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  • Sunsea Investment and Partnership Poises Ayla for Dominance in China

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Sep 11, 2017

    Ayla has fostered in a global view of IoT since the early days of the company. Based in Silicon Valley, we have always had a strong presence in North America as we built out our business.

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  • Why a Customer Success Organization is Crucial in IoT PaaS

    Posted by Chitra Madhwacharyula on Aug 22, 2017

    Chitra Madhwacharyula, Ayla's Director of Customer Success & Education, talks about the importance of education and consulting in the IoT space.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 19 - What IoT Data Points are Most Valuable Post Product Launch?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Aug 16, 2017

    Hi Ayla, What IoT data from a new connected product is most valuable following launch and during full production?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 18 - How Can IoT Data be Used During Product Field Trials?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Aug 9, 2017

    Hi Ayla, How do I use IoT data during field trials of my product?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 17 - What IoT Data is Crucial During Product Development?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Aug 3, 2017

    Hi Ayla, What use is IoT data when I'm developing a connected product?

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  • Recap of Cisco Live 2017: Superheroes of IT Unite!

    Posted by Rod McLane , Justin Ruiz on Jul 14, 2017

    Cisco called all “Superheroes of IT” to meet in Las Vegas at the end of June for the 2017 Cisco Live conference, and Ayla Networks was among the “caped crusaders” of the Cisco ecosystem in attendance.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 16 - What is Ayla's Integration with AWS Greengrass?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jun 14, 2017

    Hi Ayla, Whats the latest on your relationship with AWS and their announcement of Greengrass?

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  • Survey Says... Where Might the IoT Be Headed?

    Posted by aylanetworks on May 24, 2017

    This is the final installment in a 5-part series on Ayla Network’s IoT survey on the “Biggest Opportunities and Challenges of IoT-Enabled Products and Services.”

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  • Join Us at CONNECTIONS: the Premier Connected Home Conference

    Posted by aylanetworks on May 18, 2017

    Ayla’s Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, and Rod McLane, Senior Director of Marketing, will be among the industry executives discussing investment and growth opportunities for the smart home and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference.

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  • Survey Says... Top Considerations for IoT Evaluation and Development

    Posted by aylanetworks on May 3, 2017

    This is the fourth installment in a 5-part series on Ayla Network’s IoT survey on the “Biggest Opportunities and Challenges of IoT-Enabled Products and Services.”

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  • Survey Says... Taking a Mixed Approach to IoT Development

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 21, 2017

    This is the third installment in a 5-part series on Ayla Network’s IoT survey on the “Biggest Opportunities and Challenges of IoT-Enabled Products and Services.”

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  • Could Insurance Be a Lever for Smart-Home Product Acceptance?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 12, 2017

    Here’s something for makers of Internet of Things (IoT) products to ponder: A majority of American homeowners might be willing to invest in smart-home products to get discounts on property insurance.

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  • Survey Says...Maybe Jumping into the IoT is a Good Bet

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 10, 2017

    This is the second installment in 5-part series on Ayla Network’s IoT survey on the “Biggest Opportunities and Challenges of IoT-Enabled Products and Services.”

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 15 - What Makes a Smart Home 'Smart'?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 7, 2017

    Hi Ayla, What makes a smart home ‘smart’—and how do you design products for that market?

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  • Survey Says... A Snapshot of the IoT

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 31, 2017

    This is the first installment in 5-part series on Ayla Network’s IoT survey on the “Biggest Opportunities and Challenges of IoT-Enabled Products and Services.”

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  • Selling Connected-Home Products: Ayla-Sponsored Parks Associates Workshop March 21 at San Francisco Airport Hotel

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 20, 2017

    More than 26 million U.S. households own at least one smart-home device – an impressive increase of 35 percent since the beginning of 2016.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 14 - What is the ROI for Companies Pursuing IoT Projects?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 17, 2017

    Hi Ayla, We’re embarking on an IoT project. How can we be sure the benefits of the project will outweigh the costs? What is the ROI for an IoT project?

