How Big Data Affects Networks in the Internet of Things

Aug 8, 2016 2:21:09 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, connected devices, data, data analytics, echI, Edge, Edge IoT, General, industry, information, Internet of Things, IoT, Joe Duncan, network, oT data, predict, resolve, tehcnologyt


By Joe Duncan, Marketing

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been talked about as an industry dealing in data, because of the massive amount of information produced by sensor technology. In fact, harvesting data from connected devices has become one of the key excitements concerning IoT technology, as it allows for the drastic advance in the analytics of failure, evaluation, implementation and efficiency. With the newfound information, businesses and industries can know sooner and with more accuracy how their products/production are being affected by external factors. This information could be used in an industrial environment to regulate the humidity of a manufacturing facility when dealing with a sensitive material, or it could be used in the context of a grocery store advertising different coupons to a regular customer who is known to never purchase coffee. In these cases, advanced data analytics is crucial to the development of quick fixes when opportunities arise. Efficacy and speed is the name of the game.

However, the difficulty that has already begun to arise with this technology is the volume at which this data is gathered. Cisco throws out the fact that the past 2000 years have garnered about 2 exabytes of data altogether, while in the current era we are generating that amount every day. Questions arise about the value of all this data, and how to sort through it effectively so that a timely response can be implemented. One suggested resolution has been in the development of more advanced network technology at the local level. With the cloud being a big source for the analytics of IoT data, there is progress to be had by moving that process back to the device itself. This has process has been called moving toward the Edge, or more simply, Edge IoT analytics.

Companies able to invest in the stability and speed of their networks will have the ability, with the development of advanced data analytics through the IoT, to predict and resolve problems earlier. In addition, the cost in bandwidth to transport this massive amount of data to the cloud is far greater than analyzing it locally. Businesses and institutions interested in being competitive as the IoT progresses will have to capitalize on network technology which leverages computer capacity closer to the local network and to the device itself. Reliance on servers for the analytic and decision-making process will become obsolete as the increased volume of data makes that process expensive and inefficient.

The creation and sustainment of networks will go through massive changes as the IoT progresses. A high demand for local analytics will notably adjust the way we do networks especially when it comes to their efficiency and security.

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Business Ledger honors 74 companies as exceptional workplaces

May 27, 2016 2:12:03 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Best Places to Work in Illinois, business, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Illinois, small business


Last night, Grid Connect attended the awards ceremony for Best Places to Work in Illinois and were honored to be placed in the top 30 small businesses in the state. This award was determined by examining workplace policies, practices, and demographics and then comparing them to those of other business in the state of Illinois. After this was evaluated, employee surveys were taken to determine the variations in employee experiences within different businesses. These two evaluations were then combined to create a final ranking for each business.

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16 unique employee benefits

Feb 15, 2016 12:49:28 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, Dennis Zink, employee benefits, Featured In, General, Grid Connect


Creating unique employee benefits is one of the best ways to attract and retain valuable talent for a company. Journalist Dennis Zink for the Herald-Tribune listed a variety of companies that have had employee benefits that have succeeded in bringing in and keeping their talented employees. Grid Connect was one of the companies mentioned because of its tradition to provide its employees free weekly lunches, free weekly massages at their desks, and an unlimited vacation policy. As long as you let everyone in the office know you will be gone, you can take as much time as you need. These unique employee benefits have allowed for Grid Connect to be successful.

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Smart bosses reveal their secrets to hiring

Oct 5, 2015 11:00:25 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Brain's Chicago Business, business, Chicago, Crain's, Employee Spotlight, Featured In, General, hiring, small business


If you're a small-business owner in Chicago, your glass probably looks half-full compared with this time last year. The regional economy is slowly recovering from its stumble, more banks are showing enthusiasm for lending and consumer spending is up. Enough of you are confident that, in a survey earlier this year conducted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, 71 percent of you plan to grow your small businesses over the next 12 months.

