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Our Proudest IoT Project to Date: Helping to Support an Army Veteran

Posted by: Michelle Foster on May 05, 2015

Over the past two decades, Belden has worked on Internet of Things (IoT) projects for offices, healthcare facilities and manufacturing plants, providing the network infrastructure necessary to connect devices in order to automate processes, increase efficiencies and reduce costs. However, the projects we are proudest of are the ones that help those in need, specifically military veterans.

Recently, Belden used its IoT experience to support the construction of a smart home for Army veteran John Masson, who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. 

Masson stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while conducting Village Stability Operations in 2010. He lost an arm and both legs. Through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E Program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) and Building for America’s Bravest, a partner program, Masson was selected to receive a specially adapted smart home.

Belden donated more than $11,500 worth of products to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which built the smart home that allows Masson to increase his mobility and reclaim his independence. Many aspects of the home, from lighting and temperature to security and audio, can be controlled on a single interface that is accessed on a smart phone, tablet or one of the screens built into the walls of the home.

Belden contributed network infrastructure products to help make this level of automation possible by connecting the various devices in the home to the internet via Ethernet technology, so they can communicate with each other. Belden products made the following features possible:

  • An automated security system connecting the surveillance cameras, sensors and keypads that allow Masson and his family to control the home’s security system with the tap of a button.
  • Climate zone management which connects the heating and cooling in the home to the family’s phones, tablets or touch-screens
  • The multi-room audio and video and surround sound system which connects the home’s TVs and speakers to the home’s network, allowing for automated control. This makes it possible for Masson to change a DVD in his home theatre or to adjust sound through an app on his mobile device.

IoT makes everyday tasks more convenient, efficient and safe for veterans like Masson. We are proud to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s effort to provide these benefits to those in need.

The smart home technology on this project was installed by IT and Media Solutions.

Read more about the project and Army veteran John Masson’s story here.

Tags:Internet of Things, IoT, Smart Home

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