CES 2017 Will Showcase Brand New HomeKit Products

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the highlights for the smart home world, providing one of the largest stages for showcasing new connected technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the most exciting points of the show is seeing the large number of interoperable devices that will be available on platforms like HomeKit and Alexa. This year, ConnectSense will, once again, have a booth in the Smart Home Marketplace to display some of our new HomeKit-enabled products.

We are not alone, however, there are many new devices hitting the marketplace for HomeKit, allowing for a greater range of interoperability and a more immersive, yet less complex, Smart Home experience. Check out CNET’s new article on what HomeKit devices to look out for at CES 2017, and look for our booth (#40357) in the Smart Home Marketplace tomorrow!

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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. 

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/

Smart Doesn’t Always Mean an Easy Home

When the possibility of creating smart homes first became a feasible task, it turned out to be more complicated than originally anticipated. Since then, the technology has improved with more accurate sensors and voice control abilities, making it much easier to create and operate a smart home. We haven’t quite reached perfection in terms of interoperability, but smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) are on pace to become universally accepted home solutions.

Smart technology is invading many households in the form of various appliances and devices, all connected to the internet. The purpose of this is to provide home owners with the ability to control devices from the comfort of their phones. Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect, talks about how smart tech can ease the pain of household problems, “It solves the problem of my wife and I both being in bed and arguing over who is going to get up to turn out the lights. So you could say it solves marital problems.” Even though this is a very simple example of how IoT devices can help with home control, there are much larger and more powerful automations that can be accessed.

The rewarding feeling of being able to control a device with the touch of a button, or with voice control, does not stop at single device automation. The ability to create “scenes” allows users to command multiple devices with the use of a single voice command. Establishing scenes will make home automation so much more simple, while simultaneously improving the convenience of the installed tech.  

The ability to control both individual devices and networks of devices with a single voice command is just one of the many great features of smart technology. That being said, things can get a bit complicated when it comes to getting devices from different manufacturers to operate in a system together. There are various companies such as trying to solve the issue of interoperability, but Apple’s HomeKit and Amazon’s Echo are at the forefront of the innovation. HomeKit is the distinguished frontrunner because it is extremely easy to setup and allows users to control an assortment of devices from a single app.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/realestate/smart-doesnt-always-mean-an-easy-home.html?_r=1

ConnectSense Wi-Fi Setup

In order to set up your ConnectSense device, you first need to set up an account by going to the website www.connectsense.com/setup. Once you have reached the homepage you need to login. If you do not have an account, you can create one by following the steps below. If you already have an account you can continue the setup process and skip the following steps:

  1. Click on the “Register Now” button.
  2. Fill out all of the required account information and hit “Register” at the bottom of the page. You will then receive an account conformation email.
  3. Once you receive the conformation email, click on the “Confirm Account” button in the email and it will automatically sign you in.

Once you are logged into the ConnectSense setup page you can begin to configure your device. The first thing you need to do is select “Add New Device,” when it redirects you to the next page, begin to configure your device by clicking the “Via Wi-Fi” option. At this point you need to join the ConnectSense’s network.

If you return to the browser and leave the window open it will automatically redirect you to a new page titled “Wi-Fi Info.” From here you have to enter your Wi-Fi SSID (network name) into the indicated box and the Wi-Fi channel into its indicated box. If you are unsure of what Wi-Fi channel your SSID uses, check your routers configuration.

The next step is setting up the security settings on its respective page. You can enter the security type and encryption type by clicking on the dropdown menus provided. Next, simply enter the password into the box titled “WPA Key.” The next page you will be brought to is titled “IP Address.” For this page, there is only one dropdown box in which you should select the option “DHCP” or “Static.”

The page titled “Connect” is for you to verify that your settings are lined up with your access point; click the “Connect” button if you are pleased with the displayed settings. The website will ask you to wait about 45 seconds while the device is connecting. Once it is complete you will be redirected to a new page to configure your device’s settings.

After the device is connected you can begin to adjust its settings. For example, you can adjust things such as the name, location, and polling interval for your ConnectSense device. Once you have your desired settings, hit the “Save Settings” button at the bottom of the screen and it will bring you to the sensor page for the device. If you click on the “Sensors” button at the top of the screen you can see previous sensors that you have set up. If you wish to set up other device simply follow this process again.

View the video below for visual step-by-step instructions.