Conrad Business Supplies introduced Conrad Connect, an innovative platform that allows users to connect smart devices from different manufacturers and displays data on an easy-to-use, intuitive dashboard. The platform is ideal for operations managers and maintenance workers to record user data, monitor and manage many different smart devices.
The incoming information from several on-site pre-installed Netamo Weather Stations, for example, can be displayed, compared and analysed on the platform’s dashboard. In addition the date can also be connected via Conrad Connect with other smart independent smart devices to perhaps control and optimize room temperatures and keeping energy costs low.
Moreover, smart safety applications, such as door and window sensors from Innogy (formerly known as RWE Energie), can also be integrated and controlled via this new online platform. It is possible to set up daily routine checks for open/closed windows and gates as well as a burglary alarm. For example, if a hall gate is opened at night, all lights will be lit at once and the user will receive a message on the Conrad Connect platform. This is also supported by a push message being sent to the operator’s smartphone. In this way, the company owners or security responsible are immediately informed and can react quickly.
Conrad Connect works as a type of translator and summarises the settings of all connected devices on one dashboard. The freely configurable dashboard options allow users to manage and monitor their devices via an Internet browser on desktop PC, notebook or tablet. No additional software, is needed to operate the platform.
Based on the logic concept “IFTTT” (If This Then That), rule options can be enabled, allowing for the intelligent linking of devices and follow-on tasks to meet the user’s needs. For example, connected LEDs can remind users to air the room by changing its colour to red if the installed sensor detects moisture or increased levels of CO2.
This can easily be achieved through a few inputs directly on the dashboard or via the integrated graphics editor. With the drag & drop function, users are able to create a connection between any of their devices’ applications by simply dragging the desired sensors and actuators into the editor window and by connecting appropriate tasks.
The configuration can be designed in any possible way - as desired by the user - and offers many more functionalities than any other readily available solutions.
“With this solution Conrad Electronic is taking a new approach to consistently meet the latest requirements of users around the Internet of Things (IoT)”, said Shawn Silberhorn, Supplier Business Development Manager, Conrad Technologie Centrum. “The dynamic with which this platform re-invents and develops already indicates a very bright future ahead for Conrad Connect.”