Arrayent Blog

October 19, 2016

Connections That Make Sense for the Smart Kitchen

Musings from our visit to the 2016 Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, where the future of food and cooking was chopped, diced and puréed We recently attended the Smart Kitchen Summit, which brought together leaders in the category—all in conversations about the kitchen, food and the potential of technology to simplify lives, reduce waste, and help people make better decisions about what they cook and eat. The summit, created by industry commentator Michael Wolf, in one year’s time has grown to a standing room only affair for designers, CEOs, major appliance brands and up-and-coming startups. Here are the recurring messages […]
October 12, 2016

The Age of Smart Talking Interoperable Products

We are literally moving into the age of smart talking products, a new category of the Internet of Things given voice by the advent of Amazon’s Echo/Alexa, and now the newly introduced rival Google Home. And still to come, perhaps, an Apple Siri-enabled equivalent expected in the near future. The recent Google Home announcement drew a lot more attention to the emerging category, which has been called voice-activated or virtual personal assistants. In the lead-up to the Google announce-ment, market research firm Gartner predicted the VPA-enabled wireless speaker market will be a two-billion dollar business by 2020 – with 3.3% […]
September 1, 2016

Will HaaS Become The New SaaS?

WILL NEW BUSINESS MODELS DEFINE IOT’S FUTURE? Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Mims did an insightful piece on IoT technology adoption a couple of weekends ago, entitled The Internet of Things Is Here, and It Isn’t a Thing. Mims astutely assessed: “The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services.” We couldn’t agree more. We actually think HaaS (Hardware as a Service) will become the new SaaS (Software as a Service) and is the future of connected consumer products. As the article vocalized, and what we have been preaching to consumer brands for a long time, […]
August 26, 2016

IoT Business Decision: Build vs Buy IoT Platform

One of the biggest decisions facing consumer products companies undertaking development of connected products is whether to build their own IoT cloud or to adopt a commercially available IoT platform. Here are some thoughts to consider. More building blocks are available than ever before—from Amazon Web Services, IBM Watson IoT, Microsoft Azure, and others—enabling companies who have the understanding and expertise to assemble their own cloud-based IoT infrastructure. And, the websites of some building block companies make it sound like they offer an end-to-end connected product solution, but that is only true if you engage their professional services to build your own IoT […]
August 20, 2016

Connected Product Awareness Gets a Boost at Retail

Among the trends for 2016 that we predicted earlier this year was that Connected Product Awareness Would Grow. Now just after the mid-point of the year, we are beginning to see evidence that suggests consumer IoT products indeed are finally getting a boost in at least one critical venue: at retail. One indication of this happening can be seen at your local Best Buy. A year ago there were relatively few small in-store displays of IoT products to be found. Fast forward to today, and displays of smart lights, thermostats, video monitors, doorbells, and various other smart products abound in the […]
August 16, 2016

Consumer IoT Business Models: What We Can Learn From The Mobile Games Industry

A recent Wall Street Journal article “How Mobile Games Rake In Billions” offers consumer product brands much food for thought. The July 28 article by Sarah Needleman delved into the trend of ‘in-app’ purchases and how the mobile gaming industry is earning billions of dollars, 99¢ at a time. The revenue from mobile games, largely coming from purchases of virtual goods, is estimated to hit almost USD $37 billion this year. ‘CHEATS’ ARE THE NEW ‘WINS’ The term ‘in-app’ or ‘in-game’ refers to purchases that are made while a person is playing a game that they usually acquired for free. […]
August 12, 2016

Connected Products Costs Are Coming Down While The Need For Better Connected Products Is Only Going Up

GOOD NEWS: CONNECTED PRODUCTS JUST GOT CHEAPER We were pleased to announce a few days ago our support of low-cost, low-power Wi-Fi chips by Espressif Systems. The highly integrated low-power Espressif ESP8266EX Wi-Fi chip was specifically engineered to make connected products economically feasible in mobile devices, wearable electronics and other lower priced IoT applications. In collaboration with our systems integration partner in China, Axalent Solutions, we’re delighted to be rolling out the Arrayent/Espressif solution in our first customer implementations later this year in China. (see our news release). With this addition to our platform support, as our CEO Cyril Brignone pointed out […]
August 9, 2016

Arrayent and Axalent Partner with Espressif to Enable IoT Connected Products at Every Price Range

ARRAYENT AND AXALENT TO LAUNCH FIRST CUSTOMER ROLLOUTS WITH LOW-COST, LOW-POWER ESPRESSIF WI-FI CHIPS IN CHINA THIS YEAR REDWOOD CITY, CA and SHANGHAI, CHINA – AUGUST 9, 2016 – Arrayent, Inc., developer of the Arrayent Connect IoT (Internet of Things) platform chosen by the world’s most trusted consumer product brands, today announced support for low-cost, low-power Wi-Fi chips by Espressif Systems. Espressif, Arrayent and Axalent Solutions have collaborated to enable the Arrayent Connect Agent firmware stack on the Espressif ESP8266EX integrated Wi-Fi chip and are announcing plans for the first customer rollout of the Arrayent/Espressif solution later this year in China. […]
August 6, 2016

IoT Security for Consumer Brands – Beyond the Numbers

NUMBER ONE: In response to the growth of connected devices, Gartner projects the average security budget for IT (Information Technology), OT (Operational Technology), and IoT (Internet of Things) requirements will rise from less than one percent in 2015 to 20 percent in 2020. (Source: Gartner Newsroom) NUMBER TWO: RnRMarketResearch places the price tag on IoT security going from USD $7.90 billion in 2016 to $36.95 billion by 2021, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 36.1%. (Source: EETimes) Those are some pretty big numbers. But in fact they are only just that—numbers. What really matters for consumer brands? When it comes […]
July 27, 2016

Arrayent IoT Security Week: Jul 30 – Aug 4

In honor of the major cyber security conferences starting later this week in Las Vegas, this post will give you a sneak peek of ARRAYENT IOT SECURITY WEEK which will run in our social media feed starting Sunday, July 31st. We’ve scoured the Internet for recent stories about IoT security we think you’ll find important. The importance of IoT security is all the more reason why big consumer brands should partner with an IoT platform company that has 1) been delivering secure IoT solutions for enterprises for at least five years, 2) is focused on security and has gone through multiple security audits by 3rd-party cyber […]