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Braingrid Announces Completion of Pilot Program: Celebrates One-Year Field Proven Sentroller Technology

Nov 25 2015 – Braingrid Corporation is pleased to announce the successful completion of its one year pilot program, field proving the capabilities of its revolutionary Sentroller solar energy monitoring technology.

Committed to energy reform and in response to market demand, in 2012 the progressive technology company developed the Sentroller before testing it in the field at five remote, 10kW residential solar power generation plants (“Micro-FITs”) spread out over a 5km radius within the township of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.

Upon completion of the pilot program, despite harsh conditions the Sentroller successfully and uninterruptedly transmitted energy production and other vital system data collected from the remote solar energy plants for one full year, without falter.

The Company also reports that since the “to field pilot program” was launched in August, 2014, several other Sentroller devises across the Brampton/Mississauga regions have been installed on similar power applications, of which have also been operating seamlessly.

Braingrid CEO and founder Michael Kadonoff comments “We’re pleased to have reached this one year milestone which proves our technical and business convictions about our end-to-end solution… We’re driving the monitoring costs down and ease of deployment up such that a system or fund size is irrelevant when considering real-time monitoring.” Kadonoff continues “When offering clients ten times the features to systems that were once deemed unmonitorable, while reducing other customer’s current conventional monitoring costs by up to 90%, we are delivering true energy reform to the solar sector.”

 About Sentroller

The Sentroller is a long range, low power, communications gateway that’s coupled to Braingrid’s private wireless network and software platform.  It’s specifically designed to collect and deliver critical and relevant system metrics in real-time to asset owners and operators. Armed with derived insights, relevant alarms and actionable facts in addition to raw data, asset and project stakeholders can affect reduced maintenance costs, better yields or efficiency while bolstering ROI.

The Sentroller’s first major application enables residential solar energy systems providers the ability to monitor all of their distributed generation power systems, no matter what their size is and/or where they are located. Simply put, the revolutionary technology delivers the most reliable, cost effective and fully featured means to collect and relay wireless data.

The monitoring platform, including independent internet gateway and reporting software, is available for as low as $4.00 (CDN) per month, per residential system.

About Braingrid

Braingrid Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of “things” as they relate to the “Internet of Things (IoT).” (www.braingrid.org)

 

 

First Successful Deployment to a Medical Cannabis Grower WeedMD

Precision Agriculture”, “Agtech”, Big Data … investors and entrepreneurs have been patiently waiting for these technological revolutions to fully take hold of one of humankind’s oldest practices.

While the slow and steady pace of transformation isn’t unexpected for an industry founded on traditional knowledge and “green thumb” intuition, the agricultural sector faces tight margins and isn’t used to the risk-reward profile associated with technological R&D and innovation.

Excitingly, the nascent cannabis subsector might just pave the way in demonstrating ROI for data-driven approaches to cultivation. Those growing the most valuable plant in the world, and one that has finicky needs when it comes to light, moisture and other environmental conditions, certainly have reason to invest in gaining data insights to ensure optimal crop health and yields.

At Braingrid, we realized that our monitoring solution could provide the continuous, real-time variety of data that growers need – and that it could be affordable and effortless on their part.

WeedMD Rx Inc, an ACMPR-licensed medical marijuana producer, was our first client to deploy Braingrid’s Cannabis Solution in their Aylmer, Ontario production facility. On installation day, the Braingrid team mounted eight Sentrollers across the facility to gather real-time data on 21 sensing points of interest, including:

  • humidity, temperature, CO2 levels and light presence in grow rooms
  • humidity and temperature in storage vaults
  • presence of UV lights in the water sterilization system
  • internal temperature of a composter to ensure that compliant disposal of cannabis material.

As any service provider to the highly-regulated medical marijuana industry knows, getting through the numerous security and environmental safety measures – donning full-body coveralls, going through sterilization chambers, having authorized staff enter various PINs and swipe their security cards – can often be the hardest part of the process!

This is where the simplicity and quick installation of the Braingrid solution really benefits the client – once we get in the installation room, it only takes a few minutes to mount the Sentroller and place the sensors. Operations aren’t disrupted and the client can immediately access real-time data through their online customer portal.

“Cannabis crops are highly valuable and demand constant monitoring to ensure optimal yield and product quality. Braingrid deployed a wireless monitoring solution … This solution helps us demonstrate ACMPR regulatory compliance in ways competitive solutions could not. I found that cultivation and operations can now easily manage issues which may affect the quality of the crop…” – Luc C Duchesne, PhD, WeedMD Chief Science Officer, RPIC & Quality Assurance Person

We are very pleased to hear that WeedMD’s staff has found that Braingrid’s Cannabis Solution has been helpful in optimizing growth cycles and managing environmental conditions that affect crop quality, ensuring correct equipment operations and generating the requisite data for Health Canada audits.

Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, Braingrid is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. Copyright Braingrid Corporation 2017 All Rights Reserved.

Michael Kadonoff is Braingrid’s passionate CEO during the day, and an unrelenting inventor by night.

Sentroller mounted on the wall with a temperature/humidity sensor.

Sentroller mounted on the wall with a temperature/humidity sensor.

Sentroller mounted on the wall to ensure the UV sterilizer bulb is OK.

Sentroller mounted on the wall to ensure the UV sterilizer bulb is OK.

In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One

 

IN OUR HOUSES, cars, and factories, we’re surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Now they are beginning to talk to one another. Soon we’ll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, even save our lives.

