Robert Mawrey of ioBridge Joins the TiECON East Internet of Things Panel

Robert Mawrey joins the Internet of Things Panel at TieCON East on Friday, May 30th from 2:45 to 4pm! Robert is the CEO of ioBridge with over 4 years of Internet of Things experience leading ioBridge into commercial applications all around the world. Robert will sit on the “Internet of Things Panel” to discus “the next revolution in computing.” They will discuss economic impact of IoT, the landscape, and capturing potential.

TiECON IoT Panel

The TieCON Internet of Things Panel includes the following members:

  • Mike WalkleyComm Tech Analyst / Canaccord Genuity
  • Luke BurnsPartner / Ascent Venture Partners
  • Andy KalambiCEO / Dassault Systèmes
  • Robert Mawrey – CEO / ioBridge, Inc.
  • Dan MurphyVP-Marketing / Axeda
  • Joe ZarbVP-Marketing / ThingWorx / PTC

TieCON East – “Breaking Boundaries”

Internet of Things Panel

Friday, May 30 - 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

The Marriott Hotel
2 Cambridge Center
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA, 02142

[via TiECON East]

“Internet of Things” Takes a Huge Leap Forward, ioBridge Announces Technology Licensing Agreement with Schneider Electric

Talking toothbrushes, refrigerators that know when it’s time to go to the grocery store, coffee pots wirelessly communicating with alarm clocks—by 2015 it’s predicted 6 billion devices in the world will be connected to the internet. But, for more than a decade, the futuristic promises of the “Internet of Things” have generally been more hype than help. That is, until now.

Easily connect any product  to a mobile device using the web

No longer reserved solely for early adopters or tech startups, more and more multinational companies are starting to see the value of connecting small and inexpensive products  to the web—a clear signal that the Internet of Things is growing up, gaining momentum, and finally poised to become a scalable solution.

“For years the Internet of Things was cost prohibitive—often relegated to niche, one-off projects. As price points continue to come down, you’re going to see more and more global manufacturing companies looking to Internet-enable small products,” said Dr. Robert Mawrey, CEO of ioBridge. “We’re starting to move more toward an ‘Internet of Small Things’—a focus on little things that will ultimately have a much bigger impact,” he added.

Companies that embrace the Internet of Things will not only be able to optimize their resources internally, but also create real value for their consumers. Whether it’s home security, power management, logistics, or convenience, you can’t help but imagine the possibilities.

By looking to ioBridge, industry leading companies such as Schneider Electric are sending a clear signal that the Internet of Things and the need to connect small and inexpensive products to the web has finally moved from hype and unrealized potential to real demand for practical business applications.

“Through this collaboration with ioBridge, Schneider Electric will enable customers, from the home consumer to the enterprise, to easily connect to the Internet and manage all of their devices,” said Michael Maiello, Senior Vice President, Home and Business Networks, Schneider Electric’s IT Business.

Flexible and Cost-Effective Platform

Companies have the flexibility to use the most cost-effective hardware from any supplier or use ioBridge’s reference designs and modules. By leveraging their patented technology, businesses looking to produce Internet-enabled products can get to market quickly and cost-effectively.

Industry-Leading Technology That’s Secure and Scalable

Years of experience, thousands of users, and a proven track record of success means technology that has been continuously tried, tested and refined. ioBridge’s encryption from cloud service to web-enabled devices gives companies a scalable solution and the peace of mind that their information is safe and secure.

Easy to Implement and Operate

ioBridge products are designed to be incredibly easy to implement and operate. Typically, this means no firewall or network changes, firmware that can be updated remotely, and a full suite of support software tools.

To learn more about enterprise solutions for connecting small internet-enabled products and devices to the web, please visit http://www.iobridge.com or Contact ioBridge.

[via eReleases]

ioBridge Issued Patent for Connecting Devices to the Internet

We are proud to announce that ioBridge has been issued US Patent 8,271,629, “Module-based Device Interaction System”. The patent covers core technology developed by ioBridge to make it easy to Internet-enable devices or services. This represents a lot of research and development which started back in 2000 when Jason and I began working together on how to build systems based on devices distributed around the Internet and Wide Area Networks. We also collaborated with Il Park who is an expert in neural networks and cryptography. From the start, we baked in a security model and encryption techniques on the same level as banking systems. We know this is an important innovation for the emerging Internet of Things and often overlooked by the swarm of newcomers and rehashers. Patent 8,271,629 applies to the technology suite provided by ioBridge, including the IO-204 Web Gateway Module, associated Web services, and the RealTime.io cloud infrastructure for Iota-enabled devices and services.

