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cnct Introduces intelliPLUG – The World’s Smallest and Most Affordable Smart Plug

June 14, 2017 Comments off

CNCT(Los Angeles, CA) June 14, 2017cnct today introduced intelliPLUG, the world’s smallest and most affordable smart plug.  The Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug allows users to control their lights, appliances and any “plugged-in” device directly from their phone or tablet, anywhere in the world. intelliPLUG features full iOS, Android and AmazonAlexa functionality so users can turn on/off plugs, set timers for devices and schedule plugs to turn on/off automatically. The Indiegogo campaign (https://igg.me/at/intelliPLUG), which has a funding goal of $25,000 USD, features limited Early Bird specials of $19.99 USD for a 2-pack (50% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.

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Being the most affordable smart plug on the market at less than half of the price of other brands, intelliPLUG allows everyone to experience a smart home at the fraction of the cost of other devices. Plus, with its quick three-step setup process, users simply plug the intelliPLUG into any electrical outlet, download the cnct app, pair the plug with the app, and in less than 60 seconds the user is able to control any “non-smart” appliance with ease.  Additionally, intelliPLUG is small, attractive and blends in with any home environment.

This easy-to-use platform makes controlling user’s appliances seamless through the iOS and Android apps, and with the Amazon Alexa functionality, user’s simply enable the cnct smart home skill and they’ll be able to access all of cnct’s high-tech features with nothing but the sound of their voice. The cnct platform is built from the ground up to work with even more up-and-coming technologies such as Google Assistant and HomeKit in the very near future.  As additional implementations are added, the existing intelliPLUG will work without the need for product updates or upgrades.

A sampling of daily uses of the intelliPLUG and its features:

  • Make coffee when you want it through the app – 6am one day, 9am the next.
  • Forgot to turn off your curling iron? No problem, simply go to the app and hit “off.”
  • Want to set the mood for a romantic dinner? Just go to the app and turn the lights and stereo on before you get home.
  • Kids have homework – set the timer of the TV to control the amount of time they’re able to watch or play video games.

“With intelliPLUG, we wanted to create the most affordable smart plug on the market, and after dozens of prototypes and countless software iterations, we finalized the design and are ready to bring the cnct intelliPLUG to the world,” said Adam Anderson, founder, cnct. “Now everyone can have a smart home and be able to seamlessly control their appliances directly from their phone or tablet, while home or on-the-go.”

About cnct

Founded in 2012, cnct is an innovative startup based in Irvine, CA developing cutting-edge, smart technology that improves the consumer’s everyday life. The team is comprised of industry executives that have worked in, on, or around some of the most successful and well known IOT (internet of things) products. cnct’s mission is to put a customizable smart home within the reach of everyone. For more information, visit www.cnctlife.com.

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Embracing BYOD and BYON to Reduce Risks

September 11, 2014 Comments off

SysAidBy Sarah Lahav, CEO, SysAid Technologies

The “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend has received a lot of attention in business circles, but BYON – “bring your own network” – is another security risk IT teams should be working proactively to address. In fact, BYON is a far graver threat to corporate security than BYOD, and the best way to counter the risks associated with BYON is to fully embrace BYOD.

Company IT professionals and security officers are right to be concerned about the risks of BYOD and BYON: Lax security practices such as failure to use strong passwords can put sensitive company data at risk when it is stored on employee devices. And the use of unsecured BYON connections can leave confidential data exposed when employees transmit messages or log in to company portals.

 

But trying to address the risks associated with BYOD and BYON by banning the use of personal devices in the workplace will ultimately prove to be a nonstarter. An increasingly mobile workforce is transforming the way business is conducted, and always-on, always-connected mobile devices are driving the change. In fact, industry analyst Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of employers will stop providing devices to employees altogether and require staff to use their personal devices on the job.

The reason many companies are embracing BYOD is that, in theory, it delivers a win-win: Employees win because they get to use the devices they choose that are increasingly an integral part of their daily lives, and employers win because BYOD expands access to employees and increases job satisfaction. But without robust IT support, neither employees nor employers can achieve a clear win. Instead, employees take chances with company data via BYON connections, leaving employers exposed to more liabilities, which transforms a potential win-win into a lose-lose proposition.

BYOD is inevitable. The IT team’s customers – their employer and its employees – are increasingly demanding the flexibility it delivers. So to address the risks, IT needs to embrace BYOD now, while the trend is evolving, and prepare for emerging technologies like wearables, which will affect enterprise security in the future.

IT departments can counter the threat of BYON by providing WiFi access for employee-owned devices, which gives IT professionals greater control over security. IT departments can provide across-the-board support for social platforms and apps, which will give them a chance to review security protocols. In return for enabling IT to gain greater control over device and network security, employees will receive support, creating a win-win scenario.

In a rapidly evolving technology environment, many IT teams are struggling to keep up, looking for ways to protect their companies and provide the services their customers demand. The BYOD and BYON trends pose daunting challenges for IT, and it’s understandable that the first impulse would be to try to keep the risks at bay by banning the use of personal devices on the job. But these trends aren’t a passing fad: BYOD is a sea-change in IT.

Because the use of personal devices in every facet of life is gaining momentum and will be bolstered by emerging technologies, the time is now for IT organizations to embrace and manage the change. As is often the case in business, identifying what the customer demands and shifting strategies to meet their requirements turns out to be a smart move – for the company, for the customer and for those involved in providing support.

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