On a 5-acre plot in Great Falls, Virginia, less than a mile’s stroll through ex­urban scrub from the wide Potomac River, Alex Hawkinson has breathed life into a lifeless object. He has given his house, a sprawling six-bedroom Tudor, what you might describe as a nervous system: a network linking together the home’s very sinews, its walls and ceilings and windows and doors. He has made these parts move, let them coalesce as a bodily whole, by giving them a way to talk among themselves. Open a telnet session in the house’s digital hub and you can actually spy on his chattering stuff, hear what it says when no one’s listening:

  • LIBRARY MOTION SENSOR: Device 0x9E07 zone status 0x0031
  • CAR DOOR: TEMPERATURE: +13.0C; Battery: 2.4V
  • CAR GLOVE COMPARTMENT: [87AC] checkin
  • FAMILY ROOM LIGHT: 2001-
  • KITCHEN COUNTER LIGHT: 2001-
  • THERMOSTAT: 4301-
  • FOYER LIGHT: 2001-
  • COFFEEPOT: 2001-
  • LIVING ROOM MOTION SENSOR: Device 0xB247 zone status 0x0031

This is the language of the future: tiny, intelligent things all around us, coordinating their activities. Coffeepots that talk to alarm clocks. Thermostats that talk to motion sensors. Factory machines that talk to the power grid and to boxes of raw material. A decade after Wi-Fi put all our computers on a wireless network—and half a decade after the smartphone revolution put a series of pocket-size devices on that network—we are seeing the dawn of an era when the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.

Imagine a factory where every machine, every room, feeds back information to solve problems on the production line. Imagine a hotel room (like the ones at the Aria in Las Vegas) where the lights, the stereo, and the window shade are not just controlled from a central station but adjust to your preferences before you even walk in. Think of a gym where the machines know your workout as soon as you arrive, or a medical device that can point toward the closest defibrillator when you have a heart attack. Consider a hybrid car—like the new Ford Fusion—that can maximize energy efficiency by drawing down the battery as it nears a charging station.

Imagine a house with a nervous system, where the sprinklers take orders from moisture sensors.

There are few more appropriate guides to this impending future than Hawkinson, whose DC-based startup,SmartThings, has built what’s arguably the most advanced hub to tie connected objects together. At his house, more than 200 objects, from the garage door to the coffeemaker to his daughter’s trampoline, are all connected to his SmartThings system. His office can automatically text his wife when he leaves and tell his home A/C system to start powering up.

In this future, the intelligence once locked in our devices now flows into the universe of physical objects. Technologists have struggled to name this emerging phenomenon. Some have called it the Internet of Things or the Internet of Everything or the Industrial Internet—despite the fact that most of these devices aren’t actually on the Internet directly but instead communicate through simple wireless protocols. Other observers, paying homage to the stripped-down tech embedded in so many smart devices, are calling it the Sensor Revolution.

Your coffee shop senses your approach and starts preparing your regular order.

But here’s a better way to think about what we’re building: It’s the Programmable World. After all, what’s remarkable about this future isn’t the sensors, nor is it that all our sensors and objects and devices are linked together. It’s the fact that once we get enough of these objects onto our networks, they’re no longer one-off novelties or data sources but instead become a coherent system, a vast ensemble that can be choreographed, a body that can dance. Really, it’s the opposite of an “Internet,” a term that even today—in the era of the cloud and the app and the walled garden—connotes a peer-to-peer system in which each node is equally empowered. By contrast, these connected objects will act more like a swarm of drones, a distributed legion of bots, far-flung and sometimes even hidden from view but nevertheless coordinated as if they were a single giant machine.

For the Programmable World to reach its full potential, we need to pass through three stages. The first is simply the act of getting more devices onto the network—more sensors, more processors in everyday objects, more wireless hookups to extract data from the processors that already exist. The second is to make those devices rely on one another, coordinating their actions to carry out simple tasks without any human intervention. The third and final stage, once connected things become ubiquitous, is to understand them as a system to be programmed, a bona fide platform that can run software in much the same manner that a computer or smartphone can. Once we get there, that system will transform the world of everyday objects into a design­able environment, a playground for coders and engineers. It will change the whole way we think about the division between the virtual and the physical. This might sound like a scary encroachment of technology, but the Programmable World could actually let us put more of our gadgets away, automating activities we normally do by hand and putting intelligence from the cloud into everything we touch.

 

2015-09-12 12_19_37-In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One _ WIRED

 

THE FIRST STAGE of this transformation—the simple act of putting objects on the network—is well under way, spurred by a few different economic forces. For makers of consumer devices, one way to escape the trap of commodification is to put a device (alarm clock! refrigerator! fitness tracker!) on the network and call it “smart.” No doubt that’s a big reason why more than half of the gadgets displayed at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show boasted some sort of wireless hookup. But an even bigger reason is that the rise of the smartphone has supplied us with a natural way to communicate with those smart objects. Nearly 700 million new smartphones shipped last year, most of which can communicate with nearby sensors via multiple wireless languages. At the same time, the staggering scale of the smartphone market has spurred sensor manufacturers to miniaturize and innovate, driving the cost of all the wireless chipsets (both sensors and receivers) down to a pittance. This has created a built-in market for these first-stage products—formerly unnetworked items that now deliver simple information to your phone, and from there to the cloud—at a relatively minimal manufacturing cost.

Already, scores of products have emerged to take advantage of Bluetooth Smart, one low-energy radio protocol that hit the market in October 2011. They include watches, heart rate monitors, and even some new Nike shoes (which use four built-in pressure sensors to send workout data back to your phone). One project, called Asthmapolis, uses a sensor that attaches to an asthma inhaler; it maps usage to generate insights into where attacks are likely to occur. Another rising technology is NFC, short for near-field communication; Visa just announced that it plans to let Samsung smartphone users make payments to merchants wirelessly over NFC instead of swiping a card, and some billboards are using the protocol to beam content to passersby who ask for it.

In the industrial realm, there’s a similar dynamic at work but with even higher stakes. Massive US companies like IBM (through its Smarter Planet initiatives), Qualcomm, and Cisco all see ubiquitous connectivity as a way to sell more products and services—particularly Big Data–style analysis—to their large corporate customers. Chinese manufacturers have much the same idea, and the Chinese government is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars every year into so-called Internet of Things­–based manufacturing. (This project kicked off a few years ago when China’s then premier Wen Jiabao put forward the following equation in a speech: “Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth.”) Global analysts look at all these developments and project that by 2025 there will be 1 trillion networked devices worldwide in the consumer and industrial sectors combined.

The rise of the smartphone has given us a natural way to communicate with all of our smart objects.

