Prodea Blog

June 7, 2016

How I Got There: Anousheh Ansari

“I think it’s absolutely critical to increase the number of women in technology. Women are underrepresented in technology-related jobs, especially in technical positions and at leadership levels. I think a lot of people—not just young girls—don’t fully understand what it means to be a computer scientist or a technologist nowadays, what people in those roles do day to day, and the impact they can have on society.”  
May 23, 2016

What you learn in space

Globally, Prodea’s customers—the company counts South Africa, Europe, South America, and the U.S among its markets—use its platform to connect household digital appliances for a seamless experience. The devices could be smart-anything—TVs, laptops, mobiles, tablets, or wearables—and could be built on any operating system. Ansari says Prodea will plug into the demand for in-home services, like monitoring health, expected to boom in the Internet of Things (IoT) era. “Consumers want a connected digital life. The devices you use need to talk to each other constantly.” READ MORE
April 29, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 8: Standards Evolve…But Not Much

We wish we could be optimistic about standards. Unfortunately connectivity standards in the home are diverging, not converging. In this case the abundance of standards is slowing down the market, not accelerating it. The noise generated of Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave, ULE, BLE-mesh, is creating confusion among Arrayent customers. Holding many companies off. The new generation of “thing talking to thing” (e.g. Smart TV recognizing Wi-Fi speakers in the back of a living room) efforts – Open Connectivity Foundation (the unification of OIC, Allseen and UPnP), Apple HomeKit, Nest Weave, Google Weave are confusing suppliers about a problem we don’t even […]
April 29, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 7: Insurance

Devices know a lot about their owners, and that information is quite valuable to insurance companies because it is accurate and personal. Progressive Insurance’s Snapshot® Program was one usage-based insurance products. Driving style is used to assess the risk of specific drivers, not based on their life style. This concept will evolve to “insurance on demand”, that is pay for insurance when the car is driven. Drivers that drive more, pay more. In the coming years, expect automobile insurance flat rate plans to go the way of hand crank starter and manual choke. On deck is home insurance. For years, […]
April 29, 2016

Things Go Better Cloud-to-Cloud: Arrayent Delivers EcoAdaptor™ for Nest

Arrayent April Newsletter: We all know that products become more valuable when they can interoperate with other products. Our longtime blog and newsletter readers know that Arrayent has been a big proponent of Cloud-to-Cloud as the immediate interoperability solution. It thus gives us great pleasure to announce delivery of Arrayent’s first commercially available EcoAdaptor™ that enables our customers to interoperate, Cloud-to-Cloud, with partner ecosystems “right out of the box.” Arrayent EcoAdaptor for Nest is already deployed and in production with a major brand’s iOS and Android apps (with more on the horizon). You can read press & analyst opinions at […]
April 26, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 6: Utility Rebates

It’s cheaper for an electrical utility to offer rebates to save energy than it is to build a new power plant. It’s far more effective for a municipal water district to incent saving water than to find new water sources and transport water. There have been numerous efforts by utilities to encourage industrial, agriculture and consumer clients to save water and energy. For consumers, this usually takes the form of WaterSense or Energy Star product rebate at time of purchase, or enrollment in a demand response program. Utilities are beginning to ask why should the fund these programs, when there is […]
April 18, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 5: Product Replenishment Creates New Market Opportunities

Reducing purchase friction is a big opportunity in IoT deployments. While automated product replenishment is as old as PC printer, purchase friction remains a big issue in getting consumers to buy replacement filters. Arrayent customers such as P&G Febreze Connect and Whirlpool Refrigerator apps already feature product consumable replenish reorder functionality in their mobile apps. Amazon Dash Replenishment Services, DRS offers to build reorder functionality right into product, such as Brita. More and more product companies think of connectivity, not a user feature, as the best advertising money can buy. Manufacturers will realize that there is no better situation in […]
April 5, 2016

Arrayent, The Power of EcoAdaptors, and Working with Nest

Today we announced the availability of our new EcoAdaptor for Nest. This is huge news for global brands and product companies that want to IoT-enable products and have those products work with other connected devices. It will enable interconnectivity among products and will help drastically reduce development and deployment time for Nest and the Works with Nest product certification process. Nest is a well-known and trusted brand in the IoT space. As a provider of home automation devices like thermostats, smoke detectors and security solutions, Nest is a major innovator in programmable, self-learning, sensor-driven, connected devices. The Arrayent EcoAdapter will […]
March 28, 2016

Arrayent CEO Cyril Brignone on Security and IoT Silos

A recent article in E-commerce Times highlights potential security issues that are caused when IoT products are not connected broadly. This negatively impacts the ability to share valuable information. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin sharing threat information with a small number of companies under the newly enacted Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.  In the article, Arrayent CEO Cyril Brignone explains how IoT silos prevent more information sharing. “The IoT is not consumer friendly,” he said. “Right now, all these IoT products are done in silos. Breaking those silos is key to the success […]
March 24, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 4: Connected Product Awareness Will Grow

Despite years of connected product end-caps featured at Lowe’s and Home Depot, we are constantly surprised by the general lack of awareness about connected products, even among Arrayent partners and prospective customers. The good news is that times are changing. Last year Target went beyond the end cap to launch the Target Open House, an Apple Store-like experience that walks consumers though hero moment use cases room by room, and hands-on tables to touch and feel the product and app. These connected products are visually appealing and have instant recognition with early-adopters, but it’s when they can be experienced real-time […]