Arrayent Blog

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 […]
July 23, 2016

iRobot CEO Colin Angle Says The “Consumer Internet of Things Is A Failed Promise.” Really?!

We recently ran across a video in which iRobot’s CEO and co-founder, Colin Angle, opines, “At this moment in time, the consumer Internet of Things—which is very different from the commercial Internet of Things—is somewhat of a failed promise.” Mr. Colin is not alone in his thinking. We’ve spoken to many consumer product company business leaders who believe the same thing. But the problem with these type of generalizations is that they overlook the companies that are doing it right and focus on the ones that are doing it wrong. The brands that are doing it right use connectivity to […]
July 21, 2016

SPIFFY is how we feel about Arrayent’s award nomination

Arrayent is deeply honored to be nominated by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley for their prestigious Service Provider Forum Recognition Award, or ‘SPIFFY.’ They recognized Arrayent as one of five “best investment opportunit[ies] within the mobile telecom sector.” The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley connects companies and individuals involved in the region’s Communications Technology industry with one another for business development, collaboration, and education. Winners of the 2016 SPIFFY awards will be announced on Day One of the annual TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections Summit, September 28th during the SPIFFY Awards ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. For details […]
July 19, 2016

Arrayent IoT Video Week: July 18 – 24

Arrayent IoT Video Week is here! We’ve chosen this week to scour the Internet for recent videos we think those who follow the Internet of Things will find important or interesting, or both. We are posting these every day this week in our social media feeds, but you can get to them all right here: Monday July 18 – IDC’s Simon Ellis tells what consumer products companies are doing in IoT: [link] Tuesday July 19 – Nest’s Tony Fadell on IoT and the home user experience: [link] Wednesday July 20 – Cool visualizations by visual FX artist Sorin Voicu that help tell complex IoT tech stories: […]
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 […]