Take one case in point: General Electric, which has been trying to apply the sensor revolution (what it calls the Industrial Internet) to 50 different projects across scores of businesses, from wind turbines to railroad locomotives to a pilot program with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York that predicts, based on sensors in beds, when rooms will become available. But perhaps GE’s most remarkable application of this program has been to its own manufacturing process at the Durathon battery factory, completed last year in Schenectady, New York. Its biggest manufacturing challenge is the high tech ceramics that separate the electrodes inside the battery: Tiny variations in the mixing and firing process can lead to huge swings in quality and consistency of these ceramics. So the solution, GE’s team decided, was to engineer their way to consistency through data.

Step by step, they developed and refined their process using feedback from the machines. One crucial step was near the beginning, in mixing the powder that would eventually be pressed to form the ceramics. The team didn’t know the optimal mixing time needed to give that powder a perfectly even consistency that wouldn’t vary from batch to batch. And since the raw materials would themselves vary slightly—in density, for example, or moisture content—the mixing time would need to vary too. So, says Randy Rausch, a manager of manufacturing engineering at the plant, “we put a sensor on everything,” from the outside of the factory to the inside of the room to the inside of the vat to the innards of the machines. Eventually the team realized that the powder was ideally mixed when it reached a certain viscosity. The key sensor, it turned out, was inside the mixing apparatus itself: When it needed to draw more than a certain amount of power, indicating that the powder was at just the right thickness, the process was done.

In many ways, this is the most extreme possible example of a first-stage usage. GE estimates that this single factory generates some 10,000 data points every second, and using that data has allowed GE to eliminate the high defect rates that typically plague high tech ceramics. Yet it has done it through pure data analysis, not through the actual coordination of these low-level sensors and devices. Like the consumer-hardware makers linking up their products to distinguish them from ordinary toasters and refrigerators, GE is connecting its industrial components to solve a near-term business problem. But in the process, the company and its industrial brethren are laying the groundwork for a far deeper transformation.

 

 

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THE SECOND STAGE—the yoking together of two or more smart objects—is the trickiest, because it represents the vertiginous shift from analysis, the mere harvesting of helpful data, to real automation. This is a leap that tries our nerves: No matter how thoroughly we might use data to fine-tune our lives and businesses, it’s scary to take any of those decisions out of human hands. But it’s also a challenge to our imagination. In a non-programmable world, when few objects are connected, it can be tough to grasp how even pairs of things might naturally fit together. Alex Hawkinson of Smart­Things likes to draw an analogy to Facebook, which has famously described the underlying data it owns as the social graph—the knowledge of who is connected to whom and how. Hawkinson wants us to think of a “physical graph” where all the objects in our lives take on similar underlying connections, based on how we might want the state of one object to depend on the state or behavior of another. But until you actually have the intelligence baked into your objects—until you have, say, a network-connected sprinkler system on one hand and an in-ground moisture sensor on the other—it can be hard to imagine the automation you might someday want, or even need, in your daily life.

Think about where you spend most of your waking hours: your office, perhaps, or your living room or car. There are all sorts of adjustments you make over the course of any given day that are reducible to simple if-then relationships. If  the sun hits your computer screen, then you lower a shade. If  someone walks in the door, then you turn down your music.If  there’s too much noise outside, then you close your window. If  you have a Word document open but haven’t finished writing a sentence in 10 minutes, then you brew another pot of coffee. Would you want to automate all of these relationships? Not necessarily. But you might find that automating some of them would make your life easier, more streamlined.

Your office will text your wife when you leave and tell your home A/C system to start powering up.

Perhaps the clearest two-sensor example is where one of the sensors is on us. “Presence” tags—low-energy radio IDs that sit on our keychains or belt loops and announce our location, verify our identity—are what let the Smart­Things system text your wife or fire up your A/C when you leave the office. It’s also the principle behind Square Walletand a number of other nascent payment systems, including ones from PayPal and Google. (When you walk into a participating store today, Square can let the cashier know you’re there; you pay simply by giving your name.) For the four-legged set, Qualcomm has created a product called Tagg, a tracking tool that monitors your pet’s movements while you’re gone, estimating its activity levels and alerting you if it strays too far from home.

With GPS we can reliably know our location within 100 feet, give or take, and that knowledge has transformed our lives immeasurably: turn-by-turn driving directions, local restaurant recommendations, location-based dating apps, and so on. But with presence technology, we have the potential to know our location absolutely, down to a foot or even a few inches. That means knowing not merely which bar your friend is at but which couch she’s sitting on if you walk through the door. It means receiving a coupon for a grocery item on the endcap at the moment you walk by. It means walking through an art museum and having your phone interpret the paintings as you pause in front of them. This simple link—between a tag on us and a tag in the world—stands to become the culmination of the location revolution, delivering on all the promises it hasn’t quite fulfilled yet.

A simple link—between a tag on us and a tag in the world—will complete the location revolution.

Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, the location-based social app, thinks of location as a giant X on Earth that grows smaller as our technology improves. “We want to get down to the point where the X is this big,” he says, holding out his hands. “X marks the spot: It’s pirate’s treasure.” Already that X is shrinking: On Google Maps, you can now navigate inside certain airports and stores, with Wi-Fi triangulation helping out your GPS. (The Wi-Fi is especially important to distinguish among levels of a multistory building, which GPS is poorly equipped to handle.) But presence tags can simplify that math, replacing it with a concrete assurance of where we are. And the treasure that digs up could be considerable. This is obviously true for retailers: According to a mobile couponing firm called Koupon Media, some 80 percent of customers who buy gas at one major convenience-store chain never walk inside the store, so presence-based coupons could make a huge impact on the bottom line. But it’s also true for our everyday lives. Have you ever lost an object in your house and dreamed that you could just type a search for it, as you would for a wayward document on your hard drive? With location stickers, that seemingly impossible desire has become a reality: A startup called StickNFind Technologies already sells these quarter-sized devices for $25 apiece.

 

2015-09-12 12_37_26-In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One _ WIRED

 

THE THIRD AND FINAL STAGE is to build applications on top of these connected objects. This means not just tying together the behavior of two or more objects—like the sprinkler and the moisture sensor—but creating complex interrelationships that also tie in outside data sources and analytics. Think about how much more intelligent your sprinklers could be if they responded to the weather report as well as to historical patterns of soil moisture and rainfall. Plugged into that information, your system wouldn’t just know how much water is in the soil; it could predict how much there will be, based on whether it’s going to rain or the sun will be baking hot that day. Think about a home medical monitoring system that didn’t just feed back data from diabetic patients but adjusted the treatment regimen as the data demanded. Think about a liquor cabinet that auto-populated your shopping list based on the levels in the bottles—but also locked automatically if your stock portfolio dropped more than 3 percent.