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  • Congrats to Hampton, Big Award Winner at 2017 NAHB International Builder Show

    Posted by aylanetworks on Feb 9, 2017

    The Brink’s Home Security ARRAY smart lock from Hampton Products International was awarded “Best Indoor Living Product” at the International Builders’ Show (IBS), held in Orlando in January. ARRAY was chosen from among more than 400 entries in nine categories. 

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 13 - What Issues are Associated with Developing Connected HVAC Products?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 30, 2017

    Hi Ayla, As an HVAC manufacturer, are there any special issues I should be aware of when developing connected HVAC products?

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  • Recap of CES 2017: Are We (Smart) Home Yet?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 17, 2017

    Emerging from the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, we wondered, “Are manufacturers introducing anything that isn’t an IoT product?” As Stacey Higginbotham, CEO of Stacey on IoT, put it so succinctly, “At CES 2017, the concept of ‘put a chip in it’ was apparent everywhere.”

    In the smart home segment of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, we observed huge growth just since last year. As in past years, Ayla Networks had a booth in the CES Smart Home zone. Last year’s Smart Home section felt like a small island in an enormous sea of exhibits; the CES 2017 Smart Home area took up half a floor at the Las Vegas Sands Hotel.

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  • Ayla and Cambridge Sound Management Aim to Break a New Kind of Sound Barrier

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 6, 2017

    You probably don’t associate the colossal Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a good night’s sleep. But if Cambridge Sound Management and Ayla Networks have their way, that’s exactly the association you’ll make.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 12 - How Big is Big? The IoT Market

    Posted by aylanetworks on Dec 14, 2016

    Hi Ayla, Everyone knows the Internet of Things is big and getting bigger. Are there specific industry numbers that I can use to help structure my business plan for 2017 and beyond?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 11 - What Can Manufacturers do to Protect Themselves Against DDoS Attacks?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Nov 15, 2016

    Hi Ayla, Besides pleading with end users to change the passwords on their various IoT devices, what can manufacturers do to prevent their products from being hacked and used in DDoS attacks?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 10 - What are the Hot Trends in IoT?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 28, 2016

    Hi Ayla, What are the IoT issues keeping smart-home product manufacturers up at night? We’ve been all over the world this year talking with manufacturers about the Internet of Things and connected-home products. Here are five of the hot topics of 2016: 1) To DIY or Not to DIY Traditional appliance companies transitioning connected-home products are facing the question, “Do we hire in-house experts and build our own IoT solution? Or do we work with an IoT solution provider?”

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  • We’re All Responsible for Good IoT Security

    Posted by Adrian Caceres on Oct 26, 2016

    On Friday morning (21 October 2016), there was a massive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on a DNS (Domain Name System) provider, which caused many websites to become unreachable. The cyberattack has been labeled an IoT-based attack. I thought I would elaborate on it and share some thoughts on what manufacturers and we, as consumers, need to do to prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 9 - What are the Implications of Voice in the IoT?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 24, 2016

    Hi Ayla, It seems like every week I read about another voice-controlled "virtual personal assistant" entering the market. What does this mean for those of us manufacturing connected home products? Is voice the holy grail for the IoT?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 8 - What Role Are Mobile Applications Playing in the World of IoT?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 19, 2016

    Hi Ayla, We have a limited budget for developing a connected product. How important is having a slick mobile app to control it? Shouldn’t we focus on making our actual IoT product as great as it can be, rather than spending too much on what’s essentially an add-on capability?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 7 - Where Are The IoT Industry Standards?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 14, 2016

    Hi Ayla, When will the IoT marketplace get its act together and agree on some clear standards? As manufacturers, we’re afraid that the connected products we’re building now won’t be compliant with whatever standards get adopted in the future - and we’re sure that lack of standards is making many consumers wary of buying IoT products.

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  • What’s Cooking in the Kitchen of the Future? IoT Devices, of Course!

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 10, 2016

    FirstBuild, a global co-creation community backed by GE Appliances (a Haier company) put on the event, and Ayla’s partner Renesas provided its development kit and Ayla’s IoT cloud solution. A four-person team from Ayla went to the event to provide development and support to the teams using the Renesas/Ayla solution.

