OK, lots of "techy" stuff in this press release. But for us as cigar aficionados, the takeaway is that the technology within the Cigar Oasis Smart Humidor™ humidification devices continues to evolve towards providing us with completely Wi-Fi-enabled, and controllable, humidors - and THAT'S what's exciting...
Cigar Oasis, ciqada™, and Gainspan Announce an Internet of Things Product for Cigar Enthusiasts
July 30, 2015 (Piscataway, NJ) - Ciqada™, an Internet of Things (“IoT”) solutions provider, and Cigar Oasis, the supplier of Smart Humidor™ humidifiers, announce that ciqada will equip the Smart Humidor with its full suite of hardware and software, providing the underlying foundation for the Wi-Fi-enabled humidors. The Smart Humidor represents the second generation system for Cigar Oasis and ciqada after a remarkably successful release of the Wi-Fi module, website, and mobile apps for their Next Generation line of humidifiers in 2014.
Ciqada provides an integrated solution composed of hardware modules, cloud server, notification system, web interface and mobile apps to support the remote monitoring, humidity control, and alert notifications for the Smart Humidor. The Smart Humidor website and the mobile apps are customized via ciqada’s powerful API to bring a complete facelift, swifter response, and more user-friendly functionality to the smartphone user. “The Smart Humidor is just one example of how far-reaching the Internet of Things has advanced and we’re pleased to deliver a solution that offers quick access to internet-enabled devices”, said Geoff Engelstein, President of ciqada.
According to Albert Foundos, president and founder of Cigar Oasis, “Thanks to the two-way communication provided by ciqada, our Smart Humidor does not merely monitor and alert you of changes, but is unique in the cigar accessories market because you can actually control the humidity”.
Ciqada™ and Gainspan, an innovator in wireless connectivity solutions, also announce that the Gainspan GS2011MIZ module has been chosen for Wi-Fi communication within the ciqada module. According to Bob Kane, Director of Engineering at ciqada, “Gainspan’s GS1011M module was chosen for our first generation system for its integrated networking stack allowing us to focus on our core applications and develop solutions quickly. The GS2000-based module was the natural choice to upgrade our ciqada IoT platform for better performance, lower power, and better cost.”
Ciqada™, a division of Mars International, is focused on providing solutions for product developers to quickly, easily, and securely connect their products to the internet. Ciqada is a suite of hardware modules and software, including a cloud server, user dashboards, and mobile apps, which are fully integrated to provide remote control and monitoring capability and alert notifications for any device. Ciqada can be found in Internet of Things products such as humidors, garage doors, HVAC equipment, lighting systems, and pool & spa equipment in commercial, industrial, and consumer environments.
About Cigar Oasis
Cigar Oasis was developed in 1997 after an extensive marketing and research program to make a reliable, maintenance-free humidifier for cigars. It was introduced at the RTDA show in July 1998. In due time, by word of mouth and a lot of positive talk on cigar chat sites, it gained acceptance as the only truly reliable humidifier for serious cigar smokers. With a significant increase in volume came price reduction and now it enjoys the premier position as the humidifier of choice for the cigar devotee.
About GainSpan Corporation
GainSpan, a spinoff of the Intel Corporation, is an innovator and leader in semiconductor solutions for wireless connectivity for the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. GainSpan solutions let customers easily create connected products for the Connected Home, Smart Energy, healthcare/fitness, control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets and high-speed audio, video and security applications.