With his 200-plus sensors and objects installed, Hawkinson is using his house as a laboratory to dream up just these sorts of elaborate interconnections. A blond, hulking, bespectacled entrepreneur in his forties, he lays out some of the basic objects on the coffee table in his airy living room. There is a motion sensor, a moisture sensor. There is the “multi sensor,” whose two pieces can be mounted opposite each other on a door and its frame, registering movement and also ambient temperature. There is a power outlet that listens for commands as it sits plugged between the wall and any AC-powered device. And there is the presence tag, worn on a keychain or belt loop, which announces to the house that its bearer is home. Finally, there is the sandwich-sized device that binds them together: the SmartThings Hub.

Right now there are multiple efforts under way to standardize how connected objects talk to one another. Two different projects, led by big companies—AllJoyn, spearheaded by Qualcomm, and MQTT, pushed by Cisco and others—are trying to create something like an HTTP for smart objects, giving them a shared language to coordinate their actions. Hawkinson’s strategy, by contrast, is to make his hub a universal translator, deciphering the different types of chatter over multiple wireless protocols and processing it all in the cloud. The SmartThings Hub includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, and two mesh technologies called ZigBee and Z-Wave that allow each device to extend the network. He estimates there are already more than a thousand compatible off-the-shelf devices, but he says that if some popular new wireless chipset (or HTTP-style protocol) comes along, “we’ll just throw that in too.”

The true genius of SmartThings, though, isn’t in the sensors or the hub but in the system that Hawkinson and his users are building on top of it. Open the Smart­Things mobile app and one finds its own array of apps inside, a pleasingly designed grid of bubbles that show the status of the people and places and things on your system and the various programs that connect them. Through the Smart­Things Store, users and developers can share their simple if-then apps and, in the case of more complex relationships, make money off of apps, just like in the mobile marketplaces.

It’s a future where the intelligence once locked in our devices can now flow into the universe of physical objects.

For example, Hawkinson’s users are already hacking smart thermostats, which draw on ­sensors and historical usage patterns to help save energy. Essentially these are open source competitors to Nest, the most successful connected home appliance on the market right now. Designed by former Apple engineers, Nest is a proprietary system where all the intelligence is embedded in the thermostat itself. But on the SmartThings platform, a thermostat app can pull in readings from any other device on that platform—motion sensors that might say which room you’re in, presence tags that identify individual family members (with different temperature preferences)—as well as outside data sources like weather or variable power prices.

An even more natural category for apps is security. While Hawkinson is away from his house, he receives texts when any door opens, when any motion is detected. When the last person leaves the SmartThings office, it locks itself up, shuts down the lights and thermostat, and activates an alarm system complete with siren, flashing lights, and auto-notifications, all coordinated through the Smart­Things system. With so much intelligence built into the structure, why would you ever pay ADT—or one of the other myriad firms that makes up that $20 billion market—just to duplicate that effort? For those rare situations when someone needs to come out to the premises, Hawkinson imagines a low-cost security service that will wed his simple sensors and notifications with an on-call platoon of off-duty cops—“an Uber for home protection,” as he puts it.

This, finally, is the Programmable World, the point at which the full power of developers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists are brought to bear on the realm of physical objects—improving it, customizing it, and groping toward new business plans for it that we haven’t dreamed of yet. Indeed, it will marshal all the forces that made the Internet so transformational and put them to work on virtually everything around us.

THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY some pitfalls lurking in this future of connected objects. Our fears about malicious hackers preying on our email and bank accounts via the cloud might pale in comparison to how we’ll feel about those same miscreants pwning our garage doors and bathroom light fixtures. The mysterious Stuxnet and Flame exploits have raised the issue of industrial security in the era of connected devices. Vanity Fair recently detailed nightmare scenarios in which hackers could hit connected objects, from our high tech cars (university researchers have figured out how to exploit an OnStar-type system to cause havoc in a vehicle) to our utility “smart meters” (which collect patterns of energy use that can reveal a great deal about our activities at home) to even our pacemakers.

Hawkinson, for his part, sees security as a concern but hardly an existential threat. The traffic between the cloud and the SmartThings Hub is encrypted, making it very difficult for hackers to intercept, let alone to modify for malevolent ends. It might actually be the case that automation, even mediated through the cloud, will make our lives more rather than less secure. As Wired senior writerMat Honan has documented, our recent hacking epidemic has largely exploited the human interface—the password. We’re always the weak link in online security, and in the Programmable World, our objects will carry out their business without needing us to get involved at all.

A bigger concern, perhaps, is simple privacy. Just because we’ve finally warmed up to oversharing in the virtual world doesn’t mean we’ll be comfortable doing the same in the physical world, as all our interactions with objects capture more and more data about where we are and what we’re doing. Certainly the gradual acceptance of smart toll tags for cars (e.g., E-ZPass) shows that such qualms can be overcome, so long as there’s a demonstrated benefit and a fair assurance of security. In that regard, personalized billboards are arguably a step in the wrong direction, but wireless payments will make users happy; so too will the coffee shop that knows your order and lets you skip the line, or the rental-car seat that adjusts to your preferences before you sit in it. Just as with social networking, the privacy concerns of a sensor-­connected world will be fast outweighed by the strange pleasures of residing in it.

No, the main existential threat to the Programmable World is the considerably more mundane issue of power. Every sensor still needs a power source, which in most cases right now means a battery; low-energy protocols allow those batteries to last a long time, even a few years, but eventually they’ll need to be replaced. In a hyperconnected home like Hawkinson’s, that will eventually mean changing scores of batteries every year, and the numbers in a large office complex on the SmartThings system would be even higher. Hawkinson hopes that within a few years we will see the commercial rollout of wireless power, which uses a technology called resonant magnetic coupling to beam power to devices as far as several meters away from a charging station. (MIT recently spun out a company called Wi­Tricity to bring such a system to market; its founders are hopeful that even electric cars could charge up using its technology.)

