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C-Labs Announces Availability of Factory-Relay


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26 days ago
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C-Labs Introduces Machine Monitor to Manufacturers


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8/23/2017
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C-Labs Corporation Acquired by Germany’s TRUMPF

John Traynor
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Firm will maintain its current location and add more software engineers in the Seattle area

BELLEVUE, Wash. - (August 23, 2017) - C-Labs Corporation, an award-winning provider of software for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), today disclosed that TRUMPF International acquired all of the company’s outstanding shares in a recent transaction.

Chris Muench will continue to head C-Labs. “When I founded C-Labs in 2009, the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) was not yet in popular use. Now our software simplifies and secures vital communications in places as diverse as automotive plants, power generation facilities, and research labs,” he said. “With the resources and global reach of TRUMPF International, we are excited about continuing our growth and helping create and secure the industrial IoT for customers worldwide.”

“C-Labs has shown tremendous flexibility in enabling industrial Internet of Things connectivity in a variety of industrial environments, and doing so in full compliance with the varied IT and data usage policies of different customers,” said Stephan Fischer, Managing Director of Digital Business Solutions at TRUMPF. “We are confident of the growth potential for C-Labs and its Factory-Relay software products.”

Earlier this year, C-Labs released the fourth generation of its highly-acclaimed software. The patent-pending software provides embedded IoT capabilities for machine makers such as TRUMPF, machine connectivity for application providers such as AXOOM, and industrial IoT cloud connectivity for Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and other cloud services.

According to a recent paper published by ARC Advisory Group, solution providers such as C-Labs and its software products “represent a key and vital connection and security technology that will help enable the digital enterprise and the factory of the future.”
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4/25/2017
Topic:
C-Labs Delivers Fourth Generation IoT Technology

John Traynor
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Software boosts customer application performance up to 10X, adds support for Azure IoT Hub


BELLEVUE, Wash. and HANNOVER, Germany - (April 25, 2017) - C-Labs Corporation, an award-winning provider of software for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the availability of the fourth generation of its highly-acclaimed C-DEngine core software. The patent-pending software provides embedded IoT capabilities for machine makers such as TRUMPF, machine connectivity for application providers such as AXOOM, and industrial IoT cloud connectivity for Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and other cloud services. C‑DEngine is also the core technology in C-Labs’ own Factory-Relay and Machine Monitor products for manufacturers.

According to a PwC survey, 65% of US manufacturers are not yet collecting or using IoT data to enhance their operations, despite availability of the technology. In C-Labs’ experience, this is also true among equipment makers and business application providers who need to securely collect and use data from locations where industrial equipment is installed and used on a daily basis. Concerns about cybersecurity and a lack of IT familiarity with industrial IoT requirements are the top challenges to the success of industrial IoT deployments. C-Labs software products provide live access to industrial equipment and IoT data without compromising or side-stepping enterprise IT security, providing complementary benefits to machine makers, machine owners, and service providers.

“Manufacturers, machine OEMs, and application vendors have all told us how critical it is to secure the flow of data from isolated industrial environments to the outside world,” said Chris Muench, CEO of C-Labs. “We are delighted to build on the success of our previous products by now providing our customers with faster performance, greater scalability, improved network route optimization, and support for specific IoT cloud services, all while preserving backwards compatibility with the previous version.” C-Labs software is already in use at customer locations in the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

According to a recent paper published by ARC Advisory Group, solution providers such as C-Labs and its software products “represent a key and vital connection and security technology that will help enable the digital enterprise and the factory of the future.”

C-Labs is demonstrating its next generation software at the Hannover Messe trade show in Hannover, Germany on April 24-28, 2017 in two locations. See C-Labs at the OPC Foundation booth, Hall 9, Stand A11 and at the AXOOM booth, Hall 8, Stand F14.
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9/21/2016
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C-Labs Introduces Machine Monitor to Manufacturers

John Traynor
John Traynor
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Simplified IoT solution gives smaller manufacturers live information from new and legacy machines

BELLEVUE, Wash. - (September 15, 2016) - C-Labs Corporation, an award-winning provider of software for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the availability of Factory-Relay Machine Monitor, a new product to provide operational awareness to machine operators, plant managers, and business leaders in manufacturing organizations.

According to a PwC survey, 65% of US manufacturers are not yet collecting or using IoT data to enhance their manufacturing operations, despite availability of the technology. In C-Labs’ experience, this is especially true among smaller firms lacking IoT expertise and wanting “out-of-the-box” solutions that are safe, secure, and simple to set-up and use.

