Adam Justice, ConnectSense to present at Parks Associates’ 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Julia Homier

Parks Associates
972-996-0214
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Adam Justice, ConnectSense to present at Parks Associates’ 22nd-annual
CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Naperville, IL, 5/17/18 – ConnectSense announced today that Adam Justice will participate as a speaker at Parks Associates’ 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, held May 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ includes more than 650 executives and focuses on ways to engage consumers and grow revenues in the converging IoT industries, including smart home, connected health, and mobile and entertainment ecosystems.

Adam Justice, CEO, ConnectSense will participate in the session “Voice-First Experience: From Smart Speakers to the Whole House”, on Thursday, 5/24/18 at 11:30 AM. The interactive panel session, moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates examines near-field and far-field options in new voice technologies and the challenges in presenting a seamless voice-first experience in a household where multiple different smart products are listening and responding.

Parks Associates estimates 55% of U.S. broadband households will have a smart speaker with a voice-based personal assistant by 2021.

“I’m excited to join GE Lighting, Google, Sensory and Tri Cascade at CONNECTIONS™ for a discussion around current and coming trends in new voice technologies,” said Adam Justice, CEO of ConnectSense. “Year after year, CONNECTIONS™ is a terrific event to network with key players in the connected home industry.”

The conference also features keynotes by executives from Comcast, Google, Intel, Samsung, and T-Mobile, as well as new research from Parks Associates. Sessions will provide insight into critical issues including consumer privacy, interoperability, partnerships, platform integration, big data, personalization, and new distribution models.

“CONNECTIONS™ brings together top executives, media, and thought leaders in the connected consumer markets to address critical business issues pertaining to the converging entertainment, media, and service markets for consumers,” said Elizabeth Parks, Senior Vice President, Parks Associates. “ConnectSense will provide great insight into key trends in the smart home markets and the next steps necessary to move into the mass market.”

More information about CONNECTIONS™ is available at www.connectionsus.com. Press passes for the event are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/events/connections-us/media/presspass. To speak with an analyst or request specific research data, please contact Julia Homier at julia.homier@parksassociates.com or 972.996.0214. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US and #CONNUS18.
 

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 22-24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.

ConnectSense Partners with Wayne Water Systems to Integrate its IoT 80/20™ Technology in its Premium Connected Basement Protection Systems

Bringing best-in-class smart products to market quicker and more affordable than ever with its complete, in-house IoT solution, ConnectSense has collaborated with Wayne Water Systems to take basement protection to a new level

NAPERVILLE, IL -- February 8, 2018 -- ConnectSense, a leader in smart home connectivity, has partnered with Wayne Water Systems, creators of worry free residential water management solutions, on its first premium digitally connected basement protection sump system.

The Basement Guardian, powered by ConnectSense’s IoT 80/20™ platform, is a premium, Wi-Fi connected, total basement protection system featuring two full size, all cast iron pumps. The new efficient backup pump can drain 11,000 gallons of water on a single charge. The Basement Guardian has been billed as the Hardest Working Pump You’ll Never Hear™ due to its silent build. When a home loses power, the Local Link™ technology allows the homeowner to monitor their basement on their iOS or Android app from wherever they are.

The team at ConnectSense, with more than five years of Internet of Things (IoT) experience, leveraged their IoT 80/20 cloud platform built on industry-leading technology for scalability, reliability, and cost efficiency.  Additionally, ConnectSense lead development efforts for the full firmware, hardware, web app, as well as the iOS and Android mobile apps.

To-date, ConnectSense has collaborated with several large home brands to make traditional household items smart. Some additional recent partners include one of the world's largest manufacturers of plumbing supplies, Moen, and premium lock manufacturer Schlage.

"Our team works great with companies like Wayne, who are passionate for their work and the customers they serve. The ConnectSense team is able to get their product connected and to market quickly and affordably, while staying competitive in their marketplace," said Adam Justice, CEO of ConnectSense. "This allows them to focus on what they do best, building reliable, industry-leading pumps that help keep homes dry."

