“We have sensors for monitoring temperature/humidity, security (door open/close), water, motion, dry contacts and light,” says Grid Connect Vice President Adam Justice of the company’s newly-launched product ConnectSense.
For more than 15 years, Grid Connect has distributed network hardware but recently designed and developed a cost-effect series of sensors that are easy-to-install, require no monthly fees, and alert users via text, Twitter, and email of break-ins and other disasters while offering peace of mind.
“I am constantly paranoid that I have left my garage open,” Justice admits. “Due to this there have been a number of times where I will drive around the block and double check that the garage is shut when leaving for work in the morning. Now I have a security sensor on our garage which has two rules on it. One which places a phone call to my wife and I know anytime the garage is left open for more than five minutes. The other is a rule that sends me a text message every morning letting me know the garage is closed. This way when I am a few blocks from home and wondering if I really did close the garage, I can pull over and look at my phone and know that I can drive on without worrying because it is indeed closed.
“Options like text messaging and phone notification make a lot of sense because many of us don’t go five feet from our mobile phones any time during the day. If you need to know about something the moment it happens that's usually the best way to get a hold of people.
“ConnectSense is all about awareness so you can take action and prevent larger problems. We are working to help people start to think of different creative ways for using it which we are doing through our blog. We know that as we get these sensors into the hands of customers, everyone will have their own unique ideas on how to implement them. We have created the tools and its up to everyone’s imaginations on how to apply them to solve problems in their homes and businesses.”
One of the foreseen problems by Justice is keeping tabs on the growing community of seniors with the sensor’s motion detection. “This was a great application that came to mind when developing ConnectSense,” explains Justice. “As a large part of our population enters its senior years, it is important to make sure they are doing okay. Many senior citizens still want their independence and want to live on their own so we see motion sensors as a great way to keep an eye on elderly parents and senior citizens. This combined with our cloud would allow an easy, non-obtrusive way to know if someone has not passed by a certain area of their home in awhile. Maybe a reminder to someone to give them a call and just make sure everything is okay.
“A mother of one of our employees has had a problem with flooding in her house. It was something she constantly worried about anytime she was away for more than a few days. She felt like she was unable to go on vacation and relax. Now with a ConnectSense water sensor in place, she is able to get a phone call if there is an issue and she can call her neighbors or shorten her travel plans to deal with it. Either way, she can enjoy her vacation now with the peace of mind that ConnectSense is monitoring her basement.”
The fact that Grid Connect provides support for parents via ConnectSense is no surprise since Adam Justice’s father Mike Justice presides over the family-run company. “We have three generations working in Grid Connect today,” notes Adam Justice. “My grandfather Budd Justice also runs the shipping department. He came to work for Mike in the ’90s, and even at 80 years old, he still has a passion for helping our customers get their products quickly. I really enjoy getting to work with both of them every day. I feel like I have gotten to know them both better since I have worked here. I am lucky I get to see and work with them every day.”