For many, that translates to hiring. But hiring can be a daunting prospect for small-business owners—that's because every person you sign on plays a crucial role. It can be a challenge to find the right person who can juggle multiple tasks and not disrupt what's often a tightknit, family-like company culture.

Read more at Crain's Chicago Business or download the PDF now.

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Join Us at RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit (Boston)!

May 14, 2015 9:39:46 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Boston, business, entrepreneurship, Events, General, Internet of Things, IoT, RE.WORK, science, technology






When: May 28-29, 2015
Where: Boston, MA

The Internet of Things Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. The event will showcase the opportunities of the internet of things and the potential for a positive impact on business and society.

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Join Us at Internet of Things World 2015!

Apr 27, 2015 8:57:48 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in appliance manufacturers, business, California, connected home, consumer IoT, Events, General, home automations, Industrial IoT, Internet of Things, Internet of Things World, interoperability, IoT, IoT event, IoT standards, IoT World, monetizing the IoT, platform providers, QoS, San Fransisco, smart home







 May 12-13, 2015
Where: Moscone Center - San Francisco, CA
Booth #: 312
Silver Sponsor

Internet of Things World 2015 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive IoT event -  with over 4,000 attendees, 275+ industry thought leaders and 150+ exhibitors. With a focus on monetizing the IoT revolution through bringing together ecosystem wide attendees, stakeholders and investors, Internet of Things World is a unique opportunity to promote your IoT message right in the heartland of IoT development.

2014 was an important year for IoT with huge opportunities of this technology firmly being realized. Accenture’s late 2014 report predicts that 69% of consumers plan to buy an in-home device by 2019, reaffirming that consumer adoption of connected technology is on the rise.

In 2015,  the tremendous excitement around IoT is now bearing fruit in terms of concrete products and services. Now is the time to bring together the entire ecosystem in order to assess the commercial opportunities, to highlight the key challenges hindering IoT and to assess the range of solutions available to create a sustainable future for IoT.

The 2nd annual Internet of Things World is the only independent business event dedicated to IoT. It assesses the key horizontal challenges affecting the range of vertical markets while also featuring dedicated tracks looking at industry-specific issues.

Internet of Things World is brought to you by Informa Telecoms & Media, the world’s leading provider of events in the communications market place.

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Panel Discussion: Bringing together the array of industry players in the Smart Home
When: May 13, 2015, 5pm-5:30pm

  • Ensuring sustainable business models for interaction and interoperability
  • How can/should appliance manufacturers, platform providers & other key players work together effectively?
  • Who are the key players that will drive the future Connected Home?
  • How to ensure usability and QoS?
  • Who are setting the standards?
  • How can carriers step into home automation markets?
  • Highlighting the latest standardizations development
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Tech In Motion Panel: IoT: More than Just a Buzzword

Mar 18, 2015 9:39:38 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, American RFID Solutions, Aubrey Jackson, business, buzzword, Chicago, connected devices, Events, future, General, Grid Connect, Harold G. Clampitt, HERE, home automation, interconnected, Internet of Things, IoT, Jason Kolb, Kaplan, Mahesh Ramananjaiah, Matt Krzus, panel, speaking, Tech In Motion, TechNexus, technology, Uptake, wearables


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When: March 25, 6:00PM
Where: TechNexus, 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 1200, Chicago, IL

Session Title: IoT: More than Just a Buzzword

What the heck is the Internet of Things? Everyone's heard of it, but it seems like few have the ability to articulate what this buzz phrase actually means. Part of that is because the definition of IoT is so fractured. Everyone seems to have their own take on it.

For this event, we're talking to several panelists whose companies specialize in interconnected devices, whether they be for businesses, for the home, or wearables, and asking them the hard question: What is the Internet of Things to YOU? We'll also be talking about the future of this phenomenon.