"We didn’t want to bring the Basement Guardian to market without leveraging a partnership with ConnectSense," said Donald Williams, VP of Engineering at Wayne Water Systems. "They have an impressive reputation for producing seamless customer experiences and monitoring capabilities that are essential for the at-home sump pump system. We are confident they are the best partner to offer the IoT development our team needed."

The Basement Guardian will be available for purchase in April 2018 for $1,700. For more information about the partnership, please contact PR representative Kristen Mondshein at kristen@sourcecodecomms.com.

 

About ConnectSense
ConnectSense develops and manufactures a range of connected products designed to make the smart home attainable and manageable for consumers. With a focus on ease of use and simplicity, ConnectSense offers products that help users control and monitor their home.

ConnectSense partners with a selection of companies to power new products to market quickly and cost-effectively by providing its IoT 80/20™ platform combined with in-house engineering

expertise. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

 

About Wayne Water Systems

Founded in 1928 Wayne Water Systems , formerly Wayne Home Equipment Co., has been assembling quality residential water pumps for nearly 7 decades. Focused on QUALITY, SERVICE, and INNOVATION Wayne helps its customers protect and enjoy their homes by providing them with worry free water management solutions. The company strives to be the global brand of choice for residential basement protection, nuisance water removal and fresh water supply systems. For additional information and to contact Wayne, visit www.waynepumps.com

 

Media Contact:

Kristen Mondshein

kristen@sourcecodecomms.com

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Why DIY Home Security Makes Sense

Installing a security system is often portrayed as a daunting and expensive task, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing that. Smart home technology enables individuals to establish a network of security devices that are controllable and affordable. Installing security systems usually require hired professionals to install them, which is often costly and intimidating. DIY security installation provides home owners with the power to customize security systems easily to fit their respective needs.

The most beneficial aspect of DIY installation is that it is extremely cheap in comparison to hiring professionals. Smart home security devices allow users to purchase devices as they see fit. This means that a security system can start with only a few devices and be built up overtime, allowing individuals to build a secure home on a budget. With a professional installation, the user is required to purchase an expensive and complex system, which they might not even need. In addition to this, professional systems usually have very expensive installation fees. IoT devices are very inexpensive; they can be purchased and installed easily at without complicated procedures.

With internet-enabled security devices, the user has complete control over their security system while they are at home as well as when they are away, which is a feature that professional systems don’t offer. Another DIY benefit is the ability to completely customize and alter security networks at the user’s convenience. Devices can be added or removed from a security system with ease. Home owners also have the ability to reinstall any security device in an alternative location within their home environment. Professionally installed systems simply do not offer this luxury. Once a system is installed in this fashion, there are essentially no customization options. This is especially inconvenient if someone decides to move into a new house or wants to move their security system to a new area in their home. DIY security systems can be transported to various environments and can be installed with minimum difficulty.

When it comes to personally installing a security system, there are some extremely powerful tools to assist in building an integrated network of IoT devices. The ConnectSense Wireless Security System and Wireless Motion Sensor are very effective in keeping a home secure. The Security Sensor can monitor doors, windows, cabinets, and more in any home. The Motion Sensor is able to track any motion that occurs within a given environment. Each of these sensors is able to notify home owners if there are any changes in their environment before it becomes a problem. These ConnectSense sensors are some of the many robust smart devices that can be utilized to monitor a home.

Establishing a smart home ecosystem can also be done with ease using Apple HomeKit, which is a very reliable and efficient DIY smart home security software. HomeKit equips homeowners with the ability to create a dynamic and affordable network of security-based devices. There are many industry leading products that are compatible with Apple’s innovative software. HomeKit assists home owners in creating a secure environment in a way that is both convenient and accessible.

It is often said that if one wants something done right, they should do it themselves. This is precisely the case regarding the creation of in-home security systems. DIY home security is significantly cheaper than professional installations and the ability to fully optimize a network of devices to fit a specific home environment gives DIY installation a major advantage. The accessibility and customization of security networks created with software such as Apple HomeKit makes IoT security systems much more powerful and reliable than professional installations.

