ConnectSense Introduces Power Monitoring to Smart Outlet

Smart Outlet Price Dropped to $59.95

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — (October 20, 2016) — ConnectSense, a developer and manufacturer of home automation products, announced the addition of power monitoring to its ConnectSense Smart Outlet and the ConnectSense app.

With the ConnectSense app, users can easily create integrated scenes and rules for the Smart Outlet and other home automation devices regardless of manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. Users can control their smart devices with the touch of a button or using Siri voice control.

With detailed power monitoring, users have insight into the power consumption of devices plugged into the Smart Outlet, as well as how long devices have been turned on. This allows users to adopt more energy efficient habits or to replace energy-hogging devices or appliances with more efficient choices.

Unique to the ConnectSense app is the ability to create rules based on power usage. For example, a homeowner can set a rule that says if the television has been on for three hours, turn it off. Also, for safety, rules can be set to turn off hot or potentially dangerous devices, such as flat irons, if they have been left on for an extended period of time.

More complex scenarios also can be set up to automate environments. For example, in a home theater, a homeowner can set a rule that says when the projector turns on, the room lights dim.

“We are happy to provide our customers a way to monitor their energy usage, and give them more control over their devices,” said Adam Justice, founder of ConnectSense. “Among the reasons to automate a home is to make it more energy efficient and to save money, and power monitoring will be an important tool in this effort.”

The ConnectSense power monitoring feature is available via firmware update free to existing customers in the current ConnectSense app.

ConnectSense also announced it is dropping the price of its ConnectSense Smart Outlet to $59.95. 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. 

About ConnectSense
ConnectSense develops and manufactures home automation products, including the ConnectsSense Smart Outlet and a line of wireless sensors that monitor changes in your environment then notifies you by email or text when something goes awry. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

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The Ultimate Family Tool: The ConnectSense Smart Outlet

Modern technology is beginning to change the way families complete everyday tasks, allowing for the concept of the smart home to flourish. Convenience, versatility, and safety are at the forefront of this push for the connected home; families are finally beginning to reap the benefits of utilizing smart technology. One of the most powerful, cost-effective products on the market is the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, which allows any family to create a flexible smart environment at a low price. The Smart Outlet can be used as a solution for many multifaceted applications, making the lives of parents and children much more convenient.

Parenting has never been easier with the ConnectSense Smart Outlet. A lot of children need a nightlight in order to fall asleep every night, but leaving these on all the time can use a lot of electricity. If parents try to go in their child’s room and turn the nightlight off, they could wake their children up, making it harder for them to put them to bed again. This smart outlet is able to set a nightlight to be turned on whenever the child goes to bed, then it can be set to be turned off a couple hours after the child is asleep. This will allow parents to save power and avoid the hassle of waking their child up after they have already fallen asleep.

The morning is always a very busy time for families, with kids getting ready for school, and parents getting ready for work. Simplify the morning routine by connecting a variety of household appliances to the Smart Outlet. Wake up in the morning and use a Siri voice command, such as “Good morning Siri,” which could then start the coffee pot to help the parents get through the day, start the toaster to make the kids breakfast, and turn on all of the lights downstairs. These controllable and flexible scenes can be very powerful in making busy and rushed hours of the day much more convenient for families.

Another incredibly practical application for the Smart Outlet can be found in its ability to control devices while away from home. If someone has left the house and wasn’t sure if they left the lights on, they would have the ability to see all of the lights that are on and turn them off, thus cutting down the cost of electricity bills. If the parents need to go to the grocery store and decide to leave the kids at home, they can control the lights and television from their smartphone to help create the illusion that everyone is home and the house is lively.

Utilizing this elegantly simple technology, families can reduce the stress of everyday activities, allowing for less time moving around and more time to spend with each other. Parents and children will be able to live much more convenient lives at home, while reducing power usage at the same time. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is an affordable solution for turning any home into a smart home. 

The Future of the Smart Office

Imagine working in an office where everything can be controlled with ease; installing various cost-efficient smart devices can make any office a smart office. The workplace is designed to be a space for employees to maximize efficiency within the work day. Implementing smart technology within an office space can help any business create a more efficient environment. Employees will have access to more resources that will assist in reducing the time it takes to complete simple tasks. Businesses will cut costs across the board with the ability to monitor any workspace, thus reducing energy usage and other wasted resources.

