Home: On #068 – SXSW Interactive, with Mike Wolf

ConnectSense was recently displayed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Interactive is a showcase for rising technology and innovation. In this year’s event, smart home devices were a very hot commodity. The Digital Media Zone’s podcast “Home: On,” was covering this event live this year and the host Richard Gunther was able to speak to Adam Justice of ConnectSense about Apple HomeKit compatible devices at the event. The first key smart home device mentioned was the Smart Outlet; ConnectSense is one of the only fully functional smart outlets on the market. They discussed the positive sales trends of the Smart Outlet as well as the positive feedback they have received thus far. Richard Gunther mentioned that the ConnectSense app made him excited about ConnectSense products before he even had one in his hands because ConnectSense has the best rules engine out of any of the current HomeKit apps that are available, especially with an app that comes with an over-the-counter product. The rules engine really allows the user to fully control any smart home device with more options that simply turning something on or off. The ConnectSense app is groundbreaking as it is truly the ultimate tool for controlling all of your smart home devices.

Listen now:  http://www.thedigitalmediazone.com/2016/04/01/home-on-068/




UPCOMING EVENT: IoT Summit, March 17-18

Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect and Founder of Connectsense will be speaking at IoT Summit!

When: March 17-18
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center

For a 35% discount, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iot-summit-2016-tickets-18390791352 using promo code GRIDHD.

In addition, register prior to February 15th for an additional discounted early bird registration fee!

The 8 Chicago Companies to Watch at CES 2016

This Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has consistently been a spotlight for rising and innovative technology. In CES 2016, there was a variety of successful and growing business from the Chicago area presenting and competing. William Flanagan of ChicagoInno listed ConnectSense as one of the top 8 companies from the Chicago are at CES 2016. ConnectSense was exhibiting at CES’ Smart Home Marketplace. ConnectSense showcased the new Smart Outlet device, which allows for total control over your home devices. In addition to the Smart Outlet, a variety of wireless sensors that monitor the conditions of your home were showcased as well. The ConnectSense panel was a “must see” at CES 2016.

Read more: http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2015/12/30/ces-2016-exhibitors-chicago-tech-companies-to-watch/

Smart HomeKit Sensors for Temperature & Humidity and Water Detection from ConnectSense; On Display at CES 2016

Announces distribution with Best Buy online for ConnectSense lineup of products 

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (December 28, 2015) – Grid Connect is expanding its best-selling line of ConnectSense home automation products by launching two new Bluetooth Low Energy enabled sensors for temperature/humidity and water detection. Both sensors feature support for Apple HomeKit, enabling users to monitor and control these devices easily and securely using Siri on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or Apple Watch. 

With strong demand for its Smart Outlet on Amazon.com, ConnectSense also announced that Best Buy will carry its full line of smart home products online in 2016. The company is working with WYNIT Distribution, LLC, a leading international distributor, to establish distribution with additional retailers.

The ConnectSense Temperature & Humidity Sensor provides accurate and reliable data for sensitive areas of the home, including wine cellars, collection rooms, greenhouses, cold storage and more. It works in harmony with HomeKit-enabled thermostats to regulate temperature in areas where a thermostat isn’t present.

The ConnectSense Smart Water Sensor will detect the presence of water before it causes costly damage. It is perfect for detecting leaks in basements and laundry rooms, as well as monitoring plumbing and refrigeration lines.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest around HomeKit-enabled products because HomeKit provides a solid foundation for the smart home,” said Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect. “We are excited to expand on our successful Smart Outlet with additional HomeKit-enabled products that make home automation easy, secure and affordable.”

Both sensors operate using Bluetooth Low Energy and require only two AAA batteries for long periods of operation. By integrating with the HomeKit ecosystem, users can easily create integrated scenes and rules to automate devices, regardless of manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. For example, users can set rules to automatically turn on lights or other devices when water is found, or regulate a HomeKit-enabled thermostat anywhere in the home. Users also can ask Siri to gather information about the sensors, such as asking about the temperature.

The ConnectSense Smart Temperature & Humidity and Smart Water sensors will be available for shipping in the first half of 2016. 

The company will also release a Smart Door/Window sensor as well as additional smart home products in 2016.

The sensors will be on display at CES Tech West at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Booth 70760, as part of the smart home area.

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.