ConnectSense WiFi-Enabled Smart Outlet with Apple HomeKit Integration Now Shipping

New ConnectSense App can be used to control all HomeKit devices

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (December 1, 2015) –

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet from Grid Connect (www.connectsense.com), one of the first smart outlets with support for Apple HomeKit, is now shipping. The Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri via their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. 

The intuitive design of the Smart Outlet fits over any existing, standard North American electrical outlet and enables users to automate their home simply and securely. With brilliantly quick and easy installation, the Smart Outlet gives users greater command over their environment by allowing them to control and monitor their everyday plug-in devices, such as lights, fans, televisions and washing machines.

The Smart Outlet features Apple HomeKit technology, which provides secure, end-to-end encryption. After installing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, users can configure it using the ConnectSense app available in the App Store. 

The ConnectSense app provides full third-party support for all HomeKit devices. Users can easily create integrated scenes and rules, regardless of device manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. For example, users can set rules to automatically turn on lights when a HomeKit-enabled lock is unlocked. Also included in the ConnectSense app is support for 3D Touch, bringing shortcuts to the Home screen icon for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users.

"HomeKit provides a great foundation for the smart home and we are proud to be one of the first smart outlets available to homeowners," said Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect. "With the Smart Outlet, we created a product that is great for those just getting started with making their home smart, as well as customers who already have connected devices in their homes. Apple has built a great ecosystem for the smart home and we are excited for the new features available in iOS 9 and watchOS 2."

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet was designed from the ground up around Apple's HomeKit technology. Other premium features that make the Smart Outlet unique compared to other smart plug devices include:

  • HomeKit support enabling simple set up and configuration, data security through end-to-end encryption and Siri voice control.
  • Two WiFi connected sockets that can be monitored and controlled individually.
  • 2.4 amp USB charging port.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is now shipping and available for order at ConnectSense.com and on Amazon.com. Priced at $79.95, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers tremendous value compared to other smart plugs. 

About Grid Connect/ConnectSense
Grid Connect (www.gridconnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of home automation products. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter at @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

 

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Holiday Gift Idea: ConnectSense WiFi-Enabled Smart Outlet With Apple HomeKit Integration

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2015) - Homeowners and renters looking to inexpensively automate their homes now can turn traditional devices into smart devices with the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, manufactured by Grid Connect. The Smart Outlet is a thoughtful tech gift for gadget lovers, frequent travelers and Apple fans.

The Smart Outlet fits over any existing, standard North American electrical outlet. Its two Internet-connected electrical sockets enable users to automate everyday plug-in devices, such as lights, fans and holiday decorations.

Because the Smart Outlet is built on the Apple HomeKit platform, users can control devices plugged into them using Siri (via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch) or through the ConnectSense app.

Premium features include:

  • Apple HomeKit support for easy set up and configuration, data security through end-to-end encryption, and Siri voice control.
  • Two WiFi connected sockets that can be monitored and controlled individually.
  • 2.4 amp USB charging port for cell phones, tablets and other devices.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet can be purchased at www.connectsense.com and on Amazon.com

Price: $79.95

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Connected World Magazine Announces IoT Innovations Winners

Some of the most transformative startups and multinational corporations are “doing new things” in the IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace. In response to this growth in the space, Connected World magazine today named the winners of the inaugural IoT Innovations Awards.

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Theodore Levitt, an American economist, says, “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” Some of the most transformative startups and multinational corporations are “doing new things” in the IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace. In fact, analyst firm IDC says in the IDC Market in a Minute infographic the installed base of IoT units will soar to 28.1 billion in 2020.

In response to this growth in the space, Connected World magazine today named the winners of the inaugural IoT Innovations Awards.

Submitted IoT (Internet of Things) products were judged by an editorial panel representing a cross section of the industry. Both business and consumer IoT products were submitted for judging. Winning products are selected based on a variety of criteria, including most creative and technologically advanced products, services, and platforms.

“The IoT market is prospering at such a rapid rate that new products seem to be announced almost by the hour. Connected World is searching for the most innovative products that change people’s lives and the way businesses operate,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine. “The winners of the first IoT Innovations prove novelty and creativity continues to assert itself in the IoT community across a plethora of industries.”

