devices in the automation industry is progressing more slowly in comparison to in the other industries listed above. However, many car manufacturers and other technology companies are working hard to develop smart cars and self-driving vehicles. This industry has a lot of potential for growth and will likely take large steps forward in the coming years.

 

These examples only scratch the surface in terms of the capabilities and other potential applications for the IoT. The ability to accurately monitor environments through these connected devices and networks holds a lot of value for many different types of applications. The amount of connect devices is growing more and more every year, which means there will be more innovative solutions coming in the near future.

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CAN FD Technology Day in the USA

Jul 19, 2018 10:07:00 AM / by Grid Connect Team posted in CAN FD, In The News

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This September, take part in CAN FD Technology Day, presented by CAN in Automation (CiA).

CAN FD Technology Day brings the latest trends and development in CAN FD to engineers and system integrators in the U.S.

 

Don’t miss out, add it to your calendars now!

September 18, 2018

Irvine, CA

 

For more information and registration please click here.

Shop CAN and CAN FD products here.

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Amazon FreeRTOS on Espressif ESP32!

Jul 18, 2018 11:04:01 AM / by Grid Connect Team posted in Internet of Things Applications, IoT blogs, IoT solutions, Press Releases, Espressif

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Espressif Systems collaborates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer Amazon FreeRTOS for their ESP32 products. Making Internet of Things (IoT) easier by providing a secure connection between ESP32-based devices and AWS cloud services.


Check out these popular ESP32 products:

 

Shop more Espressif products here.

 

Learn more at Espressif.com

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ConnectSense Partners with Wayne Water Systems to Integrate its IoT 80/20™ Technology in its Premium Connected Basement Protection Systems

Feb 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by admin

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Bringing best-in-class smart products to market quicker and more affordable than ever with its complete, in-house IoT solution, ConnectSense has collaborated with Wayne Water Systems to take basement protection to a new level.

NAPERVILLE, IL -- February 8, 2018 -- ConnectSense, a leader in smart home connectivity, has partnered with Wayne Water Systems, creators of worry free residential water management solutions, on its first premium digitally connected basement protection sump system.

The Basement Guardian, powered by ConnectSense’s IoT 80/20 platform, is a premium, Wi-Fi connected, total basement protection system featuring two full size, all cast iron pumps. The new efficient backup pump can drain 11,000 gallons of water on a single charge. The Basement Guardian has been billed as the Hardest Working Pump You’ll Never Hear™ due to its silent build. When a home loses power, the Local Link™ technology allows the homeowner to monitor their basement on their iOS or Android app from wherever they are.

The team at ConnectSense, with more than five years of Internet of Things (IoT) experience, leveraged their IoT 80/20 cloud platform built on industry-leading technology for scalability, reliability, and cost efficiency.  Additionally, ConnectSense lead development efforts for the full firmware, hardware, web app, as well as the iOS and Android mobile apps.

To-date, ConnectSense has collaborated with several large home brands to make traditional household items smart. Some additional recent partners include one of the world's largest manufacturers of plumbing supplies, Moen, and premium lock manufacturer Schlage.

"Our team works great with companies like Wayne, who are passionate for their work and the customers they serve. The ConnectSense team is able to get their product connected and to market quickly and affordably, while staying competitive in their marketplace," said Adam Justice, CEO of ConnectSense. "This allows them to focus on what they do best, building reliable, industry-leading pumps that help keep homes dry."

"We didn’t want to bring the Basement Guardian to market without leveraging a partnership with ConnectSense," said Donald Williams, VP of Engineering at Wayne Water Systems. "They have an impressive reputation for producing seamless customer experiences and monitoring capabilities that are essential for the at-home sump pump system. We are confident they are the best partner to offer the IoT development our team needed."

The Basement Guardian will be available for purchase in April 2018 for $1,700. For more information about the partnership, please contact PR representative Kristen Mondshein at kristen@sourcecodecomms.com.

 

About ConnectSense
ConnectSense develops and manufactures a range of connected products designed to make the smart home attainable and manageable for consumers. With a focus on ease of use and simplicity, ConnectSense offers products that help users control and monitor their home.

