REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arrayent, Inc., the emerging leader in connected product platforms for consumer products, announced today that three major product brands, Whirlpool Corporation, Pentair, and First Alert, have chosen the Arrayent Connect™ Platform to power their forthcoming connected consumer products. These companies join Arrayent’s existing major brand customers, Monster Products, Mattel, Hunter Fan, LiftMaster, and Chamberlain which are already shipping connected products powered by the Arrayent Connect Platform.
A growing number of consumer product companies are bringing to market products that can be monitored and controlled by smartphone apps. Examples include the Hunter Fan Universal Internet Thermostat to save homeowners money, LiftMaster and Chamberlain MyQ-enabled garage door openers, gate operators, and light switches to help consumers feel more secure, and the Monster Products line of HTUPS (home theater uninterruptible power supplies) that can be serviced remotely by service technicians.
Before Arrayent, companies had to choose between commissioning expensive cellular M2M connectivity solutions (impractical for consumer products sold at retail) or their own IT departments to write the custom communications software necessary to provide two-way, low-latency, secure communications between the products and the smartphone app. Arrayent saw the opportunity to build a commercial platform that solved a common problem across a number of consumer brands that will be deploying millions of connected products a year.
“We are pleased to be able to say that Arrayent customers are the number one brands in their respective consumer product categories. These companies clearly see the connected product opportunity enabled by the mobile Internet. They have chosen to partner with Arrayent because we specialize in solving the technically challenging problem of delivering scalable, secure, low-cost connectivity,” said Shane Dyer, president and founder of Arrayent. Mr. Dyer went on to say, “These number one brands have extensively surveyed the landscape, and we are honored that they have selected the Arrayent Connect Platform to power their exciting connected product initiatives.”
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2011. Whirlpool brand recognizes that consumers lead busy, active lives and continues to create solutions that help consumers optimize productivity and efficiency in the home.
Warwick Stirling, Global Director of Energy and Sustainability, explained Whirlpool’s selection of Arrayent’s platform by saying, “There are companies that claim to have a low latency, scalable connectivity platform to connect consumer products to smartphone apps. Arrayent is delivering it.”
Pentair is global water, fluid, thermal management, and equipment protection partner with industry leading products, services, and solutions. With revenues of approximately $8 billion, Pentair employs 30,000 people worldwide and works with clients and partners on six continents. Pentair consumer brands include Berkeley, Flotec, Pentair, and Sta-Rite.
Bob Miller, Chief Financial Officer of Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, said, “We sought a communication platform that will support a wide range of Pentair Internet-connected products. The Arrayent Connect platform provides an economic enterprise-level solution for our entire Internet-connected residential product needs.”
First Alert is America’s most trusted home safety brand. The company is responsible for many home safety firsts and is committed to helping protect what matters most.
Mark Devine, SVP of Marketing, explained why his company chose Arrayent by saying, “Arrayent’s cloud service will enable us to offer a fully-featured connected safety product line at a very attractive price point.”
ABOUT ARRAYENT – The Arrayent (uh-RAY-ent) Connect Platform is used by consumer product companies to securely connect their products to web and smartphone applications at low cost, with a “just works” installation process. The cloud-based platform enables Arrayent’s customers to deliver a superior product experience and build connected-customer relationships that together maximize customer lifetime value. Arrayent customers are household name brands including Chamberlain, First Alert, Hunter Fan, LiftMaster, Mattel, Monster Products, Pentair, SALUS Controls and Whirlpool Corporation. Customers have called Arrayent “the Cisco of Small Things.” For more information, see www.arrayent.com.
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