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Connected World Awards Recognizes Synapse Wireless Lighting Solutions + Kathryn Caspar Named One of the 2015 Women of M2M

Synapse Collected World Awards Collage

We are proud to announce that Synapse has once again been recognized for their patented lighting solutions. Connected World Awards recognized Synapse for two lighting installations designed for our McWane Ductile facilities in Ohio and New Jersey which experienced a 63% and 78% energy savings, respectively.

The Synapse wireless control system includes motion sensors which will turn lights on and off as team members enter and leave an area. Another benefit is that supervisors can check whether the lights are on or off from their tablet and make changes immediately from home. As you can imagine, this results in a tremendous savings.

Congratulations, Synapse team! Great job!

Synapse's Kathryn Caspar - 2015 Women of M2M HonorWe are also extremely proud to announce that Synapse’s Kathryn Caspar was honored at the recent Connected World Awards as one of the 2015 Women of M2M. Kathryn was recently promoted from General Manager to Vice President of Lighting at Synapse.

Kathryn currently leads Synapse’s intelligent lighting solutions group and oversees all sales, distribution channels, and product development. She formerly worked 12+ years with Cooper Industries (Eaton) where she served as the Director of Marketing and Product Management and oversaw new product development, marketing communications, and B2B sales initiatives with customers such as Sears and She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the Synapse team.

Kathryn’s career includes consistent contributions to new product development with successful launch campaigns resulting in robust revenue growth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, as well a Master of Business Administration, both from Auburn University. In addition, she is a recipient of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Congratulations, Kathryn! We’re proud to have you as a member of the Synapse team.

Synapse Wins 2014 M2M Evolution loT Excellence Award

Synapse_Logo_GlossWe are pleased to announce that the Synapse Lighting Team has been recognized by TMC, a global, integrated media company, for their efforts and have been awarded the 2014 M2M Evolution IoT Excellence Award for the DIM-10.

The 2014 M2M Evolution IoT Excellence Award honors innovative products that support the availability of information being deduced, inferred and directly gathered from sensors, systems and anything else that is supporting better business and personal decisions.

Congratulations, Team Synapse!

Synapse Wireless to be Featured on The Peggy Smedley Show

Synapse's David Ewing on Peggy Smedley Show

Synapse’s own CTO, David Ewing, has been invited to participate on The Peggy Smedley Show, which will be broadcast live on Tuesday, November 18th at 12:15 pm CST.

As the voice of M2M and connected devices, The Peggy Smedley Show is an entertaining, yet fun, resource for listeners looking to understand the issues and challenges of implementing the newest technologies both in the workplace and at home. Broadcast live each Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT on, host Peggy Smedley brings her years of experience, knowledge, analysis, and sense of humor to each show. The Peggy Smedley Show features discussions with top-tech thinkers and newsmakers, offering in-depth analysis, while sharing the hottest connected-device stories and trends.

To listen live on Tuesday, please visit

Synapse on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Jimmy Kimmel
Thanks to a YouTube video, one of Synapse’s own, Phillip Slawinski (pictured below right), received a request from “Science Bob” Pflugfelder to bring his Tesla gun to California for a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Synapse's Phillip Slawinski (Jimmy Kimmel Live)Someone from the show had seen Phillip’s YouTube video and wanted to feature the Tesla gun on the show.

We were also very excited to see them use an Amerex fire extinguisher during this segment! Synapse and Amerex – two leaders in their industry! (See the Amerex extinguisher at 2:35; the Tesla experiment begins around 6:30 with Phillip making an appearance around 6:50!)

For those who missed seeing the show last night, you can watch it below.

Congratulations, Phillip! We’re proud to have you as a member of our team.

VOTE for Synapse Wireless!

Synapse Wireless, Inc. and Shoals Technologies have been nominated for the Solar Industry Awards 2014 within the “Systems Integration Award” category for their SolarSNAP Wireless Monitoring Tool.

Entry was selected by the panel of judges from the global solar industry who thought that the product deserved recognition because of its innovative live access monitoring of PV Installations.

