10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015

A lot of the excitement and press surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) centers on home automation, wearable electronics, and other consumer applications. But industrial applications of the IoT, such as predictive maintenance and integration of the supply chain are likely to be the more compelling use cases, at least in terms of ROI. For Industrial IoT (IIoT) to realize its potential, however, it must overcome some substantial challenges.

Here’s an industry perspective on what challenges IIoT must overcome in the coming year.

Read more at EE Times or download the PDF now.

The spirit of Chicago: How these entrepreneurs approach the holidays featuring Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect

If you’re feeling the pressure to be more inventive in observing the holidays, you might find it reassuring to know that some of Chicago’s and Illinois’ most forward-thinking entrepreneurs take a more relaxed approach. Many of them focus on togetherness and making memories rather than trying to be novel or traditional. Perhaps you’ll find tidings of comfort, joy and inspiration in how these innovators celebrate the holidays.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune or download the PDF now.

Thread Group Membership Grows To More Than 50 Companies

SAN RAMON, Calif. - Dec. 16, 2014 – The Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) – an industry alliance chartered with guiding the widespread adoption of Thread, the new IP-based low-power wireless networking protocol designed specifically for the home, announced today that it has grown to more than 50 members since membership opened up on Oct 1st. Additionally, the Thread Group will work with UL to perform testing and certification to ensure a high-quality user experience, as well as interoperability and security across products using Thread.

The newest Thread Group members include: ATMEL®, California Eastern Laboratories, Inc., CamPoint, Energizer® Holdings, Inc., GainSpan Corporation, Granite River Labs, Grid Connect, Imagination Technologies, Insteon®, Intellihot Green Technologies Inc., iOT Tech, Jasco®, Keen Home, Kwikset, leakSMART, Linx Technologies, LUX Technology Group, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Midea Group, Nanoleaf, NET2GRID, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Proximetry, Inc., SALTO SYSTEMS, Sansa Security, Shenzhen Rakwireless Technology Co., Ltd, Skyley Networks, Inc., Stack Lighting, Telegesis, TÜV Rheinland Group, Tyco, UL, Whirlpool Corporation, WigWag Inc, ZONEFIRST®.

Read the full press release from the Thread Group by clicking here.

How Naperville-based Grid Connect fits into the Internet of Things

In a nondescript Naperville office park, Adam Justice is working to bring the Internet of Things to the masses. He’s vice president of Grid Connect, a company his father Mike founded in 2003 that makes, distributes and sells commercial networking products. In 2013, Grid Connect launched ConnectSense, its first line of wireless sensors for home use to remotely monitor things, from your lights to your water pipes. As the company prepares to launch a ConnectSense smart electrical outlet, Adam Justice shares his vision for a connected future.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune or download the PDF now.

IoT/M2M Will Continue to be the Most Hyped Technology in 2015, Says Grid Connect

It’s official: the Internet of Things (IoT) is the most hyped technology of 2014.

In August, analyst group Gartner released its 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, and IoT replaced big data at the top. The ability to connect and control smart devices remotely via the Internet will reach its final stage of maturity in just five to 10 years, according to Gartner’s analysts, much quicker than they imagined just a few short years ago.

Building on the growth of IoT in 2014, the new year will see even more explosive growth and innovation. Here are a few of my predictions for 2015…

Read more at Policy Charging Control or download the PDF now.

Mary Miller on the Importance of Human Connection at Grid Connect

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.

REAL HUMANS. EXPERT SUPPORT.

2014-2015 Holiday Hours

Christmas Holiday
December 24, 2014 – 8am to Noon CST
December 25, 2014 – Closed – Merry Christmas!
December 26, 2014 – Closed

December 29, 2014 – 9am to 3pm CST**
December 30, 2014 – 9am to 3pm CST**

New Year Holiday
December 31, 2014 – 9am to Noon CST**
January 1, 2015 – Closed – Happy New Year!
January 2, 2015 – Closed

Normal Business Hours Resume on January 5, 2015

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON!

 

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- Limited Technical Support 
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