For smaller manufacturers and machine shops, C-Labs Machine Monitor simplifies the creation of industrial grade IoT solutions without side-stepping security. Machine Monitor is based on the award-winning Factory-Relay product available to larger companies.

“Smaller manufacturers told us they wanted the benefits that larger industrial companies were getting from remote and mobile access to live data, especially with older machines,” said Chris Muench, CEO of C-Labs. “Our new Factory-Relay Machine Monitor software product, also available pre-configured with industrial-grade hardware, provides visibility to machine state information from anywhere, anytime, on any device, facilitating efficient operations while protecting industrial equipment from cyberattacks.”

C-Labs is demonstrating Machine Monitor at the OPC Conference on September 15, 2016 in conjunction with the Industrial Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Factory-Relay is also on display throughout IMTS in the OPC Foundation booth, E-4147.
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6/15/2016
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C-Labs Selected As 2016 Red Herring Top 100 Winner

John Traynor
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – (June 13, 2016) – Red Herring today announced its Top 100 North America award winners in recognition of the leading private companies from the region, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

Red Herring Top 100 America enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects the award winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks and eBay would change the way we live and work.

“In 2016, selecting the top achievers was extremely difficult,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “The variety, depth, disruption and traction we saw from the early stage companies to those with significant scale made it one of the toughest vintages to judge. The North America winners are representative of the amazing ecosystem that never ceases to astound, with new and experienced entrepreneurs continuing to push the barriers of innovation. As one of the winners, C-Labs should be proud of its accomplishment under such strong competition.”

“Customers worldwide have long sought the value we provide with remote and mobile access to industrial equipment and IoT data in full compliance with IT security policies,” said John Traynor, COO of C-Labs, who presented at the recent Red Herring conference. “As the only industrial IoT company among this year’s award winners, we are truly humbled to be recognized in this way.”

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation and intellectual property, DNA of the founders, business model, customer footprint and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their sector peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in North America.
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6/15/2016
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C-Labs Is A Red Herring Top 100 Finalist

John Traynor
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BELLEVUE, WA – (May 17, 2016) – C-Labs announced today it has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region.

Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups and "scale ups" since 1995. Finalists are still evaluated individually from a large pool of hundreds of candidates based across North America. Twenty major criteria underlie the scoring and process. They include, among others: the candidate company's addressable market size, its IP and patents, its financing, the proof of concept, trailing revenues and management's expertise. Each company goes through an individual interview after filling out a thorough submission, complemented by due diligence from the Red Herring panel. The list of finalists includes some of the best performing and prominent companies of that year.

This unique assessment of potential is in addition to a review of the company’s actual track record and standing, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

2016 will be remembered as a special vintage. "The finalists’ list confirms the excellent choices made by entrepreneurs and VCs and the start-ups' solid roots in corporate America, embracing their innovations. By all metrics, it emphasizes the United States’ entrepreneurial excellence," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring.


"Our customers recognize the unique capabilities of our Factory-Relay software to deliver live access to industrial equipment and IoT data," said Chris Muench, CEO of C-Labs, "and we are to be delighted to receive similar recognition from Red Herring by being named a Top 100 North America Finalist."

Finalist selections for the 2016 edition of the Red Herring 100 North America award are based upon technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the fields of security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, life sciences, cloud, mobile and others completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

Finalists are asked to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring North America Forum in Newport Beach, CA., June 6 to 8, 2016. The Top 100 winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony the evening of June 8.
4/29/2016
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AXOOM and Nebbiolo Select C-Labs for IoT

John Traynor
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C-Labs delivers security, ease of deployment and human machine interface out of the box


HANNOVER, Germany - (April 28, 2016) - C-Labs, an industrial Internet of Things (IoT) software developer, today announced that its Factory-Relay software was selected by AXOOM for use in industrial automation products. C-Labs also announced that its Factory-Relay software was selected by Nebbiolo Technologies for use in its Fog Computing System for process automation.

“We’re thrilled that AXOOM and Nebbiolo selected C-Labs to advance their industrial IoT solutions,” said Chris Muench, C-Labs CEO. “These customer and partnership wins underscore industry demand for secure, simple and integrated IoT solutions that work right out of the box.”