The voting has begun and closes on September 6, which gives almost exactly two weeks to get those votes in!
Vote Here:

Note: In order to submit your vote, you will need to complete the entire ballot – not just the one category Synapse are nominated in. You may only vote once.

Kudos to the entire Synapse Solar team for all their hard work! Not only is this a great testament their commitment to their work, but it truly solidifies the greatness behind the Synapse partnership with Shoals, and their ability to develop products that are revolutionizing the solar industry.

Synapse Wireless is a McWane Company.

Synapse Kicks Off Summer with Team Picnic

Synapse recently held a picnic for team members over the Memorial Day weekend. The event was held in a field behind the Synapse offices in Huntsville, Alabama, and approximately 120 people attended the event (families included, of course).

A very competitive game of corn hole was held as well as lots of activities for the kids. During the event, the kids also put together goody baskets for the local St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and collected donations that went towards Manna House, a local food bank.

It was a great day and a wonderful way to kick off the summer!

Synapse Wireless and Shoals Technologies Unveils Snapshot Wireless Solar PV Monitoring Solution


Synapse Wireless, a specialist in wireless solutions that empower the Internet of Things (IoT), and Shoals Technologies Group, a manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) Balance of Systems (BoS) components, unveiled their Snapshot Wireless Solar PV Monitoring Solution in booth 9611 at Intersolar North America.

The Snapshot Wireless PV Monitoring system is designed to optimize plant performance and reduce O&M costs.

With the ability to monitor output down to the string level, this cloud-based solution delivers a host of advantages, including: superior analytics, decision support tools, real-time system alerts, and integrated work order management. Snapshot’s intuitive user interface is optimized for mobile devices as well as PCs for anytime, anywhere insight into solar plant efficiency and output.

Phoenix Solar, a specialist in designing, building and operating large commercial and utility-scale solar power plants, is working with Synapse and Shoals to implement the Snapshot solution.

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Synapse Wireless Technology Helps American Airlines

“Our ramp personnel are protected from lightning, and it’s all due to Synapse’s monitoring and control wireless mesh network technology.”

All that was required was the ability to flash some lights to alert airline personnel working outdoors as to the possibility of imminent lightning strikes. With lives at stake, delays were unacceptable. Nothing seemed capable of addressing the situation’s unique requirements until Synapse Wireless came to the rescue with its easy-to-deploy, wireless control and monitoring mesh network technology.

Located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas, with six runways, multiple terminals, and numerous buildings covering over 18,000 acres, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) is the second largest airport in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. Now, Texas is known for extremely violent thunderstorms that roll across the state and that often produce a lot of lightning and hail.

For many years, American Airlines predominantly resided in terminals A and C. Over the course of time, all of the systems in these terminals were fine-tuned to best meet their exacting requirements and standards. However, due to some recent changes American Eagle (a sister company to AA) relocated to Terminal B and the existing equipment could not be expanded to alert the employees of the danger.

“With the help of Synapse, we had a fully-functioning system in place well before the storm season commenced. Our ramp personnel are protected from lightning, and it’s all due to Synapse’s monitoring and control full-mesh wireless networking technology.”

As fate would have it, while “cruising the Internet” looking for possible solutions, the Manager of the Engineering and Technical support team came across Synapse Wireless, who seemed to have the ideal technology in the form of their Synapse RF Engine modules.

Small, light, and with extremely small power requirements, Synapse RF Engine modules have up to a 3-mile range. As soon as a group of these modules are powered up, they immediately self-form into a full mesh wireless control and monitoring network. Thus, all that was required was to install one Synapse RF Engine module close to the flashing light over which American Airlines did have control, and to use this to transmit signals to additional modules located at the other gates, where these modules could control the “slave” warning lights.

The end result was to have a fully-functioning system in place well before the storm season commenced. Although the ramp personnel probably don’t know (or care) how “the magic” was achieved, they are doubtless more than happy to know that American Airlines “has their back covered” with regard to protecting them from lightning, and it’s all due to Synapse’s monitoring and control full-mesh wireless networking technology.


Synapse is a proud member of the McWane Family of Companies.

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