“This patent is an important example of how we are innovating and creating value for our customers and partners,” said Dr. Robert Mawrey, CEO of ioBridge, Inc. ”Our technology opens up a whole world of possibilities. Interactive toys, healthcare devices, and traditional M2M applications are taking advantage of low-cost connectivity and cloud services. This is a very exciting time for ioBridge and its partners.”

[via GlobeNewswire]

Open Internet of Things Assembly 2012

As most of us are already aware, the Internet of Things is growing quickly. Companies are flocking to this space on the level of social, smart grid, and location-based services. Key decisions are being made right now as more and more people become aware of this trend. The IoT community is vibrant and pushing forward.

YOU have a chance now to help make the decisions involving Accessibility, Timeliness, Privacy, Control, and Licensing by being involved in the Internet of Things Bill of Rights spearheaded by the Open Internet of Things Assembly. Internet of Things is important and has an impact over privacy and many parts of our lives. Unlike social networking, we have a chance to get privacy and openness right before a few companies make the decisions for you.

Open Internet of Things Assembly

Open Internet of Things Assembly is assembling for the first meeting June 16-17, 2012 in London. The Bill of Rights 2.0 document will be finalized at the assembly. It will be a great event and features an amazing lineup of speakers, panels, and keynotes including Adam Greenfield – Urbanscale, Rob van Kranenburg – The Council, Laura James – Makespace Cambridge, Russell Davies – HistoryTag, Usman Haque – Cosm, and Gavin Starks – AMEE.

ioBridge is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the inaugural Open Internet of Things Assembly. We believe initiatives like this will help shape the future of the space we know and love. This is going to be a great event and also shows how amazing the Internet of Things community is. It’s awesome to see events and initiatives like this emerging and seeing people contributing and taking control.

Follow the Open Internet of Things Assembly on Twitter and contribute on their website.

Stormwater Management and Why it’s Big for the Internet of Things

ioBridge and one of our partners Geosyntec has had a lot of buzz lately.  Geosyntec has been using ioBridge’s “Internet of Things” platform of hardware and software to solve BIG problems in the area of stormwater and rain water management.

The article in Scientific American and Fast Company titled How the “Internet of Things” Is Turning Cities Into Living Organism talks about how this solution is a great example of using “Internet of Things” to immediately affect the environments we live in. I especially enjoyed the analogy of the sensors in the city being the “virtual nervous system”.

“By using the Internet to connect real-world sensors and control mechanisms to cloud-based control systems that can pull in streams from any other data source, including weather reports, these efforts enable conservation and money-saving measures that would have been impossible without this virtual nervous system.”

(Even Chris Anderson of Wired / The Long Tail gave this definition of the Internet of Things a ringing endorsement.)

Why this is BIG for the Internet of Things

I feel like this is all just the tip of the iceberg for the “Internet of Things”.  Solving problems like stormwater management are proving that the “Internet of Things” has a big part in solving real world problems, not just tweeting toasters.

Here’s a recipe:

1) Existing data / trends / models (i.e. weather, tides, sunlight)

2) Real time data (i.e. temperature, pressure, humidity, light)

3) “Things” that need to be controlled (i.e. fans, valves, motors)

4) Platforms for the “Internet of Things” (like what ioBridge makes)

Take a few parts real-time data analysis with existing data / trends / model, decide how and when the things that need to be controlled should function, then mix moderately with a platform for the “Internet of Things”.  What can it be used for?  This recipe goes well with agriculture, infrastructure, energy, water…   In the end you’ll have a way to solve many large real-time problems.

As you can see, most of the components 1-3 have already existed for years.  It is the recent emergence of platforms for the “Internet of Things” that provides that last mile to connect it all together and makes  automatically solving real problems in real-time a reality.

Yeah… It’s kind of a big deal.

[via Scientific American / Fast Company / Wall Street Journal ]