The 26 winners of the IoT Innovations Awards for summer 2015 are: 
Apio Situational Awareness Platform – by Apio Systems 
Cradlepoint COR IBR 1100 – by Cradlepoint 
XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit – by Digi 
LS1021A-IoT Gateway Reference Design – by Freescale Semiconductor 
Gimbal Proximity Beacon Series 21 – by Gimbal 
ConnectSense Smart Outlet – by Grid Connect 
Home View 3D – by Icontrol Networks 
DriveSync – by IMS 
Intel IoT Gateways – by Intel 
Intel IoT Platform – by Intel 
SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt – by Kwikset 
Monnit Cellular Temperature Monitoring System – by Monnit 
Type ZY Bluetooth Smart Module – by Murata 
M-Connect – by Oberthur Technologies 
Skywave IDP-782 – by Orbcomm 
GT 1100 – by Orbcomm 
PI System Collaboration with ArcGIS – by OSIsoft 
Ring Video Doorbell – by Ring 
Calliope LTE Platform – by Sequans Communications 
SkySpark – by SkyFoundry 
Trilliant Smart Communications Platform – by Trilliant 
ODIN-W2 – by u-blox 
Generation 2 BodyWorn – by Utility 
WeatherBug Home – by WeatherBug 
Wind River Edge Management System – by Wind River 
ZEN Thermostat – by ZEN 

To nominate for the next IoT Innovations Awards, please complete the survey online by the Aug. 27, 2015 deadline: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DecIoT

For more information on the 2015 IoT Innovations winners, check out the June/July issue by downloading the Connected World app in the Apple or Android App Store. Just search for Connected World.

About Connected World Magazine 
Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M. connectedworld.com

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Grid Connect Introduces ConnectSense Handset Telephone with Ten-Number Memory Dial to the Smart Home Space

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Apr 1, 2015) - A new easy-to-use telephone with ten number memory dial is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Telephone features nine speed dial memory buttons that enable users to call frequently used numbers and a redial function to quickly dial the last outgoing number.

This reliable and affordable telephone is designed for those who want to avoid hassles and frills of smartphone technology and cordless handsets.

The ConnectSense Telephone can be placed on any convenient surface or mounted on the wall to save table space. This surface or wall mounting option provides quick and powerful access to make or receive calls in one room of your home. With its simple, corded design, users will never have to worry about misplacing their handset anywhere throughout their house.

Other features that make the ConnectSense Telephone unique include:

  • No need for Wi-Fi set up or programming of notification and call ringtones.
  • Plugs directly into your wall so there is no need for users to charge their ConnectSense Telephone before use.
  • Ten-number memory dial so users can quickly call frequently and recently used phone numbers.
  • Illuminated keypad with push button technology for use in darkly lit rooms of the house.
  • Ringer and handset volume control for personalized, user loudness customization.
  • No Caller ID means no need to stress about who is calling.
  • Mute button so users can silence their side of the conversation while in noisy rooms or while ridiculing the other party under their breath.

The ConnectSense Telephone is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/telephone and will ship in the third quarter of 2015. Priced at $8.99, the ConnectSense Telephone offers tremendous value compared to smartphones and cordless home handsets, as it includes a cord.

 

About Grid Connect 

Grid Connect (www.GridConnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of wireless sensors. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.ConnectSense.com and on Twitter @ConnectSense

 

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Grid Connect Introduces Wi-Fi Enabled ConnectSense Smart Outlet With Apple HomeKit Integration

ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Be Showcased at CES 2015

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 5, 2015) - A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home easily by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. The Smart Outlet gives users greater command over their environment by allowing them to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans, air conditioners, televisions, coffee machines, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines/dryers and many other household devices. For example, parents can make TV viewing or video games off limits until a specified time; homeowners can program the house lights to turn on when the garage door opens; and the washer and dryer can notify homeowners when laundry is complete.

Integration with Apple HomeKit technology provides quick and powerful access to control smart outlets anywhere in the home via Siri. This allows for control over both individual and groups of devices, as well as allowing interaction with other HomeKit-enabled products from many different manufacturers.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is the first device to include Wi-Fi, which allows the Smart Outlet to communicate with other smart devices and battery-powered sensors. Other features that make the Smart Outlet unique include:

  • Easy Wi-Fi set up and simple programming of rules and notifications.
  • Dual electrical sockets so users can make the most of their available outlets.
  • HomeKit integration so users can group together with other HomeKit-enabled devices, providing an easy, secure way to control your home's lights, doors, thermostats, and more from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • USB charging port that supports rapid charging.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/preorder, and will ship in the first quarter of 2015. Priced at $79.95, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers tremendous value compared to other smart plugs, as it includes a dual plug, a USB charger outlet, HomeKit support to communicate with other sensors. By comparison, the cost of two smart plugs from competitors, as well as additional USB chargers, would easily cost $130 or more.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet will be showcased at CES 2015, Booth 75626 in the Eureka Park area, January 6-9 in Las Vegas.

About Grid Connect 
Grid Connect (www.GridConnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of wireless sensors. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.ConnectSense.com and on Twitter @connectsense