The idea of animating the inanimate, of compelling the physical world to do our bidding, has been a staple of science fiction for half a century or more. Often we’ve imagined the resulting objects to be perverse in their lack of intelligence, like those remorselessly multiplying brooms conjured up by Mickey Mouse in Fantasia. At other times we’ve feared the perversity that results when our things gettoo smart, like HAL refusing to open those damn pod-bay doors. In reality, though, just as in our programmable computers, the “intelligence” in our programmable world will never be more or less than the intelligence we can instill into its far-flung moving parts. It’s vanishingly unlikely that we’ll ever have a car like KITT or a house like Tony Stark’s Jarvis, chatting us up in urbane British accents about our built-in weapons systems. But someday soon we’ll have a house that can warn us about a flood or keep an eye on our kids or turn off that stove when we forget—acts of genuine intelligence that will enrich our lives far more than any missile launcher ever could.

IoT – The Periodic Table

The Internet of Things, continues to grow in our ever evolving world and as it does, private companies, corporations, venture investors and acquirers rise to the occasion.

With that in mind we thought it interesting when we came across a Periodic Table (a chart built to show the relationships among the various “elements” of the Internet of Things),  on a CB Insights blog (a company that uses data, algorithms and predictive analytics to predict “what’s next?” in the market).

The Table in essence outlines some of the key players in the IoT market.  It includes 141 companies, investors and acquirers on a list made up from data that involves financial health, company momentum, investor quality and mergers and acquisitions action.

The table focuses on seven types of industry from left to right and because the Internet of Things is more of a theme than a single industry, it includes lots of different areas and companies. Here are the basic guidelines of how to read it:

  • The left side of the Periodic Table of IoT includes companies across several sub-verticals that make up IoT.  More details on these sub-areas of IoT are below.
  • On the far right, the table shifts to venture capital firms (both multi-stage and micro VCs), corporate investors, angels, accelerators/incubators and crowdfunding platforms selected based primarily on total portfolio investments into IoT and recency of investment in the Internet of Things.
  • The bottom section below is acquirers and notable IoT exits.

Here is the table below (click to expand):

periodic table

Breakdown of several sub-areas on Table:

Wearable Tech

Private wearable tech firms on the list include clothing or accessory companies that fuse sensor and other connected technologies in order to help track primarily health-related matters but also photos, email and GPS location.

Connected Home

Private connected home companies on the list offer connected software platforms and hardware for your home to keep it functioning efficiently.

Building Blocks & Platforms

Companies that help power, facilitate and/or create the IoT universe. This ranges from open-source IoT toolkits to embedded chip makers to DIY electronics.

Industrial Internet

This includes companies working to extend the capabilities of connected devices to physical machinery, industrial processes and workplaces. Many of the firms listed primarily operate in the drone and/or robotics spaces.

Healthcare

Healthcare companies on the table span key remote patient monitoring or machine-to-machine products for the healthcare industry, specifically for use by doctors or home healthcare providers.

In-store Retail

Companies using sensor, beacon and WiFi technologies within the physical retail store in order to help better track and understand in-store customers.

Connected Car

Connected car companies on the table provide wireless technology and/or hardware to help drivers be alerted of details including traffic, accidents, alerts and speeding.

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Venture Capital Firms

Venture capital firms included make venture equity investments across the stage spectrum and geographies focusing on IoT opportunities. The VC firm category spans both micro VCs and large multi-stage firms with LP commitments ranging from $25M to well over $1B+.

Corporate Investors

Corporate investors in the Internet of Things include both corporations making direct investments and separately identifiable corporate venture units.

Angel Investors

IoT angel investors span both angel groups that bridge the gap between angel investment and institutional VC, providing either a managed fund or direct investment from angel group members as well as individual angel investors who offer early-stage capital, advice and networks to startups in exchange for equity or convertible debt.

Crowdfunding

Internet platforms for financing ventures or projects through contributions from the ‘crowd’,  whose collective contributions help fund the project.

Accelerators/Incubators

Accelerators and startup incubators typically offer some combination of equity investment, mentorship and resources around company development. Those on the Internet of Things periodic table have either funded a number of IoT portfolio companies or have a specific focus on hardware.

IoT Acquirers

Key public corporations that have acquired private IoT companies in the last two years.

Notable acquisitions

Key IoT companies that have been acquired.

Overall, the Periodic Table pulls together some interesting information about the exciting world of IoT at the moment.  Stay tuned…it’s a work in progress!

SOURCE: CB Insights

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BrainGrid Corporation is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of “things” as they relate to the “Internet of Things (IoT).”

 

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

These six shifts will transform markets over the next 25 years

The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 2040.

Here are six massive shifts coming soon to power markets near you:

1. Solar Prices Keep Crashing

The price of solar power will continue to fall, until it becomes the cheapest form of power in a rapidly expanding number of national markets. By 2026, utility-scale solar will be competitive for the majority of the world, according to BNEF. The lifetime cost of a photovoltaic solar-power plant will drop by almost half over the next 25 years, even as the prices of fossil fuels creep higher.

Solar power will eventually get so cheap that it will outcompete new fossil-fuel plants and even start to supplant some existing coal and gas plants, potentially stranding billions in fossil-fuel infrastructure. The industrial age was built on coal. The next 25 years will be the end of its dominance.

2. Solar Billions Become Solar Trillions

With solar power so cheap, investments will surge. Expect $3.7 trillion in solar investments between now and 2040, according to BNEF. Solar alone will account for more than a third of new power capacity worldwide. Here’s how that looks on a chart, with solar appropriately dressed in yellow and fossil fuels in pernicious gray:

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3. The Revolution Will Be Decentralized

The biggest solar revolution will take place on rooftops. High electricity prices and cheap residential battery storage will make small-scale rooftop solar ever more attractive, driving a 17-fold increase in installations. By 2040, rooftop solar will be cheaper than electricity from the grid in every major economy, and almost 13 percent of electricity worldwide will be generated from small-scale solar systems.