ConnectSense partners with a selection of companies to power new products to market quickly and cost-effectively by providing its IoT 80/20™ platform combined with in-house engineering expertise. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

 

About Wayne Water Systems

Founded in 1928 Wayne Water Systems , formerly Wayne Home Equipment Co., has been assembling quality residential water pumps for nearly 7 decades. Focused on QUALITY, SERVICE, and INNOVATION Wayne helps its customers protect and enjoy their homes by providing them with worry free water management solutions. The company strives to be the global brand of choice for residential basement protection, nuisance water removal and fresh water supply systems. For additional information and to contact Wayne, visit www.waynepumps.com

 

Media Contact:

Kristen Mondshein

kristen@sourcecodecomms.com

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Bluetooth in Home Automation and Internet of Things

Aug 14, 2017 1:25:11 PM / by Jonathan Witthoeft posted in Bluetooth, home automation, Internet of Things, IoT, smart home

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Home automation has been on the rise as the cost of integrating wireless communication in devices has dropped significantly. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apple’s iCloud, and Google’s Cloud have given people the means to remotely monitor and control their homes. However, where does this leave Bluetooth in home automation and the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Bluetooth for Local Access

Bluetooth has not been a stranger to local automation with many devices that we control using it. From wireless speakers to LED light bulbs, many manufacturers provide smartphone apps to control their devices via Bluetooth. The newest Bluetooth specifications have incorporated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which has made smart, battery-powered devices more accessible without having to recharge or change the batteries on a frequent basis. This gives Bluetooth an edge over Wi-Fi, which is a more power hungry technology. Now, you can place home automation products anywhere without being restricted to power outlet locations. No more need for power strips and bulky power supplies when devices can run for months on a single battery. This is great for local home automation, but since Bluetooth cannot connect directly to the Internet, how can we access these devices remotely?

Smart Home Hubs for Remote Access

This is where we introduce the smart home hubs. Recently, the biggest players in IoT have been releasing voice-activated assistants for your home. Apple just announced HomePod which brings the voice control and intelligence of Siri to your home. This is to be compared to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Google Home. All of these popular home assistants have two things in common: voice control and Bluetooth radios.

Through the appeal and convenience of a voice-controlled home assistant, these companies have placed a Bluetooth-to-Internet gateway in your home. These smart home hubs serve a dual purpose by providing the user with voice control as well as remote access to their Bluetooth smart home devices. Currently the Echo and Google Home can only be used to communicate with the devices already on the cloud with local Bluetooth devices currently needing their own proprietary solutions to relay information to these corresponding clouds. Apple, on the other hand, through the HomeKit protocol, has defined its own standard for IoT inter-device communication. As long as these devices are designed according to HomeKit specifications, a user can access the HomePod, an Apple TV, or an iPad left at home to control local Bluetooth devices remotely. Google Home, on the other hand, has taken the approach of communicating with other proprietary smart home products, but has not yet utilized a standard for smart home devices. Therefore you are limited to a number of specific manufactures if you want compatible smart home accessories.

With the use of in-demand smart home assistants and the wireless power saving advantages of BLE, Bluetooth has an edge over Wi-Fi when it comes to home automation and IoT. Devices can be designed smaller, with greater battery life, and installed virtually anywhere in the home. Imagine Bluetooth sensors for door locks, temperature, lights, windows, motion detection, leak detection, power outlets, blinds, and much more. Bluetooth devices are now accessible from your fingertips anywhere in the world and are truly the future of home automation.

 

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Grid Connect Named One of 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois

Apr 19, 2017 10:08:37 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Best Places to Work in Illinois, Events, Featured In, General, Press Releases

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Grid Connect was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 29 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 25 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 21 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). Grid Connect has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. In the small business category.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 15 employees working in Illinois;
  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of Illinois; and
  • Be in business a minimum of one year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Grid Connect will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 18 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 26. The final rankings will be announced at the event and announced on the Business Ledger website (www.dhbusinessledger.com).

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkinIL.com or contact Jennifer Aquiler at 717-909-1570 x3244.

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