“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]

TIME Magazine: Going From Twitter Toasters to Manufacturers

, a contributor from TIME.com, covered our social toaster that I created back in 2008. But, Jacob took the story a few steps further and explained what might happen as more objects get connected. He also talks about FeedandGo, a mobile device controlled pet feeder, and iAquaLink, a pool control system that updates you on its status through an app. Both of these examples are taking the seeds of our technology planted in 2008 and taken beyond the novelty to real-world implementation.

@mytoaster may seem strange, but in reality it’s just another example in a widening group of household objects that use social media to make our lives easier. In addition to @mytoaster, there’s a plant that tweets when it needs to be watered and a laundry machine that tweets whenever a load is finished. It’s this concept of an inanimate object giving updates on its activities that interested @mytoaster’s inventor.

Another aspect of the article in TIME, covers the interest in what are things are doing. Imagine using a search engine to find your keys or find out if someone is home at your house by intertwining messages from things along with friends and family. Not all of this data needs to be public – this is why we created ThingSpeak and like the direction that DuckDuckGo is going with search.

Here’s Hans Scharler at the Connected World Conference with @mytoaster and many other connected gadgets and examples of our technology created by our partners:

Hans Scharler at Connected World

The modern “Twitter Toaster” uses the IO-201 Wi-Fi and a power sensor to detect if the toaster is in operation or not. You also get the side benefit of calculating power consumption by measuring the duration of usage.

Read the full article at TIME.com, “Tweeting Toaster Has More Followers Than You”.

[via TIME]