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  • Some IoT Mobile App Trends for Smart Home Manufacturers to Consider

    Posted by Oliver Cockcroft on Oct 7, 2016

    When manufacturers look at their smart home device for the Internet of Things, they see the complete product and all its capabilities—and probably view the mobile app as almost an afterthought. But in consumers minds, the mobile app they use to control a smart home product is that product

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 6 - Is Interoperability Possible in an Ever Changing World?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 3, 2016

    Hi Ayla, Everyone talks about "interoperability" as a major component in successfully rolling out the Internet of Things. As a manufacturer of a connected product, how do I wrap my brain around creating interoperability when everything is constantly changing?

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  • September and October Webinars - What Manufacturers Need To Know Before Creating 'Connected Home' Products

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 27, 2016

    Creating connected home appliances requires more than just embedding a wireless chip or adding a sensor to an existing product. Manufacturers must clearly define use cases and additional services, prioritize security and privacy, design for usability, configurability and scale, add value, and differentiate their connected product.

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  • Showing off IoT at IFA 2016 - Ayla Demonstrates IoT Platform with Chinese Customers Changhong, Midea, TCL

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 21, 2016

    In 1924, who would have imagined that the venue once known as the Berlin Radio Show would in 2016 attract 1500 consumer electronics exhibitors, and 240,000 visitors to see products and services straight out of science fiction?

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  • Smart Summit London’s Smart Pub Crawl: Tradition with a Modern Twist - Walking from pub to pub and toward the IoT future

    Posted by Wendy Toth on Sep 19, 2016

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a 21st century technology. So what does it mean that the September 21-22 Smart Summit London—which brings together decision makers to discuss the impact of IoT on homes, cities and industries—is weaving its Smart Summit: After Hours “smart pub crawl” through a bunch of mostly 19th century buildings?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 5 - How Do You Make Use of the IoT Data?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 16, 2016

    Hi Ayla, What are some ways that the data generated by IoT products can help enhance a smart home experience?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 4 - How do you Leverage the Data in IoT?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 12, 2016

    Dear Ayla, How do we leverage the data from our smart product without having to invest in that capability?

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 3 - What is the Future of the IoT?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 9, 2016

    Dear Ayla, How can I design my connected product for the future when no one really knows what the future of the IoT is?

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  • How IoT Is Changing The Face Of Physical Security

    Posted by Ralph Goodman on Sep 7, 2016

    Standardization of security measures for the IoT is impractical, if not impossible, due to the incredible diversity of products connecting to the IoT, all with varying security needs. For instance, securing a connected water heater or thermostat is quite different from securing a connected baby monitor or fitness tracker.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 2 - What About Security?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 2, 2016

    You are right to have security on your mind. Coping with the complex and fast-changing security demands of a connected product is one of the main issues facing manufacturers in the IoT today, and it’s one of the areas consumers are most concerned about. Given that, security strategies must be included from the outset of your design process.

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  • Ask Ayla - Question 1 - Why Not DIY?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Aug 29, 2016

    We applaud your initiative and empathize with your goals and desires. But here’s the harsh truth about the IoT: It is so much more complex than you can possibly envision. Unless you’ve already done a few large-scale IoT implementations, there’s simply no way you will figure out all the possible pitfalls in time to avoid them.

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  • Heads Up: Prepare Now for New EU Data Privacy Regulations -  Part Two - Helping Customers Comply

    Posted by Craig Payne on Aug 26, 2016

    This is Part Two on EU Data Privacy Regulations and our conversation with Craig Payne, Security and Privacy Officer at Ayla, to highlight some things you need to know as the 2018 GDPR deadline approaches.

    In Part One, Payne explained what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)is, who is subject to it, what the fines are for violating it and when it goes into effect (May 25, 2018).

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  • Heads Up: Prepare Now for New EU Data Privacy Regulations -  Part One - Demystifying the GDPR

    Posted by Craig Payne on Aug 17, 2016

    As if data privacy rules and regulations weren’t complicated enough already, the European Union has adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on May 25, 2018. Be forewarned that the fines for violating the GDPR are substantial, and ignorance of the regulation is not a defense.

