Category Archives: Internet Of Things

New Mobile E-Commerce Software From Grand Rapids Firm

GRAND RAPIDS — EAgile Inc., a global leader in Internet of Things technologies, announced the release of its eLink software for mobile e-commerce.

The company said eLink is the first software to combine smartphone-based one-tap ordering, product authentication and customer engagement functions with enterprise-level track and trace visibility into a single product.

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Holland Innovation Consultant Moves To Larger HQ

HOLLAND — Twisthink, a product innovation and business strategy consultancy, has moved into a new, larger headquarters and added new talent and new clients.

The new headquarters, 15,000 square feet in size, is at 48 E. Eighth St. in downtown Holland. It’s pictured above.

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Whirlpool Oven To Connect To Digital Recipes, Advanced Cooking Techniques

BENTON HARBOR — It’s the oven that can help you be a better cook.

Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. this week announced a partnership with Redwood City, Calif.-based Innit to bring advanced automated cooking and digital recipes to its Jenn-Air brand of Wi-Fi connected ovens.

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Mojix Acquires Internet of Things Platform Provider TierConnect

LOS ANGELES — Mojix, the Los Angeles-based provider of wireless sensor network products and services, announced the acquisition of Plymouth-based TierConnect and its subsidiary CodeRoad, creators of a platform for the Internet of Things called ViZix.

This acquisition enables Mojix to offer comprehensive and fully configurable software with advanced analytics, enabling end-to-end business intelligence and data visibility across multiple industries. This will further bridge the gap between its RFID hardware platform, the edge and IoT.

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Ford Innovation Boss Meets With VC’s, Startups At U-M Event

YPSILANTI — The door is open for tech startups to talk to Ford Motor Co. about advances in mobility.

That’s the word from Ford Motor Co.’s innovation guru, delivered at the Midwest’s largest venture capital conference, where dozens of young, innovative companies meet with the people who control institutional investment.

“I’m an angel investor in Ford Motor Co.,” said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of the automaker’s Ford Global Technologies LLC. “I invest in the creation of intellectual property … The door is open to talk to us.”

The leader of the automaker’s skunk works spoke Wednesday at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, the annual matchmaking event for startups and venture capital firms, hosted by the University of Michigan and held in Ypsilanti.

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MTU Prof: Hackers Could Make Smart Homes Stupid — or Worse

HOUGHTON — Imagine the smart home of the future. Thanks to a central controller and wi-fi, not only does the thermostat power up and warm or cool the house as you are heading home. Smart light bulbs come on low at dusk and brighten up as the sky gets darker;your washing machine starts a load of clothes when the electricity is cheapest; your smart refrigerator thaws the roast in one section, while another keeps your cheese ready to slice and yet another chills your beer. The doors lock automatically behind you and unlock as you approach — but stay locked for anyone else. A two-way nannycam lets you keep an eye on the kids while a sprinkler waters your lawn when water demand is lowest.

But what if a hacker gained access to your central controller? Your roast is frozen, your milk is sour, and the heat has been on full blast all day when you finally break into your house through a window because your front door won’t unlock. The washing machine and dishwasher have been running at peak prices for electricity, and the kids have torn their room apart while it looked like they were peacefully napping.

In fact, if the hacker got to every smart home in the neighborhood, utility bills would shoot up and brownouts, if not blackouts would be imminent.

It’s a cybersecurity nightmare. And it’s exactly what Shiyan Hu is working to prevent.

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