Adam Justice, VP and General Manager of Grid Connect
Harold G. Clampitt, CEO and Founder of American RFID Solutions
Jason Kolb, CTO of Uptake
Mahesh Ramananjaiah, Senior Architect at HERE
Aubrey Jackson, Senior Software Engineer at HERE

Matt Krzus, Lead Data Scientist at Kaplan

About Tech In Motion:

Tech in Motion is broad by design, the goal of this group is to be interactive and allow technology enthusiasts to learn from other professionals, have questions answered in real-time, discover new tech, and hear stories that inspire. This group is a place for technology professionals who wouldn’t normally cross paths to meet, collaborate, and learn about what their peers are doing across the city. To learn more about Tech in Motion, click here!

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February 2015 Newsletter – Link Round Up

Feb 27, 2015 7:14:59 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



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

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

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10 Internet of Things (IoT) Design Considerations: Interoperability and Security

Feb 2, 2015 6:21:26 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in AllJoyn, AllSeen Alliance, Apple, business, cloud apps, end-to-end solutions, ETSI, General, Google, HomeKit, IETF, Internet of Things, internet standards, interoperability, IoT, IoT solutions, IoT space, IoT standards, manufacturers, Microsoft, Nest, protocols, Samsung, security, security threats, Sony, Telecom, Thread, White Papers


9. Interoperability

As more manufacturers enable their products for the IoT, consumers will be introduced to many different cloud applications due to lack of cooperation between difference devices and companies. This is where the emerging IoT standards can help. Device manufacturers who support these standards will be able to ensure their products will be able to work and communicate with other manufacturers’ products that support the same protocols. This makes operating many IoT-enabled devices together much more simple and convenient. This also opens up new business opportunities by allowing for new features that the original manufacturers never dreamed of. For example, interoperability means that one day it might be possible for a consumer to simply say, “good night, house” to their app, and the app will programmatically turn-off all of the main house lights, TV’s and appliances and turn on the outside lighting, set the alarm clock for the morning and set the coffee pot to start brewing when the sun rises. In this example, each device could be from a different manufacturer, but since they all support the same standard, the application knows how to talk to them all and create new service offerings.

Some of the emerging interoperability standards include: Thread (supported by the likes of Google/Nest, Samsung and more), HomeKit (supported by Apple), AllJoyn (supported by Microsoft and Sony, part of the AllSeen Alliance), IETF (an internet standards body) and ETSI (a European-based standards organization – primarily in Telecom). The standards landscape is changing rapidly and manufacturers need to adapt their products to work with these standards as they are consolidated and settled in the future.

10. Security

Building a secure IoT-enabled device comes at a cost. As the IoT continues to grow, there is an increasing focus on its security and how safe the claims of end-to-end solutions really are. While security threats in the news have scared away some manufacturers and consumers from entering the IoT space, others view it as an opportunity for added value to their products. Implementing high-cost security into every product a company has is ideal, however not very economical. Manufacturers must find proper security for each of their IoT solutions while keeping costs down for them and their end-user.

This process must start at the time of a product's conception. Proper due-diligence is required from each manufacturer to find a way to secure their devices, protect their consumer and ultimately, the rest of the IoT world as well.


>  For more information, please call Grid Connect Inc. at +1 (630) 245-1445, or email us at

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Mary Miller on the Importance of Human Connection at Grid Connect

Dec 9, 2014 7:31:10 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, customer service, customers, General, Grid Connect, human connection, human interaction, Mary Miller, Real Humans Expert Support, technology, world


Mary Miller, Grid Connect Mary Miller, Customer Service Lead

"Thank you for calling Grid Connect. How may I help you?" It always makes me smile when I answer the phone and someone responds, "WOW, a human voice!"

In this fast-paced, technology-driven world we live in, the human connection is still important. The sound of a human voice is reassuring and personal. I am always a little bit frustrated by automated services. A lot of times, I am not even sure which option fits my needs.

People are important to us at Grid Connect. By personally answering each call, I hope it shows our customers how important they are to us. We value their business and their time.


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