Sensor modules prove IoT darlings, rounding up billions

Dec 5, 2016 1:22:57 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in General, Internet of Things, IoT, North America, Sensors


The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining a lot of traction as the importance of high-tech sensor modules are being focused on as an integral part of smart technology. The funding in these sensors have increased in a manner that is nearly three times larger than in the past decade. This means that more developers and consumers are realizing the limitless potential of sensors and what they mean for the IoT. A lot of devices currently have sensors, but if a device is able to actually act on the data collected through sensors, technology will be substantially more powerful and efficient.

North America is leading the push for sensor innovation, but the investment in other areas around the globe are still increasing in number. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and IBM are investing billions of dollars in an effort to further develop sensor technology. It is clear that the future of the IoT is in the hands of sensor modules.

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The Internet of Things Mentality

Aug 22, 2016 10:10:59 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in analytics, connected, developers, Edge Analytics, General, Internet of Things, IoT, Sensors


By Joe Duncan, Marketing

Whatever there is to be said about the development of connected devices in recent years, it is obvious that the attitude behind the Internet of Things (IoT) has been mostly visionary up until this point. Some products have had more success than others, but on a broad scale, the adoption of IoT tech has been a slow process. Many people still don’t know how the conceptual term “Internet of Things” could apply to their lives, and to some, the idea even appears trite and unnecessary. However, the buzz surrounding connected technologies cannot be disregarded due to the fact that more devices are hitting the market every month, with tech giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google leading the bunch with their respective platforms and hubs.

These products have definitely excited developers and consumers alike, as many have pointed out, and have accelerated the recognition of the Smart Home. The big question now is: “where is the IoT?” It would seem a bit presumptuous to say that we’ve arrived considering the strides that have yet to be made in adoption of devices, yet so many product headlines continue to read “the IoT is here.” The IoT is not an event or a bar to be reached, but the continuing interconnectedness of objects in our environment. So it’s no wonder that, in the early stages of IoT technology, widespread acceptance is still forthcoming. Developers should be more worried about continuing to search for progressive solutions and adaptations to the expanding platforms. One of the big areas for growth in IoT products has been widely referred to as Edge Analytics.

The “Edge” is a term that could easily be lost in the technical jargon of networking capacities, but it is a simple idea: the sort of computations and data sorting that used to require a server, can now be accomplished on the connected device itself. “A simple example is monitoring a camera. If you think about a video camera set up to count cars at the intersection of two roads, you don’t really need to watch video of the cars going by, you only want the count and timing of cars.” (Forbes) Moving analytics closer to the Edge provides a number of benefits. First, bandwidth costs money, and the growing amount of data that will be sent via sensors and other devices is not going to make this expense any cheaper. Developing a product that can monitor and synthesize information valuable to its local functionality will be much better off than the product that will have to send the data away before it can act. This is the second benefit of moving toward the Edge, and this Idea has been called the latency of a product, or its time to action. Products that can act quicker, and with a higher data reflex will be the most progressive in their market. “You no longer need to land the data for analysis; you can now take analytics to the data, while it is in motion” (SAS)

Depending on the application, developers may want to consider a number of different options when thinking about how to move analytics closer to the Edge with their products. Gateways have also become incredibly powerful, and have taken on a number of characteristics that used to only be present in servers. In all cases, the ability to analyze and respond quickly to sensor data is at the heart of the IoT. Connectedness is given more power when it is able to respond in a cohesive and accelerated way to the information present, and acceptance will rise with the recognition of this capacity.

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IoT sensor data leads to industry innovations

Sep 23, 2015 2:00:22 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 2020, Adam Justice, data, Embedded Computing Design, Featured In, General, Internet of Things, IoT, manufacturing, Marketing, sensor data, Sensors, smart cities


Ready or not, the Internet of Things () is here to stay and the data it generates will be the driving force for future innovation and efficiency. According to Frost & Sullivan, 40 percent of all IoT data generated by 2020 will come from connected . This data has already begun to affect many industries, and as IoT gains popularity, the uses for this data will grow.

Three industries that already are seeing the importance of gathering  data include manufacturing, marketing, and smart cities.

Read more at Embedded Computing Design or download the PDF now.

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Data Analytics and the Internet of Things

Aug 31, 2015 8:17:29 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in analytics, Big data, connected devices, data, data security, General, Internet of Things, IoT, manufacturers, pedometer, security, Sensors


One of the major promises that discussions of the Internet of Things (IoT) have put forward, is the advances to be made in consumer insight. The idea is that sensors and connected devices can send data on an open loop back to the manufacturer for analysis. This process would presumably secure many advances in a wide variety of things; not only would companies be able to understand their clients, but sensors may even be able to tell us more about the product in general. For example, pedometers on livestock have given scientists more knowledge about when cows are in heat, allowing for a 66% increase in insemination rates.