The future of the workplace is a bright one. Being able to control the lights with voice commands, simple movements, or gestures is among the many potential benefits of this technology. Having efficient use of lighting is any easy way to cut down on energy consumption. Implementing technology such as the ConnectSense Light Sensor, businesses can monitor when lights are on/off and then control them remotely, allowing for more efficient lighting systems to be established.

In addition to the energy costs that can be cut with light management, there are other ways that an office can be improved. There are other smart sensors that can help monitor an environment. Using a Temperature and Humidity sensor can help business gather accurate, reliable data about how the temperature is being controlled. This can help in creating changes in an environment before things become an expensive problem. Managing the office environment with smart technology can help reduce energy usage in many different ways and save business lots of money each month.

The development of the smart office can occur in a variety of ways. Creating intelligent spaces will make the office a much safer and more efficient place. Even though sensors are common ways of monitoring energy usage, there are other sensors that can be used to help make a workplace a safer place at all times. There are smart security cameras, Motion Sensors,  and Security Sensors that can help keep employees and valuable equipment protected. Having a safe environment will give employees the peace of mind and the comfort to work without distraction.

There is an enormous potential for businesses to save money with these cost-efficient smart devices. The future of the workplace is one in which employees are not concerned about their safety, in which employers can cut costs, and where people can actually get work done. Employees cannot be expected to be efficient if the place they work is not efficient itself. In order for companies to continue to grow, smart technology should be a universal standard within the professional world. 

IoT Podcast Episode 76: Tips and tricks for Apple’s HomeKit

Have you downloaded iOS 10 yet? If you have, and are wondering what to do with the Home app and your HomeKit home automation, then this show is for you. The IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham brought on Adam Justice the head of ConnectSense, to discuss his experience with HomeKit so far (check out his video series).

Listen now: http://iotpodcast.com/2016/09/episode-76-tips-and-tricks-for-apples-homekit/

Make Home a Safer Place with ConnectSense

Advancements in smart home technology have equipped homeowners with the tools necessary to create home environments that are free from danger. Establishing a safe environment to protect loved ones and valuable possessions is of the utmost importance. ConnectSense is dedicated to enabling consumers with the ability to build completely customized systems for monitoring and controlling their homes. Installing a ConnectSense Smart Outlet or sensor within a home is a great way for homeowners to create a reliable environment that is optimized for their needs.

The Smart Outlet is typically associated as being a mechanism for home automation, but the power it provides for home security is often overlooked. Any home that looks unoccupied for long periods of time can be at risk for a security breach. This outlet provides users with the ability to create the appearance that someone is at home, at any time, using remote access and automation controls. An example would be if a resident is continuously arriving home late at night. The outlet can be used to turn on the lights and TV when it starts to get dark, which will make the house look as if someone is there. If a homeowner goes on vacation, the smart outlet can be used to turn lights and other devices on/off periodically throughout the day and night. The Smart Outlet can assist in establishing a safe household through these effective, security-oriented applications.

The Wireless Motion Sensor andWireless Security System offer more traditional methods for securing a home in comparison to the Smart Outlet. The Motion Sensor allows homeowners to monitor any motion in their home, garage, or shed to ensure their property is protected when they are away or sleeping. The Security System allows any door, window, or cabinet to be monitored. This means that the user will be notified the second any door or window is opened, allowing for the immediate prevention of a potential problem at home. These devices are economical solutions for monitoring and securing a home. The sensors are extremely easy to setup and offer a feeling of comfort.

Even though it is extremely important to protect households from theft, there are some additional ways to make a home much safer. Implementing some of the other powerful sensors, such as the Water Sensor or the Dry Contact Sensor, homeowners will have much more protection from unpredictable and natural sources of danger. The assortment of sensors allows users to create a home monitoring network that is optimized for their needs. There is no need to spend a lot of money on a high-price security system when these ConnectSense products offer the same amount of protection for a fraction of the cost. Any home can be a safe home with the installation of a few ConnectSense sensors or Smart Outlets.

For more information, check out the website: https://www.connectsense.com/