Industrial IoT is estimated to become a $151 billion market by 2020 but security and complexity are slowing adoption. A Cisco survey of more than 7,000 global executives shows that the leading obstacles to adopting industrial IoT are threats to data or physical security, followed closely by the inability of IT systems to keep up with change. C-Labs was founded to deliver the most secure and simplest to deploy factory automation software.

“We selected C-Labs software for its multilayered security and simplified deployment and operations,” said Florian Weigmann, Managing Director, AXOOM. “IoT is one of the greatest opportunities for our customers, and C-Labs helps us deliver it securely and easily.”

Security and IT policy integration were key factors in Nebbiolo’s selection of C-Labs Factory-Relay software. Factory-Relay automatically provisions a user interface that can replicate the factory equipment HMI on a smartphone, tablet or PC, removing an onerous integration step and making factory IoT automation simpler to deploy.

“C-Labs extends our reach to a broader range of industrial equipment and protocols such as OPC UA, and simplifies the creation of industrial IoT solutions,” said Flavio Bonomi, CEO and Co-Founder of Nebbiolo Technologies.

Security, IT policy and ease of deployment are the issues holding back industrial IoT, according to industry analyst firm ARC Advisory Group. “Industrial IoT has proven its value for factories and industrial infrastructure, but companies need solutions that are secure and easy to deploy; that bridge OT, IT, and mobile environments; and provide rapid application development,” said Greg Gorbach, vice president, ARC Advisory Group. “C-Labs solutions focus on all of these.”

“Customers told us they needed to adapt and extend IoT deployments without sacrificing security or requiring significant training for either operations technology or information technology (IT) teams,” said Muench. “Our patent-pending approach provides a secure and IT compliant connection point among previously incompatible protocols.”
2/9/2016
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C-Labs Announces New IoT Software Development Kit

John Traynor
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New software development kit showcased at ARC Industry Forum simplifies Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity for industrial equipment and streamlines enterprise IoT application development


BELLEVUE, Wash., and ORLANDO, Fla. - (February 9, 2016) - C-Labs Corporation, an award-winning provider of connectivity software for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced its new Factory-Relay Internet of Things (IoT) Software Development Kit (SDK). For manufacturing plants and other industrial equipment sites, the new SDK simplifies the connection of different types of machinery, devices, and sensors and streamlines the development of new applications to collect, store, analyze, and act upon machine data.

According to BI Intelligence, 82% of companies expect to deploy an IoT solution by 2017, yet are held back by concerns over “threats to data or physical security” (42%) and an “inability of our IT systems to keep up with change” (38%). The new Factory-Relay IoT SDK allows companies to securely connect equipment regardless of age or protocol, and easily develop new applications using tools and technology already familiar to enterprise application developers.

“Customers told us they needed to adapt and extend IoT deployments without sacrificing security or requiring significant training for either operations technology (OT) or information technology (IT) teams,” said Chris Muench, CEO of C-Labs. “Building on the success of our Factory-Relay, this new SDK makes it easier to extend IoT deployments in a way that is compliant with enterprise IT policies, protecting data and ensuring efficient operations. Our patent-pending approach provides a connection point among previously incompatible protocols.”

C-Labs will be on hand at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Fla. February 8-11, 2016 in the Innovations Showcase, Booth #3. Also during the event, John Traynor, C-Labs Chief Operating Officer, will share his insight on delivering real-world IoT solutions as part of a panel discussion titled “Dare to Disrupt” on Tuesday, February 9 at 2:00 pm.

For more information about C-Labs products visit www.c-labs.com.

Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160208/330832
C-Labs connects industrial machines to business applications.


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11/9/2015
Topic:
TRUMPF Licenses C-Labs IoT Products and Technology

John Traynor
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Leading global machine tool company also makes investment in C-Labs


REDMOND, Wash, November 10, 2015 (PRNewswire) -- C-Labs Corporation, a connectivity software provider for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the establishment of a strategic partnership with TRUMPF. The global market leader in machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing, TRUMPF has industrial machines deployed at customer locations worldwide. TRUMPF will license C-Labs C-DEngine and Factory-Relay products and related technology for use in TRUMPF’s industrial machines.

“Major industrial suppliers are discovering how C-Labs and its unique, easy-to-use, patent-pending approach can transform business models and accelerate product-as-a-service transitions in industrial markets,” said John Traynor, C-Labs Chief Operating Officer, following a recent series of global customer meetings. “We are delighted that TRUMPF has selected our technology and is further demonstrating its strategic commitment to the industrial IoT and C-Labs as a key investor in our next phase of growth.”