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  • Why Your IoT Solution Needs an Application Enablement Platform

    Posted by Dima Tokar, Co-Founder & CTO at MachNation on Jul 5, 2016

    IoT solutions are comprised of lots of technology components including hardware devices, connectivity, middleware and application layers. At its core, an IoT solution like fleet management, remote asset tracking, smart electric meters, and smart buildings facilitates the delivery of IoT data to applications. While there are many ways to link IoT devices to applications, one of the best ways is by using an IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP).

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  • Eliminating the Confusion: MachNation Defines the Five Types of IoT Platforms

    Posted by Dima Tokar, Co-Founder & CTO at MachNation on Jun 28, 2016

    The IoT platform space has continued to grow into one of the most critical technology sectors of the Internet of Things (IoT). According to MachNation forecasts, the combined worldwide revenues of IoT platforms that are described in this blog will be USD 9.3 billion in 2016, growing to USD 214.0 billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42% over the period. MachNation has written extensively about the importance of selecting proper IoT middleware – especially an IoT AEP – to ensure the secure and efficient collection, analysis and delivery of IoT data.

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  • Jetsons, here we come! Ayla announces C round of funding

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jun 27, 2016

    Ayla was born just about six years ago in my kitchen.  We had a theory that the Internet was on the verge of expanding to connect "things," and we saw a massive opportunity for a platform providing IoT software and services.  Moore's Law, smartphones, infrastructure as a service and the massive rise of IP networking were all coming together to make the timing feel right.  

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  • Investing in an IoT Service Platform Vs. Building Your Own

    Posted by Sandrine Chaumette on Jun 13, 2016

    The scalability and technical expertise are the fundamental building blocks of designing and implementing any IoT solution. However, as end users become more aware of the Internet of Things, their expectations for higher quality services are evolving at a rapid pace where “Do-it-Yourself” (DIY) solutions are not able to keep up. 

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  • The security nightmare: Do you have a clue?

    Posted by Sandrine Chaumette on May 19, 2016

    At Disrupt New York 2016, panelists, Nate Cardozo, Marten Mickos, discussed how well manufacturers were performing with respect to making their IoT devices secure. The big question posed was a tough one: Is confidential consumer information secure?

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  • Keys to Success in the IoT and Smart Home Market

    Posted by aylanetworks on May 10, 2016

    In a recent “Smart Home Monetization” webinar, Michael Wolf, founder and Chief Analyst of NextMarket Insights, outlined the major foundational technology shifts of the past decade that paved the way to the IoT and smart home market. The five foundational technology shifts he identified are:

    • Broadband as a platform
    • Moore’s Law
    • The low cost of connectivity
    • Emergence of the cloud
    • Business model innovation

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  • Cypress and Broadcom: A Powerful Force in IoT Market Under One Roof

    Posted by aylanetworks on May 2, 2016

    The news that Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines for $550 million prompted Ayla Network’s CEO and co-founder Dave Friedman to comment that the “IoT requires seamless, simple integration between MCUs, sensors, best in class networking, and integrated software and services. So, Cypress' acquisition of Broadcom's IoT business will put the hardware and firmware components under one roof, making a powerful force in the market.”

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  • LockState Uses a ‘Goldilocks’ Approach to Choosing an IoT Platform

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 20, 2016

    When LockState decided in 2011 to evolve its traditional keyless locks and safes into connected access control systems, CEO and Founder Nolan Mondrow knew it would be a daunting process.

    “We understood the difficulty and risks involved with designing and manufacturing connected door locks,” Nolan said. “We’re not specialists in everything needed, especially in security at the networking, cloud, and mobile app levels.”

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  • Chasm Crossing with the IoT

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 19, 2016

    Companies that succeed in IoT will be those that cross the chasm toward mainstream acceptance through rigorous attention to quality. Imagine the challenge of launching a technology product that has to work on Windows, Mac, iOS, and various Android variants. Now multiply that complexity by 1 billion. That's the challenge manufacturers face in the coming age of the Internet of Things.