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4. Global Demand Slows

Yes, the world is inundated with mobile phones, flat screen TVs, and air conditioners. But growth in demand for electricity is slowing. The reason: efficiency. To cram huge amounts of processing power into pocket-sized gadgets, engineers have had to focus on how to keep those gadgets from overheating. That’s meant huge advances in energy efficiency. Switching to an LED light bulb, for example, can reduce electricity consumption by more than 80 percent.

So even as people rise from poverty to middle class faster than ever, BNEF predicts that global electricity consumption will remain relatively flat. In the next 25 years, global demand will grow about 1.8 percent a year, compared with 3 percent a year from 1990 to 2012. In wealthy OECD countries, power demand will actually decline.

This watercolor chart compares economic growth to energy efficiency. Each color represents a country or region. As economies get richer, growth requires less power.

The Beauty of Efficiency

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5. Natural Gas Burns Briefly

Natural gas won’t become the oft-idealized “bridge fuel” that transitions the world from coal to renewable energy, according to BNEF. The U.S. fracking boom will help bring global prices down some, but few countries outside the U.S. will replace coal plants with natural gas. Instead, developing countries will often opt for some combination of coal, gas, and renewables.

Even in the fracking-rich U.S., wind power will be cheaper than building new gas plants by 2023, and utility-scale solar will be cheaper than gas by 2036.

Fossil fuels aren’t going to suddenly disappear. They’ll retain a 44 percent share of total electricity generation in 2040 (down from two thirds today), much of which will come from legacy plants that are cheaper to run than shut down. Developing countries will be responsible for 99 percent of new coal plants and 86 percent of new gas-fired plants between now and 2040, according to BNEF. Coal is clearly on its way out, but in developing countries that need to add capacity quickly, coal-power additions will be roughly equivalent to utility-scale solar.

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6. The Climate Is Still Screwed

The shift to renewables is happening shockingly fast, but not fast enough to prevent perilous levels of global warming.

About $8 trillion, or two thirds of the world’s spending on new power capacity over the next 25 years, will go toward renewables. Still, without additional policy action by governments, global carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector will continue to rise until 2029 and will remain 13 percent higher than today’s pollution levels in 2040.

That’s not enough to prevent the surface of the Earth from heating more than 2 degrees Celsius, according to BNEF. That’s considered the point-of-no-return for some worst consequences of climate change.

 

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Businesses Expect BIG Impact of IoT in Future: SURVEY

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key technology that will provide the data that will revolutionize the cognitive business era, or in other words the era of businesses that “think”.

These thinking systems will take all the IoT data and inject it into systems and processes that make up business. The result?  Efficient and improved products and services and a better anticipation of future risks and problems.

In fact, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. (the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company), more than 40 percent of organizations expect the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform their business or offer significant new revenue or cost-savings opportunities over the next few years, rising to 60 percent in the long term (more than five years).

So with something so impactful in our near forseeable future, let’s check out some of the interesting highlights of the survey which was carried out  among Gartner Research Circle Members  and composed of 463 IT and business leaders who had knowledge of their organization’s IoT strategy.

First off, even though it is acknowledged IoT is going to be big, the survey confirmed  many organizations have only just started experimenting with it in a serious way and only a small minority have deployed solutions in a production environment. This even though, the falling costs of networking and processing mean that there are few economic inhibitors to adding sensing and communications to products.

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Researchers at Gartner say that organizations need executives and staff to understand the potential of IoT if they’re going to invest in it and many respondents felt that the leadership at the senior levels of their organizations don’t yet have a good understanding of its potential impact. (It’s important to note that varies widely by industry…for example, board of directors’ understanding of the IoT was rated as particularly weak in government, education, banking and insurance, whereas the communications and services industries scored above-average ratings for senior executive understanding of the IoT).

Survey respondents did make it clear as well that things that may inhibit adaptation to IoT are mostly change in general and an added fear of security and privacy. Obtaining staff and skills was another major inhibitor for many of the respondents, particularly those who expect the IoT to be transformational because they are likely to need new skills quickly to keep up.

BOTTOM LINE: The Internet of Things is here and continuing to expand into all aspects of life.   As the IoT market grows, we will see more investment, and as hardware matures, we will get improved security.  With these improvements business leaders will continue to get into the market and by doing so embrace not only change, but growth and success as their newfound connectivity makes life simpler.

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LOOKING BACK

Looking back in history somethimes gives us perspective of what to anticipate in the future. Did you know it was  August 12, 1981 that IBM introduced its first personal computer to the market? ( IBM model number 5150). Great apprehension about change and a new learning curve had many resistors to the new technology at first.  But as time went on and systems became more affordable, understandable and ultimately invaluable in day to day life, the computer became a required necessity in almost everyone’s existence in the modern world.

Looking to the future and glancing at the past,  IoT seems destined to follow in the same path and that’s something we’re excited about.

ABOUT BRAINGRID

BrainGrid Corporation is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of “things” as they relate to the “Internet of Things (IoT).”

 

Looking to the Future – Some IoT Predictions for 2016

 

It’s exciting to see the Internet of Things really gain momentum as new connected solutions evolve in the marketplace.  To hit that point home further, market research Team IDC recently predicted that IoT spending will reach a whopping 1.7 trillion by 2020.

With such big numbers, the impact of the Internet of Things cannot be ignored in its implications on our lives now and even more so in the future.  With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to check out some of the top predictions for IoT trends for 2016.  Here are five…

 

  1. A NEW WIFI STANDARD

It is coming.  The Wi-Fi Alliance has created a new standard, Wi-Fi HaLow that operates in the 900 MHz band that has lots of benefits which include less power usage, improved penetration through structures like walls and floors and an extended transmission range.

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It was developed specifically for IoT devices and with its incredible features  will be ideal for solution providers as they support local area networks (LAN) and smart cities where Bluetooth is used.

 

  1. CONNECTED SMART HOMES

Vendors will increase their investment in connected smart homes.

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Recently, PlumChoice, a solution provider and service specialist, revealed their ConnectedHome Expert which is an end-to-end service that helps IoT manufacturers solution providers and resellers get products easily integrated into consumer’s homes by assisting them with all aspects of selection, installation and integration and thus greatly increasing their ease of use.

