SmartRG moving most of company to Portland
PORTLAND — SmartRG, a Vancouver company that develops networking technologies for the connected home, plans to open a new office in downtown Portland next week. And at an industry showcase in Germany this week, it introduced new Wi-Fi products based on Intel technology.SmartRG, which employs 65 altogether, will retain a 10-person office in Vancouver. But the majority of employees will move to the top floor of the nine-story Tiffany Center in Portland.SmartRG emerged five years ago from a Vancouver software company called ClearAccess, which sold to Cisco in 2012. That deal split the company in two, with Cisco taking the larger part of the business while 15 engineers taking the rest to form SmartRG and focus on home networking gateways.The connected home is a term for describing linked, computerized functions inside the home — such as music that plays across speakers in multiple rooms, connected lighting and home security, and energy management technology to control when heaters or air conditions go on and off.Chief executive Jeff McInnis said fast internet connections have opened new possibilities for household computing, making it possible to offload some computing tasks to the cloud – the industry’s term for large data centers full of powerful computers. That could enable cheaper, smaller devices in the home that still have robust capabilities.