“The expertise and technology from C-Labs will significantly enhance our existing IoT capability. We are now able to capture live machine data for predictive maintenance and improved service, fully compliant with the IT and data usage policies of our many customers,” commented Stephan Fischer, Head of Software Development at TRUMPF.

Following a rigorous evaluation period, TRUMPF selected C-Labs as the IoT software provider best able to connect equipment on the manufacturing floor at multiple locations with enterprise applications and systems running on corporate IT networks. “C-Labs relishes working with industrial suppliers and their customers’ enterprise IT organizations,” said Chris Muench, C-Labs Chief Executive Officer. “We deliver solutions that meet the needs of both operations technology and information technology groups, directly addressing key security and privacy concerns. The relationship between C-Labs and TRUMPF means we can now bring these benefits to many more customers across the globe.”

TRUMPF also acquired a minority interest in C-Labs in a transaction that closed earlier this year. Details of TRUMPF’s investment, part of C-Labs’ Series A offering, were not disclosed.

For more information about C-Labs and its IoT products, visit www.c-labs.com.

Photo:http://1drv.ms/1Pm13Gb.
C-Labs meets with customers at the TRUMPF booth at FabTech in Chicago on November 10, 2015.


About C-Labs
C-Labs provides remote and mobile access for intelligent equipment. The company’s products connect and control any type of sensor, device, or machine that generates data and responds to input. C-Labs delivers scalability, improved security, and simple-to-use software for the Internet of Things (IoT).


About TRUMPF
High-tech company TRUMPF provides manufacturing solutions in the fields of machine tools, lasers, and electronics. TRUMPF is the world technological and market leader for machine tools used in flexible sheet metal processing, and also for industrial lasers. In 2014-15 the company, which has approximately 11,000 employees worldwide, achieved sales of 2.72 billion euros.


Contact Information
C-Labs Corporation
John Traynor
+1.425.999.3295 x102
john.traynor@c-labs.com


TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Heidi-Melanie Maier
+49 7156 303-31720
Heidi-Melanie.Maier@de.TRUMPF.com
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4/10/2015
Topic:
C-Labs Delivers New IoT Cloud Capabilities

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Industrial automation Internet of Things (IoT) growth drives demand for company’s latest solutions showcased at Hannover Messe 2015.

New OPC Relay supports Microsoft Azure, handles over 100-million data events per day.

REDMOND, WA--(April 13, 2015) - C-Labs LLC, a connectivity software provider for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the availability of new products to simplify the creation of industrial automation IoT solutions. The new products can be seen at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade show, in Hannover, Germany from April 13-17, 2015.

“Demand for industrial IoT solutions is accelerating, and customer interest has prompted us to bring new capabilities to market more quickly,” said John Traynor, C-Labs COO, amid preparations for the Hannover event.


Together with Beckhoff, ICONICS, Kuka Robotics, and Microsoft Corp., C-Labs is demonstrating how IoT and cloud services unlock new business value from industrial equipment. The fully functional solution uses OPC UA to monitor robotic assembly and streams live data to Azure IoT services for analytics and machine learning. The system simultaneously creates work orders in SharePoint Online when anomalous conditions are detected. Real-time data and control functions are immediately accessible from remote and mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.


The solution
is on display at Hannover Messe in the Microsoft booth (Hall 7, stand C48). C-Labs products are also on display at the OPC Foundation pod in the Microsoft booth and at the main OPC Foundation booth (Hall 9, stand A11).

“Industrial automation customers are looking for partner companies delivering IoT solutions that address business demands while minimizing technical complexity,” said Caglayan Arkan, General Manager, Worldwide Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Microsoft. “C-Labs has delivered a compelling example of what is possible with Windows Embedded, Azure IoT services and SharePoint Online.”


“Conventional M2M and IoT solutions bypass corporate networks. C-Labs embraces working with enterprise IT organizations,” said Chris Muench, C-Labs CEO. “Our mission is to deliver solutions that meet the needs of both operations technology and information technology groups.”


C-Labs new OPC Relay supporting Azure provides improved security with easy-to-deploy cloud connectivity for storage, big data analytics, and machine learning. The product has proven capable of delivering over 100-million data events per day in a 24x7 industrial environment, in full compliance with standard enterprise IT requirements and policies. Also being introduced are C-Labs OPC Client and C-Labs OPC Server, which connect to industrial equipment supporting the global OPC UA standard. According to OPC Foundation, over 4,200 suppliers and more than 35,000 industrial products support OPC protocols.


