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Braingrid to Receive Business Impact Award at 2017 IoT Expo

 

Braingrid is honoured to be receiving a Business Impact Award at the 2017 IoT Evolution Expo, held this year in Fort Lauderdale on February 7-10. This award is given out to companies that have successfully implemented IoT solutions which solve business problems, improve efficiencies and drive revenue opportunities.

We are very grateful for this recognition, and look forward to presenting on how Braingrid’s low-cost platform can capture and control critical business heartbeats to optimize operations across any industry sector or function.

 

Braingrid Unveils Sentroller: Presenting at the 2015 Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) at Dubai World Trade Centre

Toronto, Ontario – Dec.1, 2015:  Braingrid Corporation has unveiled its “Sentroller” – a wireless internet gateway and software platform designed to enable solar energy system providers the opportunity to offer an economical monitoring service for any smaller scale and/or remote photovoltaic (PV) power station.

The Sentroller internet gateway connects to the system inverter before transmitting data collected over Braingrid’s proprietary 900MHz wireless system. The software platform then processes the data collected from multiple data loggers at multiple locations, enabling stakeholders to manage each power station remotely.

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

This announcement follows other recent Braingrid news highlighting the Sentroller’s one year, field proven anniversary in Fort Erie, Ontario.

 

Internet of Things World Forum 2015, Dubai:

Led by CEO and founder Michael Kadonoff, the Braingrid team will be presenting the Sentroller by appointment at the 2015 Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF). Hosted by Cisco Systems, the invitation exclusive event will be held in the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai World Trade Centre on December 6-8.

About Braingrid

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

 

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)

 

 

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):

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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

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.

 

Cisco Innovation Centre

 

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.