 

  1. COMPANIES WILL CONSOLIDATE

Manufacturers acquiring IoT companies for better connected technologies has happened in the past and is expected to continue.

Case and point, this year already, Sony has announced the purchase of chip company Altair Semiconductors and last year Cisco acquired IoT analytics company Parstream.

 

  1. APIs and IoT

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are expected to be key in providing revenue to solution providers’ from the Internet of Things (according to IBM).

APIs and a strategy based on hybrid cloud (the primary delivery model for IoT), are becoming important as they act as a bridge that connects information and lots of data to the Internet of Things. So in essence, many devices get connected to a network that offers unlimited possibilities to solution providers.

 

  1. SECURITY ISSUES

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Security is always top of mind when it comes to technology these days and the Internet of Things is no exception.  Freewave predicts a major security breach of an industrial supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) within the year that will quickly get industries on board with focusing on securing the Internet of Things and finding more secure communications systems in general.

 

In closing, although we never know what the future holds, it can’t be denied that the Internet of Things will be a big part of it.

 

ABOUT BRAINGRID

BrainGrid Corporation is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of “things” as they relate to the “Internet of Things (IoT).”

 

 

 

 

 

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The Internet of Things and the New Engines of Global Economy

It’s always exciting when we hear more examples of how the Internet of Things is changing the world we live in and how we interact with each other.  Take Davos for example…

Davos is host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business movers and shakers. Last month’s WEF theme focused on something called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Something not to be taken lightly when the world’s business elite are taking notes and its relation to the Internet of Things…

What is 4IR?

The first industrial revolution took place in the 18th century, as we moved from relying on the power of animals to mechanized power, the second in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when a host of breakthroughs set in motion systems of mass production and communication and the third over the last half century as computers opened up the digital world.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) represents a fundamental shift in how we produce, consume and relate to one another, driven by the convergence of the physical and digital worlds and human beings. 

The Internet of Things and 4IR

The Internet of Things and the concept of disruption, innovation and digital transformation has in essence, become one of the new engines of the global economy and 4IR.  It has digitized networks in ways that have transformed interactions between individuals, business and the public sector alike.

Although it is true that we’re used to hearing how the private sector embraces new cutting edge ideas, it is interesting to see how these thoughts are now meshing into development and governance considerations too…

Take the recent COP21 (21st Session of the Conference of the Parties) in Paris and the Climate Agreement for example. Both the outcome and the approach were significant because they demonstrated such a global approach at problem solving that has not been seen before.

Nearly 200 countries showed commitment to charting a common path to addressing climate change; signaling an end to business-as-usual and making sure future investments are in line with a carbon neutral world.

Why is this significant?  It’s how they did it. They broke with convention and ‘disrupted’ the traditional practice of multilateral negotiations.  Instead, they had national governments individually submit domestic climate actions, and to make their commitments more ambitious every five years.

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It shows a collective approach that is not only made to have transparency, but also one that gives government’s real incentive to improve through competition. It also shows a common sense of shared ownership and purpose the world could use more of when it comes to international deliberations…don’t you think?

And this is just one example that we examined from Paris…but there are more and what we seem to be seeing is that dated global governance models and the public sector ideologies are changing as they embrace digital innovation. 

Exciting stuff… and as the Internet of Things becomes more and more intertwined with  policy and climate change in the future, what we’re really seeing is a shift that lays the foundation for inclusive and sustainable development models in the future.

About BrainGrid

BrainGrid Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of “things” as they relate to the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

BrainGrid’s revolutionary “Sentroller” is an advanced technology platform which delivers the most reliable, cost effective and fully featured means to connect and relay wireless data.

 

 

 

 

 

The Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto – BrainGrid gets Involved with New Hub for Open Technology Innovation

 

BrainGrid Corporation had the opportunity to work with Cisco after being chosen to participate in their new Internet of Things Innovation Centre in Toronto.

The Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto, one of nine Cisco Innovation Centres worldwide, is designed to catalyze and showcase digital innovation and development.  In a nutshell it is Canada’s brand new “hub” for open technology innovation.

“The mantra of the Toronto Innovation Centre is Inspire, Innovate and Invest,” said Bernadette Wightman, president, Cisco Canada (pictured below). “Inspire the next great minds of tomorrow. Foster innovation and big ideas today. And invest in the potential game-changing companies of tomorrow.”

 

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Located at 88 Queens Quay West just south of Union Station and the Gardner Expressway , the 15,000 square foot high-rise buidling is the first large scale commercial high-rise with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) LED lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) in the Americas.  It also has some pretty cool smart features like like real-time monitoring of indoor/outdoor daylight levels and temperature.

 

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Inside its doors are things that are really the future of everything… things that will help communities be safer, smarter and more efficient. From digital fire hydrants to E-bikes there was no limit on the variety of technology that was featured on launch day.

Cisco’s thought leadership in IoT combined with this world-class facility made it the perfect place to show off some of our own technology.  Pictured below is the Sentroller on display at the Innovation Centre.  The BrainGrid “Sentroller” is an advanced technology platform which delivers the most reliable, cost effective and fully featured means to connect and relay wireless data. A Sentroller easily allows anyone to remotely monitor and manage systems and in-field equipment previously deemed as “unmonitorable”.

 

BrainGrid Corporation is pleased to have partnered up with Cisco and the Innovation Centre and look forward to continue working with leaders in the Internet of Things market.

MORE ABOUT THE CISCO INNOVATION CENTRE:

The Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto is designed to transform the status quo by bringing together customers, partners, startups, accelerators, governments, universities, researchers, and open communities to:

  • Educate, mentor and develop Canadian talent in the areas of STEM
  • Provide physical and virtual laboratories for proof of concept development, experimentation and testing on Cisco’s open digital platform
  • Provide customer innovation rooms to co-create and prototype new solutions
  • Foster local and global innovation by investing in startups, university and research partnerships
  • Provide access to a global network to share success stories, best practices and market expertise
  • Demonstrate cutting edge technology solutions and share thought leadership

The Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto will specialize in building solutions and advancing projects in the areas of Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Healthcare, Financial Services and Manufacturing.

Here is a brief video that outlines the creation of the Innovation Centre.