Photo:
http://1drv.ms/1IEWeUE
Chris Muench (center) explains IoT cloud connectivity at Hannover Messe.


For more information about C-Labs products, visit www.c-labs.com.
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1/20/2015
Topic:
Great article about Internet of Things vs. TOI...

Chris Muench
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TOI (Things on Internet) is what many companies are selling us these days as their "Internet of Things" solutions.
Just connecting a device to the internet is not an "internet of things" solution.
Clemens Vasters explains this very well in his blog article at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clemensv/archive/2014/01/27/internet-of-things-or-thing-on-the-internet.aspx
11/24/2014
Topic:
C-Labs Announces Availability of Factory-Relay

John Traynor
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Secure, scalable product to simplify Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity for industrial automation equipment owners and enterprise IT organizations to be showcased at SPS IPC Drives 2014


REDMOND, WA--(November 24, 2014) - C-Labs LLC, a leading provider of connectivity software for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the availability of Factory-Relay to industrial automation customers in North America and Europe.


According to BI Intelligence, 82% of companies expect to deploy an IoT solution by 2017, yet are held back by concerns over “threats to data or physical security” (42%) and “inability of our IT systems to keep up with change” (38%). Available as both a software product and a drop-in ruggedized appliance, Factory-Relay simplifies IoT implementation for remote and mobile access to industrial automation systems.


No longer the domain of just PCs and servers, IT organizations must be able to embrace and connect to industrial automation systems and bridge traditional “corporate” systems to “operations” systems. This has proven challenging for many organizations, regardless of size or budget. Enterprise IT policies designed to protect and secure corporate systems can be inappropriate for industrial machines. And many industrial machines were designed to run on isolated networks, beyond the reach of corporate networks or the public internet, making remote access with mobile devices impossible.


“Customers told us they needed a secure, scalable solution that would work with existing firewalls, routers, and IT policies, and was simple to deploy and use,” said Chris Muench, CEO of C-Labs. “Factory-Relay makes it possible to connect industrial automation systems in a way that is compliant with enterprise IT policies, protecting data and ensuring efficient operations.”


With an extensible architecture, Factory-Relay supports connections to leading industrial protocols, including the popular OPC-UA protocol. OPC protocols are supported by over 4,200 suppliers and more than 35,000 industrial products. Factory-Relay with support for OPC-UA will be showcased by The OPC Foundation at SPS IPC Drives 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany on November 25-27, 2014 at booth 7-180.


The hardware appliance version of Factory-Relay is built on a custom configuration of the Phoenix-Contact VL BPC 1000 Industrial PC, an IP20-rated fanless industrial PC in a small, compact form factor. “We are very excited about what C-Labs has to offer. C-Labs is building on a reliable, proven hardware platform to deliver their IoT solution to the industrial automation market”, said Mike Rothwell, Director, Control and Industry Solutions at Phoenix-Contact.


For more information about C-Labs Factory-Relay visit www.c-labs.com.
BI Intelligence statistics were quoted from here.


11/20/2014
Topic:
John Traynor join C-Labs as COO

Chris Muench
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Welcome John to the C-Labs team! We are very exited to have you on board and look forward to do great things together
11/20/2014
Topic:
John Traynor join C-Labs as COO

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C-Labs Names Former Microsoft and Bsquare Executive as Chief Operating Officer


John Traynor Brings Valuable Business Leadership and Industry Expertise to Rapidly-Growing Internet of Things (IoT) Company


REDMOND, WA--(November 20, 2014) - C-Labs LLC, a leading provider of remote and mobile access for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the appointment of John Traynor to the position of chief operating officer. Previously a strategic advisor to the firm, Mr. Traynor will now oversee sales, marketing, finance, and operations. Mr. Traynor is based out of the C-Labs office in Redmond, Washington. He reports to Chris Muench, Chief Executive Officer.