Many have referenced discoveries such as these to be the real goldmine of the IoT. Using big data analytics, manufacturers could generate the type of insight that could propel future developments. However, the concept of big data analytics is still a bit fuzzy to most people. A lot of the general knowledge of analytics is overshadowed by the half-belief that information is fed to a group of ancient mystic palm readers who come up with practical applications for the infinite mass of soundbite data. In reality, the sorting mechanism used to interpret the data from connected sensors is rarely earth-shattering and could even be accomplished on a closed loop. This is critical to keep in mind, especially as companies make decisions regarding data security.

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The Internet of Politics

Aug 24, 2015 8:48:32 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in ConnectSense, General, Internet of Things, IoT, Political Campaigns, Politics, Polls, Sensors


With all of the political candidates announcing their campaigns, our office has been wondering what the Internet of Things (IoT) will change about the campaigns of the future. So much of today’s media surrounds what the polls are saying and how the potential candidates carry themselves and respond to national issues. Candidates focus on promoting themselves in crucial areas and draw upon the funds of consistent supporters to push their platform ahead.

_MG_5983IoT technology could reorient this entire process! Data resulting from IoT devices could be able to target citizens who are most likely to support/vote for a particular candidate. Data from IoT products could also allow for the understanding of what his/her supporters want.

Devices that can be placed in a voter’s home could detect the reactions to certain political ads or debates.  During debates, for example, a smart button that records agreement or dissent with each candidate’s position can help them understand the overall opinions of the voting public.  This would provide virtually instant feedback and would allow each individual comment or idea to be vetted, not just the entire speech.

IoT can totally revamp the entire voting process, allowing people to vote more easily and quickly.  Instead of the typical ink and paper process, your iPhone (with fingerprint security) could easily be used to record votes and avoid any issues with “hanging chads”, like we experienced in 2000.  This would authenticate that the voter is who they say they are and might even allow people to vote from home.

Laugh detectors can tell when, during various points of a speech, the voter feels the viewpoints being shared are ridiculous.  Conversely, sensors that can detect when a voter is upset or angry can indicate disagreement with what the candidate might be saying.  A snore sensor may even exist to record when a candidate’s viewpoints or speeches are not of any interest at all.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on politics and the IoT in the comments below.

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The Difference Between Industrial, Commercial and Residential Sensors

Jun 11, 2015 9:55:53 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Commercial Sensors, ConnectSense, connectsense, General, Industrial Sensors, Internet of Things, IoT, Residential Sensors, Sensors


One of the most memorable movie lines of all time is one word: plastics. In 1967's The Graduate, a recent college graduate struggles to figure out his destiny and is told that the future is in plastics. If that movie were produced today, the line would have been "sensors."

Mike Justice’ new article offers insight on the differences between industrial, commercial and residential sensors. Industrial sensors tend to be more rugged, as they have to withstand wide ranges of temperature, consistent vibrations, and the possible infiltration of dust and water. Sensors of this level must be calibrated to ensure the accuracy of the device. Commercial sensors are used in components of other products such as the measuring system of a gas pump.   Sensors of this type are often required by law to receive calibration, and for the rest it is strongly advised. Residential sensors, although less impervious to temperature and damage, are subjected to rigorous tests to receive certification.

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Join Us at Sensors Expo 2015!

May 21, 2015 2:43:11 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in California, Events, General, Internet of Things, IoT, Long Beach, MEMS, Sensors, Sensors Expo, technology, Wi-Fi, Wireless


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When: June 10-11, 2015
Where: Long Beach Convention Center - Long Beach, CA
Booth #: 745

The market for sensors and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. With the convergence of MEMS, Wireless, Wearables and the Internet of Things, the sales of sensors in the U.S. alone are expected to climb to nearly $15 billion in 2016. With this growth, the importance of education and access to the latest technologies is critical. For 30 years, Sensors Expo & Conference has established itself as the nation's leading event focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. Join us at the industry’s premier gathering to find the solutions for your present challenges while exploring sensing technologies that are driving tomorrow's solutions.

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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


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



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 Launches ConnectSense Line of Wireless Sensors for Home and Business

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


NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2014) - Grid Connect (, a manufacturer and distributor of embedded networking products, entered the rapidly-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry with the launch of ConnectSense (, 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, 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 for ConnectSense sensors. They also are available at

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

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