Join Us at International CES 2015!

Nov 21, 2014 7:05:51 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, business leaders, CEA, CES, conference, Consumer, consumer electronics, Consumer Electronics Association, Eureka Park, Events, General, innovations, innovators, International CES, Las Vegas, tehcnology, trade show

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When: January 6-9, 2015
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Booth #: 75626, Eureka Park
Grid Connect's Online Showroom

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Conference Website: http://www.cesweb.org

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Adding Connected Sensors to your Product for IoT [Podcast]

Nov 14, 2014 11:21:57 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, Cloud, cloud computing, connectivity, data ownership, embedded, Featured In, General, inter web, internet, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT cloud, IoT Inc Business Show, podcast, retrofit, Sensors

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Want to connect your product to the Internet of Things? The first step is giving it sensors and then connectivity to the Internet of Things. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, Adam Justice takes listeners through the two main approaches to get your products, assets, or environment to the next generation Interweb, known as the Internet of Things.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

  • Business questions to ask when deciding retrofit vs. embedded.
  • Situations when retrofitting sensing/connectivity is a great way to get something to market quickly and stay competitive.
  • Why the first approach is often an add-on box that adds connectivity options and control to a current device then work on a strategy to build functionality into future generations of the product.
  • When retrofitting doesn’t make sense because of expense or effort – the metrics to be aware of and the characteristics of the product that kill this approach.
  • Criteria for when a bolt-on or retrofit makes sense.
  • General cost for an IoT add-on box to be sold with your product.
  • High-level steps to embedding sensors/connectivity.
  • How you find the sensors you need and the homework you need to do first.
  • Advice on how to work with a third-party to help with sensor selection.
  • Costs associated with sensor selection.
  • Sensor business models.
  • Approach of fog vs. cloud computing – when each makes sense.
  • Adam’s thoughts on standard bodies, consortiums and associations.
  • Back-end consideration of your IoT cloud or platform.
  • Thoughts on data ownership – what Adam calls the sawdust model

To listen to the IoT Inc Business Show podcast featuring Adam Justice, click here.

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How The Internet Of Things Will Enhance Property Security

Oct 13, 2014 11:55:19 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, automation, Building, business, Business and Apartment Management, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, home, Internet of Things, Sensors

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WRITTEN BY ADAM JUSTICE, GRID CONNECT 

One of the latest trends that’s receiving a lot of attention in the media is the Internet of Things (IoT), the ability to connect a device to the Internet to monitor things like temperature, lighting and the presence of people. Home builders and property managers can benefit from this trend by adding value to homes with little associated cost through the use of wireless sensors.

Wireless sensors are available today that allow property owners and managers to offer tenants enhanced security without a recurring monthly fee. These sensors are inexpensive and can be installed in individual rental units.

Read more on page 5 of the October 2014 Edition of BUILDING Business & Apartment Management.

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Grid Connect Taps John Marchiando as VP, Business Development

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
lmuskin@teamclarus.com

Mara Conklin, 678-825-2000
mconklin@teamclarus.com

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Ever Wanted to be a Fly on the Wall?

Sep 13, 2010 10:02:03 AM / by Rick Rockershousen posted in business, Digital Acoustics, elderly, General, Intercom, IP, IP Intercom, IP7-SE8, Products, Remote Audio Surveillance, surveillance, surveillance technology, Talkmaster Software

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Small business owners, businesses with multiple retail locations/branches, and even individuals with an elderly parent living alone, can all benefit from our remote audio surveillance technology over IP!

Small business owners, who want to be able to listen in from home or other locations when trouble arises at their business, can do so using our IP Intercom/Paging Technology powered by Digital Acoustics.

Let’s say you have video surveillance of your retail franchise and want to hear when something happens. Or maybe you’d like to “yell” at troublemakers after hours that are on your car lot. Using the IP7-SE8, you can wire in a wide variety of speakers (including paging horns, ceiling speakers and wall speakers), and microphones, including very sensitive omni-directional mics, and be able to monitor and talk to your business location from any remote location with Internet access from your PC.

Using the Talkmaster Software on your PC (free with purchase of the IP7-SE8), you can communicate over the network with your business. Listen to disturbances, or simply talk to your employees and/or customers from anywhere in the world.

For multi-location businesses, you can make announcements to your employees at all locations at the same time. You can even play music and other recorded programs from your PC using the Network Music software. For locations where security is a concern, you can have a panic or help button installed by the cashier’s location, which would trigger the TalkMaster Software as an incoming call. You can then listen in and find out if any additional action needs to be taken.

For those with an elderly parent living alone, you can use a desk or surface mount intercom, which can be used to communicate in a time of need. This may be a life saving capability, allowing you to communicate with a relative who has taken a fall or is otherwise not able to answer the phone.

These flexible intercom and paging products provide extended security, surveillance, and paging applications anywhere there is an Internet connection. It’s an affordable, flexible and easy way to become a “fly on the wall.”

*Note: Use of remote audio surveillance technology is subject to local, state, and federal surveillance laws.

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