What Interoperability Means for the Internet of Things

By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

The Internet of Things (IoT) is reliant upon connection, making communication one of the most rudimentary functions of internet-enabled technology. Interoperability opens up endless opportunities for IoT devices as it ensures that devices will be able to communicate with each other and store data in a central location. The IoT will be able to fulfil its promises of convenience and functionality if multiple devices can be controlled simultaneously while being able to communicate and transfer data with each other.

A majority of the companies that are manufacturing IoT technology are trying to create platforms and devices that will be accepted as the “industry leading solution.” However, this culture within the IoT industry has led to a large assortment of devices that have to be controlled as separate entities and from different apps. The fact of the matter is that consumers simply don’t want to have 50 different devices, each with their own app, that operate independently of each other. The growth of the industry will be limited until manufacturers begin to collaborate in developing devices that will work together within the same network.

Manufacturers clearly understand that interoperability is a necessity for the IoT to continue to grow. So why hasn’t a standardized control system been created? The answer is simple: money and brand recognition. Each company wants to be the one that develops the ultimate “hub” for controlling IoT technology as it will come with a major payout. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just means it will take more time to reach seamless interoperability than it would if there were more collaborative efforts. That being said, there are still some open-source initiatives to create interoperability that have shown signs of promise such as Qualcomm’s AllSeen Alliance.

When it comes to the individual corporations that are trying to create hubs for controlling smart technology, it appears that Apple is on the verge of creating total interoperability for HomeKit products. The upgraded Apple operating system, iOS10, has transformed the way HomeKit is used with its addition of the Home app. This app allows for any HomeKit device to be controlled from a central location. This means that instead of going to an app for each manufacturer, all devices can be controlled in the hub Apple has integrated within their new operating system. Companies like Google and Microsoft have also created similar smart home platforms, but they don’t quite offer this level of interoperability and don’t seem to have as much traction in the consumer world. These developments in HomeKit are great strides in achieving interoperability within the IoT.

Even though HomeKit has achieved a previously unseen level of interoperability, it still isn’t quite what consumers want in terms of creating a smart home that is completely connected. This is because HomeKit products are the only products that can communicate and operate within this network, thus limiting the device integration to Apple approved devices. This isn’t a bad thing for Apple because many other tech giants are trying to create this same level of interoperability for their respective smart home platforms. At this point in time, this segregated version of interoperability is the best consumers will get until these large corporations put their differences aside.

The current trends within the IoT industry are unlikely to change anytime soon due to the fact that smart home technology is still in the late stages of its infancy. As technology becomes more advanced and more efficient, consumers will begin to demand networks that are more connected, with devices that are able to communicate and operate in harmony. The interoperability provided in Apple HomeKit is a significant advancement from previous systems and is an innovative solution at this point in time. It will be interesting to see if large IoT businesses will be willing to work together in an effort to create a centralized hub that can control and communicate with any type of smart device.

Meet the Smart Home: What the Jetsons got wrong…

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference is place where visionaries of the technology industry share their insight on a wide range of perplexing ideas. The topics that will be discussed during this intellectually inspiring conference are being selected now through a panel of voters in order to prepare for SXSW, which will be taking place in the spring of 2017. Vice President of Grid Connect, Adam Justice, has submitted a proposal to speak at this conference with the assistance of Richard Gunther, the Director of Client Experience at Universal Mind.

The proposed topic is geared around the infrastructure of the smart home industry; where it is today, where it will be in the coming years, and what technology will enhance the market itself. Justice and Gunther plan to explore the way the smart home has been portrayed by the entertainment industry throughout history, and then compare that to what the smart home actually looks like today. The inaccurate preconceptions of the smart home’s capabilities will finally be brought to light, allowing for a more precise prediction of how the Internet of Things (IoT) will propel the industry and turn this visionary’s dream into a consumer’s reality. This will be a very intriguing presentation as the complex state of the industry will be dissected by a couple of the smart home industry’s thought-leaders.

In order to show support for Grid Connect and vote for this exciting topic to be presented at SXSW, simply click on the link below. Once on the website, it takes a matter of seconds to register an account, then a vote can be casted by clicking the thumbs-up button. We appreciate the support!

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