Mr. Traynor brings valuable business leadership and technology industry expertise to C-Labs. With over 30 years’ experience in the high-tech sector, John Traynor has held numerous senior executive positions in software, mobile, and embedded technology companies. Before joining C-Labs, John was senior vice president, products and technology at Bsquare Corporation, where he led the definition and creation of award-winning products. Prior to Bsquare, John was vice-president, business products at Palm. Before Palm, John spent 16 years at Microsoft, including leadership roles in the Mobile and Embedded Devices Group as well as various other roles at Microsoft in marketing, sales, finance, operations, and consulting services in the US and Canada. John’s early career included positions in management and information technology consulting, and he co-founded a Canadian software company which was later acquired. John is also a member of the advisory boards of Emplorate, Formotus, and The Enterprise Mobility Foundation. John holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada and a master’s degree in business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.


“John brings substantial business and industry expertise to C-Labs. His experience at Microsoft and other leading technology firms, where he led teams through high-growth transitions and global expansions, is a great match for C-Labs immediate needs and our long-term growth strategy,” said Chris Muench, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of C-Labs. “We have grown to the stage where we need a strong business leader to meet the demands of the rapidly growing IoT market, and I am very excited about John joining the company.”
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9/9/2014
Topic:
Show connect all devices to the Internet?

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It is easier for the thermostat to speak to the cloud than provide an inbound connection that has to be reached through a firewall. But you don't want to have the fridge and the thermostat ONLY talk to each other through the cloud - because if your router goes down your house stops being smart.

Even worse for industrial environment - you cannot rely on any internet connection (just yet). And connecting thousands of sensors to the cloud is not feasible and will soon lead to an overload of your outbound router. Not to mention the heart-attack of your IT department seeing all this outbound traffic from "unknown devices".

The solutions comes from smart gateways, smart routers and other "relays" that sit at home (or in the factory) and a work as "Protocol Translators" between the Bocci of the Fridge and the Hundi of the thermostat. If you will your own private C3PO. These translators are streaming on the market for home automation as we speak (Revolv, Lowes Iris, the Stable Connect hub or and our Home-Relay.com).
In factories you will see a similar movement towards these IoT gateways and relays like our Factory-Relay.com.

You will also see a shift away from the $39/month to a build-in cloud subscription (at least that is what we do) to lower the entry point to the IoT. And - as the last and main argument for the Relays is that YOU should own the data - not some cloud operator. If they want to have access to your data, YOU should be able to sell your data to them - not them giving YOU access to YOUR data by making you sign up for a cloud service account with them.

The IoT is just ramping up! You will see a lot of movement in this space - and in my mind - connecting everything to the cloud is the wrong way. Using the cloud as a smart extension, is the right way. Be it for extended reach-ability while off-site or enhanced services such as machine learning and big-data analytics.
8/1/2014
Topic:
C-Labs. Releases Home-Relay Beta 2 to testers

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The forum password is different from the one you pick for the home-relay.


When you install the Home-Relay it will run on your PC (Surface 2).
  • Go to the Windows Explorer and click on the network section.
    If you see a yellow bar on the top asking to turn on discovery - do this.
  • You should then see a list of network devices on your network - and in the "Home-Automation" section you see the Home-Relay.
  • Double click it and you get to the first Home-Relay screen.
  • It will ask you for an admin email and a password (that you have to enter twice). These credentials can be whatever you like and will be used to login to the Home-Relay
  • Once you entered the credentials you can login and set the security key for your Home-Relay.
  • Once you have done this, your home relay is ready to be used.
Right now we only have little documentation - but we are filming some tutorials as we speak that should be ready before we ship in October


Thanks for testing the Home-Relay
Your C-Labs Team
8/1/2014
Topic:
C-Labs. Releases Home-Relay Beta 2 to testers


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Chris Muench wrote:
The new beta of the Home-Relay adds several new features, performance enhancements and some bug fixes.
Sign up in our forums to download the beta for free.


I have home-relay downloaded on my surface 2 but the program is not allowing my forum email/password access to use it. Please help!
6/22/2014
Topic:
C-Labs. Releases Home-Relay Beta 2 to testers

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The new beta of the Home-Relay adds several new features, performance enhancements and some bug fixes.
Sign up in our forums to download the beta for free.
6/3/2014
Topic:
Intel shows their interpretation of the IoT.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ur8wzzhBU


They start of by saying all things connected to the internet (which is wrong)...but later on they explain the "Systems of Intelligent Systems" where they clearly show only the SYSTEM connected to the internet and the devices talk directly to each other. That is the correct way.
Clever way of Intel to turn the common mis-understanding of the IoT around to the real-IoT (Systems of intelligent Systems) without saying it directly.




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