SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Midea Group, a $21 billion manufacturer of consumer appliances and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, has selected the Ayla Networks Internet of Things (IoT) platform as its preferred overseas IoT cloud partner for all its connected HVAC products. One of China’s largest manufacturers and the #1 manufacturer in numerous market categories, Midea joins other Chinese top 10 HVAC manufacturers Hisense, TCL and Chonghong in using Ayla IoT technology and services for their connected products.
“The Ayla IoT platform now powers four of the top 10 HVAC manufacturers in China, which is powerful testimony to Ayla’s IoT leadership and market position,” said David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. “Midea is an enormously successful and future-thinking enterprise, and we look forward to helping them become a dominant player in the global smart home market.”
“Midea Group laid out its concept for the smart home a long time ago and has established Midea Smart Home Technology Co., Ltd., to focus on the development of that business,” said Li Qiang, general manager of Midea Smart Technology. “This cooperation with Ayla is a major step in the international expansion of Midea Group’s smart home business. As Midea’s third-party cloud platform partner for overseas markets, Ayla will join with Midea to create a globalized structure of intelligent services for smart homes.”
Midea Group’s relationship with Ayla Networks is through its Midea Smart Technology business unit. Established in 2014 under the name of Midea Smart Living Lab, Midea Smart Technology is working to integrate all Midea technologies and products lines to become a total solution provider for the smart home industry.
Midea Smart Technology’s M-Smart System supports diversified smart product inside the nearly 50-year-old Midea Group. In addition, Midea Smart Technology is building an M-Smart ecosystem that will provide smart products and solutions to a wide range of business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) enterprises. Already, Midea Smart Technology’s ecosystem includes Ali Cloud, Amazon, Huawei, IBM, LeTV, TCL, Tencent and Xiaomi.
About Ayla Networks
Ayla Networks empowers leading manufacturers by simplifying the inherent complexity of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling them to turn their products into smart connected systems and transform their businesses to compete in the game-changing world of connectivity. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla’s Agile IoT platform provides the flexibility and modularity to enable rapid changes to practically any type of device, cloud or app environment. Ayla Networks was named a 2015 Cool Vendor in the Internet of Things by Gartner, Inc. Ayla’s investors include 3NOD, Acorn Pacific, Ants Capital, Cisco, Crosslink Capital, the International Finance Corporation, Linear Venture, Mitsui, SAIF Partners, SJF Ventures and Voyager Capital. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.