Arrayent Blog

May 18, 2017

IoT Security Starts With People

This is the first in a series of Arrayent blog posts on IoT security. The series is written for employees of companies who sell connected products, especially those new to IoT. With this series, we hope to bring a basic level of awareness and understanding of key issues that face everyone who develops connected consumer products. We also hope to stimulate an ongoing dialog that helps move the conversation about connected products security forward. Preparing the workforce of a traditional product manufacturer that is facing the challenge of having Internet-connected products for the first time is fundamentally different than securing […]
May 17, 2017

What If We Don’t ‘WannaCry’?

Ransomware Cyberattacks are a Wake-Up Call to the IoT Industry. The global ransomware cyberattack called WannaCry affected over 230,000 computers running the Windows OS in more than 150 countries earlier this week. Although the USA was mostly spared, this has undoubtedly been a huge wake-up call across the tech industry. ‘Ransomware’ attacks involve the remote hijacking of computing devices by malware transmitted over the Internet that encrypt and threatens to destroy their data if ransom is not paid within a proscribed time period. Insidiously, the user is ‘enticed’ to pay the ransom within three days, after which the price doubles. […]
May 8, 2017

Connected Products Grace Mother’s Day Gift Lists Like Never Before

From Personal Assistants to Cooking and Cleaning Aids, Lifestyle Experts Recommend A Range of IoT Products to Give Her the Gift of Making Life Easier Market researchers have long assessed that the best Mother’s Day gifts are: quality time, spa time, and things homemade. But in a sign of how the times are changing, the number of tech—and specifically connected—products being advertised for Mother’s Day 2017 is telling. According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Mother’s Day has become the biggest day of the year for portable appliance sales. “Millions of people are looking to show their mothers how […]
April 28, 2017

Connected Robot Vacuums Sweep into Leading Spot Among Small Appliance Growth

In a nod to the future, new research shows consumers value cordless, rechargeable and robotic vacuum models, as evidenced by the traction gained by RoboVac apps. When global market researcher GfK revealed its top six growth categories in the small appliances at an IFA Global Press Conference in Lisbon last week, two floor-care products topped the list in first and second places: rechargeable ‘handstick’ vacuum cleaners and robotic vacuums. GfK estimated the global small appliance market grew 5% to €60 billion. Here’s how they assessed the top six fastest growing categories in the market: Rechargeable handstick vacuum cleaners: up by […]
April 26, 2017

Lifestyle Giants HGTV Network and Sunset Magazine Present Their Take On The Smart Home

According to Consumer Technology Association research released in January, 29 million smart home devices are projected to be sold this year—that’s up a whopping 63 percent from 2016. Still, most people at the vanguard of smart home product adoption are educated, affluent, and tech-savvy, so it’s a safe bet that there is an even larger population of consumers who will seek ideas, inspiration, and recommendations from trusted home lifestyle media sources, not just the tech press. It’s worth a look at the latest smart home prototypes being offered by lifestyle media giants HGTV and Sunset Magazine to gain insight on […]
April 19, 2017

The Battle for IoT Tech Talent Heats Up

This is the tenth and final post in our series taking a closer look at Arrayent Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 10: IoT in 2017…will see the battle over tech talent intensify as consumer product companies embrace IoT, and connected-product software expertise becomes a core requirement for every business. Our last, but certainly not least important prediction for 2017 was about the intensifying battle for IoT tech talent. This clamoring for ‘connected product people’ has only intensified since the beginning of the year. We made this prediction based on the number of consumer brands entering the connected products market […]
April 14, 2017

Digital Transformation in Business Operations

The ninth in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 9: IoT in 2017…will spur consumer brand manufacturers to take great strides towards digital transformation in their business operations. Connected products represent a radical change from ‘business as usual’ that has existed at manufacturing companies for well over a hundred years. As companies move beyond the mindset of connecting products just because they can, their focus is moving to sustainable connected product businesses and all that entails. What does it mean to have a direct channel to consumers that is ‘always on’? What can you learn […]
April 6, 2017

Cost-Justifying IoT Business Models

The eighth in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 7: IoT in 2017…will force connected products manufacturers to justify the cost of connectivity to their purchasers and themselves through new IoT business models. With the arrival of multiple low cost MCUs with onboard Wi-Fi, we are seeing more and more products with built-in connectivity. But the true cost of connecting and operating ‘always on’ connected products—while invisible—is not free. To drive this point home, think about who is called in the middle of the night when a number of products go offline? Or whose job […]
April 4, 2017

Service Providers Jockeying To Lead Smart Home Adoption

The seventh in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 7: IoT in 2017…will show a huge increase in connected products being purchased through trusted service providers, as these vertical players vie to take the lead in smart home ecosystems. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) nature of smart home product installations, compounded by the incompatible nature of many connected products and their ecosystems, has been the key factor in preventing mass adoption of smart home products to date. So who will ‘regular’ (i.e. non-techie) people trust to help get connected home products installed and ensure they all work […]
March 31, 2017

IoT Is Reshaping Retail And The Shopping Experience

The sixth in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 6: IoT in 2017…will negatively impact brick & mortar retailers through direct OEM-to-consumer marketing and re-ordering. This will pressure stores to effectively demonstrate new connected product shopping experiences…or die. More than half of retailers worldwide with above-average sales growth that were surveyed in 2015 believed the Internet of Things was poised to dramatically change the way companies do business within the next three years. We are now in 2017 and their predictions are being borne out with significant movement in, and impact of, IoT on retail. But […]