Arrayent Blog

March 23, 2017

Announcing the Arrayent A4 Program eBook: Four Steps to IoT Business Transformation

How can companies that have achieved world-class consumer products brands transform to be just as adept at developing and operating a network of connected products that are always-on? At CES 2017, Arrayent began publicly sharing its proven, but previously undisclosed ‘secret sauce’ and how it has has helped major corporations succeed with their IoT programs. That secret sauce is called the Arrayent A4™ Program – Four Steps to IoT Business Transformation. The A4 Program has now been summarized in an eBook that is available for immediate online download here. The eBook outlines the A4 Program framework of best practices and guiding […]
March 21, 2017

The Rise Of The CIO As Product Leader

The fifth in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 5: IoT in 2017…will show brand manufacturers placing CIOs into prominent product oversight roles because of the focus on IoT data. Data is the key to deriving business intelligence value that will ultimately enhance product experiences and create new services to benefit consumers and expand business opportunities. Currently less than a third of companies are actually analyzing data gathered to create actionable insights, according to Forrester Research. But this is changing and most indicators point to the CIO as the business leader being tapped to lead the […]
March 17, 2017

Security: The IoT Industry Will Up Its Game in 2017

The fourth in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 4: IoT in 2017…will demonstrate the IoT industry is upping their collective game with security becoming of paramount importance. Headline-making incidents like the botnet that took over unsecured webcams and DVRs to generate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks last fall tripped an industry-wide alarm about security. Quite simply: every device—no matter how banal—increases privacy and security concerns when connected through the Internet. And even though FDR counseled we have nothing to fear but fear itself, fear itself won’t secure these devices. IOT SECURITY IS A PHILOSOPHY Lack of […]
March 15, 2017

Arrayent Announces Support for TI’s New SimpleLink Wi-Fi Wireless Microcontroller

We are delighted today to announce support for the new low-power, low-cost Texas Instruments SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3220 wireless microcontroller (MCU). The new addition to TI’s CC3x20 family for customers developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications was announced today in conjunction with the Embedded World exhibition and conference in Nuremberg, Germany. The new microcontroller is built on a novel architecture that supports firmware and secure cloud communications on a single chip. It also includes embedded security features—such as secure storage, cloning protection, secure boot and networking security—to help protect IoT devices from intellectual property and data theft and other risks. Like the […]
March 14, 2017

‘Interoperability’ Is The New ‘Smart’

The third in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 3: IoT in 2017…will show that consumers are looking for interoperability with other connected products before they purchase a new ‘smart’ home product—and not under the umbrella of any industry standard. Business Intelligence, the research arm of Business Insider, recently reported: “The largest barrier (to smart home product adoption) is technological fragmentation within the connected home ecosystem. Currently, there are many networks, standards, and devices being used to connect the smart home, creating interoperability problems and making it confusing for the consumer to set up and control […]
March 8, 2017

Febreze Home Hackathon Draws 100+ Bay Area Developers Who Created Multisensory Experiences

Developers were Challenged to #HacktheScent at the #FebrezeHome Hackathon. They Designed Innovative Experiences and Took Home over $10,000 in Prizes. FIRST-EVER HACKATHON FOR CONNECTED AIR FRESHENERS Twenty-four stellar teams, composed of over 100 developers, entrepreneurs, designers and students competed in this past weekend’s first ever Febreze Home Hackathon, sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The ‘hackers’ ranged in experience from Silicon Valley veteran developers to middle and high school students. Most of the participants had never met before and coalesced into teams after the hackathon began Saturday morning. P&G’s first-ever hackathon was co-sponsored by Arrayent, Google, Nest, Amazon Alexa, and Xerox […]
February 22, 2017

Open Mic in Smart Homes: A Privacy Wake-up Call

The second in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 2: IoT in 2017…will foment a wake-up call for more privacy and security control as millions of homes now have an Internet connected, always-on ‘open mic’ with Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest Cam, and other entrants yet to emerge. A SPY IN YOUR HOME When authorities went to investigate the murder of Arkansas man, who had been found dead in his hot tub at the end of November, they discovered that an unusual witness may have been present at the crime: an Amazon Echo. Prosecutors in […]
February 16, 2017

Voice Control Takes Charge of the Smart Home

The first in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 1: IoT in 2017…will continue the trend of voice control ruling the smart home, but it will also start an epic battle between digital assistants. VOX POPULI, VOX POPULAR! There is widespread agreement in the industry that voice will become a leading user interface to control smart home products. Although Siri from Apple debuted in 2011, Google Now in 2012, and Microsoft Cortana in 2014, the Amazon Echo personal assistant with its Alexa voice interface has captured the hearts, minds, and arguably the leading position within the […]
February 1, 2017

IoT in 2017 Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions

What will be the biggest trends in technology, product categories, solutions, services, business models and other issues impacting consumer IoT in 2017? As the leading global consumer IoT platform provider, we at Arrayent wanted to share the Top 10 trends we are eyeing for IoT in 2017. 1. IoT in 2017 …will continue the trend of voice control ruling the smart home, but it will also start an epic battle between digital assistants. At CES 2017 it seemed that almost every booth was demonstrating Amazon’s Echo with Alexa digital assistant controlling one gadget or another. However, it’s still the early […]
January 23, 2017

IoT Devices 2016: A Retrospective

The start of the New Year is always a good time to look ahead while taking stock of the year just passed. CES 2017 is now behind us, and if there was one overall feeling we took away from Las Vegas, it was that many consumer brands who have not launched IoT devices are finally getting off their good intentions and starting serious discussions about creating connected product programs. That is excellent news for Arrayent, for consumer product manufacturers, and ultimately for consumers. But before we race forward with the next series of predictions for IoT devices, let’s look back and […]