Arrayent Blog

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 […]
March 17, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 3: User Interface Moves Beyond the Mobile App

The Internet of Things is about a lot more than just turning things on and off through your smart phone. Convenience certainly is a major advantage, but so is security, peace of mind, and operating the various parts of your work and life with greater efficiency. Mobile apps are clearly major drivers in the growth of IoT, but the physical Web will use embedded tags to manipulate URLs and connect directly between the device and the Web.  Yet, there’s that old saying that applies in the current IoT environment: to a man with a hammer (in this case, a smartphone), […]
March 15, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 2: Low Cost Solutions Arrive

The numbers and projections point to massive growth in connected products. There is virtually no argument around this forecast, and even the casual observer is now well-aware of the potential to acquire and user Internet of Things products in their homes, cars and just about anywhere they work and live. One of the key ways to truly gauge success of a new market element is through adoption, and this year we expect to see lower cost connected products drive a huge increase in IoT product adoption. With this, IoT will truly become a key ingredient of in the technology market. […]
March 11, 2016

Arrayent IoT Predictions for 2016, Trend 1: Connectivity Gets Built In

Michael Eisner, the former CEO of Disney, once made the case for interesting design by saying, “You have to build it anyway. Why not make it beautiful?” Something similar could be said about consumer devices, since they are being built, why not just make them connected? Of course that all sounds good, but building connected products is not always an either/or proposition. When the opportunity is right, however, there is no doubt that connectivity opens new channels and markets for existing product manufacturers. Connectivity sets the expectation that products actually improve after initial purchase. This product improvement-in-place feature is enabled […]