 

 

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. Cisco products and services are supplied in Canada by Cisco Systems Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Internet of Things Inc. & BrainGrid Corporation to Launch IoT Joint Venture

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – December 15, 2015) – Internet of Things Inc. (TSX VENTURE: ITT) (“ITT” or the “Company”) an IoT technology accelerator and industry acquisition company and BrainGrid Corporation (“BrainGrid”) a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that enable the Internet of Things, have entered into a joint venture agreement. The joint venture company,BrainGrid Solutions Ltd. (“BrainGrid Solutions” or the “JV Company”) will market, sell and distribute BrainGrid’s flagship product, the ‘Sentroller’ and related BrainGrid IoT technology applications.

BrainGrid Solutions effectively enables clients a way to manage system devices by reducing costs, saving time, increasing reliability, scalability and overall system performance through advanced wireless monitoring and control. Initial markets include China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, while the JV Company continues to evaluate, negotiate and develop other international markets across a wide array of applications and verticals.

BrainGrid Solutions is owned equally by both parties and shall have a license to use BrainGrid’s current and future developed intellectual property, including without limitation, API’s, source code, data (derived from customers of BrainGrid Solutions), data analytics, patents and trademarks. The JV Company is also the exclusive partner/distributor for any current and future products, applications and services utilizing BrainGrid’s intellectual property in markets such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong as well as any other markets that the parties may agree upon.

Internet of Things Inc. is acquiring a minority equity position in BrainGrid for $500,000 as an initial investment with an option to increase its interest over the next 6 months. ITT has agreed to issue 15.5 million warrants to BrainGrid as it directs, with each warrant exercisable into a common share at an exercise price of $0.05 per share of Internet of Things Inc. for a period of 60 months. Any common shares issued pursuant to the exercise of the warrants shall be subject to resale restrictions during the first 24 months, with 5% of the shares being available for resale on a monthly basis following expiration of the four month hold period.

In addition, ITT will be issuing 900,000 warrants to an arm’s length party as a finder’s fee, each warrant exercisable into a common share at an exercise price of $0.05 per share for a period of 60 months. Any shares issued pursuant to the exercise of these warrants will be subject to the same resale restrictions as govern the warrants issued to Braingrid.

The completion of the transaction with BrainGrid remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

“As a pioneering Canadian technology company, BrainGrid has created a valuable platform and network of smart grid connected solutions,” commented Michael Frank, President & CEO of ITT. “BrainGrid’s premiere product, the Sentroller, is the first of its generation and has been field tested and validated to be a long range, low power, cost effective device that enables traditionally inaccessible data to be connected from remote Things, wirelessly.”

Before founding BrainGrid, its CEO, Michael Kadonoff, trained as an electrical engineer (B.Eng. from McMaster University) and worked at General Electric Grid IQ (formerly GE Multilin) as a professional band hardware designer on the premier design team for automation and control products. Surrounded and forged by the GE principles of excellence like Six Sigma and design for manufacturability (DfM), Mr. Kadonoff and his team of industry experts deliver robust, unprecedented and technologically advanced products. “We are excited to partner with Internet of Things Inc. to help take us to the next level and aggressively ramp up production, marketing and sales efforts,” commented Mr. Kadonoff.

Product Showcase

The BrainGrid Sentroller and its encompassing software and database solutions, easily enables anyone to remotely monitor and manage systems and in-field equipment previously deemed as unmonitorable. The ‘Sentroller’ is designed from the ground up to use any of the industry’s sensors, communication protocols and connection schemes to integrate into your Things, seamlessly. A ‘Sentroller’ installs in minutes, with untrained personnel on live equipment and automatically connects to the BrainGrid network, which means a ‘Sentroller’ never becomes obsolete and the systems it’s connected to are infinitely upgradeable. The collected or sensed real-time data is transmitted over BrainGrid’s long range radio frequency (RF) network and is securely processed via fail-safe, redundant, independent servers and software systems which are delivered to customers using a novel, easy to use interface dashboard. The proprietary, patented technology can be applied to any vertical necessitating long range, low power, cost effective ways to transmit data machine to machine. It is versatile, robust and can be applied to a number of system applications with maximum reliability and minimal effort. BrainGrid has already started to fill numerous orders for the product within the residential solar industry in Canada.

Cisco has invited BrainGrid to showcase the ‘Sentroller’ its first fully commercialized IoT enabling device, at the new Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre Toronto which is scheduled to open in January 2016. This centre is the first of its kind in North America, has been built to inspire and showcase IoE innovation and development.

Cisco estimates global IoE opportunities to be worth $19-trillion by 2022, including US$400 billion to the Canadian private sector over the next decade. For the public sector, these opportunities could produce US$95 billion in cost savings, new revenues, and employee productivity enhancements over the same period. This state-of-the-art development centre will bring together customers, partners, start-ups, accelerators, governments, universities and researchers to foster local and global innovation, with the Toronto Innovation Centre aiming to lead the transformation.

About BrainGrid Corporation

BrainGrid Corporation (www.braingrid.org) is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced digital communication devices and software systems that simplify the management of Things as they relate to the “Internet of Things (IoT).” They are committed to enabling clients to effectively monitor and manage system devices while reducing costs, saving time and increasing reliability, scalability and overall system performance.

As a pioneering Canadian technology company, BrainGrid offers Renewable Energy Power Producers, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) companies and the Energy Retrofit/Auditing industry Energy Management Solutions (EMS), with 10x the features/benefits compared to the market incumbents. BrainGrid has created a valuable technology platform and a wide ecosystem of smart grid connected solutions that continues to expand quickly. By positioning the company at the forefront of IoT solutions, BrainGrid is poised to accelerate its core vision of energy reform. BrainGrid is “Energy Reform, Simplified.”

About Internet of Things Inc. (TSX VENTURE: ITT)

Internet of Things Inc. (www.iotintl.com) is an IoT technology accelerator and industry acquisition company. ITT is focused on accelerating IoT-based technology companies, and the development and implementation of disruptive IoT-based solutions. Internet of Things Inc. will partner with companies across a wide range of industries to leverage the power of IoT. The Company maintains offices in Toronto, Canada and Kolkata, India.