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  • Repeating the Past: Different this Time?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 11, 2016

    Humans have a natural tendency to draw on the past to explain and interpret the present – and predict the future.

    To predict where the IoT is headed, it’s helpful to look to past trends, to see how other markets “crossed the chasm”—in Geoffrey Moore’s terms—from early adoption to more mainstream acceptance.

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  • To measure is to Know: Lord Kelvin and the IoT

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 8, 2016

    What’s the connection between the Internet of Things and Lord Kelvin, the 19th-Century physicist best known for creating the absolute temperature scale? It’s the idea that if you can measure something, you can improve it.

    Lord Kelvin spent his illustrious career creating instruments to measure everything from electrical currents to oceanic depths and tides. He would surely have appreciated the potential for IoT measurement and analysis.

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  • Getting a BBQ-Flavored Taste of the IoT

    Posted by Mark Wright on Mar 25, 2016

    On March 17-19 several of my Ayla Networks colleagues and I weathered rain, sunshine, terrific oysters and some of the best BBQ ever at the Hearth, Patio and BBQ Expo in New Orleans—all in an effort to promote cloud IoT. Wait, what does IoT and cloud have to do with BBQ???!

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  • The Power of Mobile in IoT – 1 of 2 – The Challenge

    Posted by Justin Ruiz on Mar 17, 2016

    This blog comes in a two part series; outlining the challenges and solutions to solving what might be the most crucial component in the success of any connected product, the mobile application.

    The Internet of Things is changing the way consumers interact with their devices, presenting both an opportunity and a challenge for traditional device manufacturers.  Historically, the only interactions a consumer had with a manufacturer, or its brand, were confined to that single moment in time in which the end user was actually using the device -- the manufacturer’s brand was tied directly to the hardware, limiting their amount of “face” time with the customer.  However, IoT changes all of that, giving a manufacturer’s brand a new “face” and brings the primary interaction point right to the palm of the consumer’s hand, no matter where they are or what they are doing.

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  • Where Is The Gold In The Smart Home IoT Market?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 15, 2016

    “There’s gold in them thar hills,” is the famous quote describing the California Gold Rush and 49ers. Today, companies talk about the smart home market as being a gold mine. But where is that gold located, exactly?

    Wendy Toth, Ayla Network’s vice president of marketing, will be speaking about the smart home market and Internet of Things (IoT) data analytics at the upcoming Smart Home Summit in Frankfurt, Germany, April 6-7. She’ll provide the beginnings of a treasure map showing how to find smart home gold, which lies in the data generated by connected products.

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  • Ayla Moves into its New Home

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 11, 2016

    Within this past year, Ayla Networks has more than doubled its employee headcount, and our growing staff needed more room to work.

    This past weekend, Ayla moved into a new, bigger headquarters located at 4250 Burton Drive in Santa Clara, near Intel Corp. headquarters, the Great America theme park and Levi’s Stadium. We now have over 27,000 square feet of office space on the first floor of a two-story building.

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  • Ayla Insights’ IoT Data Analytics Service Wins 2015 IoT Excellence Award

    Posted by Rod McLane on Mar 7, 2016

    Ayla Networks recently won a 2015 IoT Excellence Award for Ayla Insights, the IoT data analytics and business intelligence service for Ayla’s IoT platform. Sponsored by TMC and Crossfire Media, the 2015 IoT Excellence Award honors innovative products that support the availability of information being deduced, inferred and directly gathered from sensors, systems and anything else that is supporting better business and personal decisions.

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  • Attention IoT Manufacturers: Prepare to Test, and Test, and Test

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Feb 26, 2016

    The Internet is expanding, and it now seems inevitable that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be huge. Like the PC and mobile markets before it, the IoT has all the right technologies in place to emerge as the next massive market worldwide.

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  • AHR 2016 Shows How Far the IoT Has Come

    Posted by Justin Ruiz on Feb 11, 2016

    The 2016 AHR Expo took place just a couple of weeks after CES 2016, but the two shows couldn’t be more different in look and feel. CES is all about who can out-dazzle whom to wow consumers with the latest and greatest technologies. The AHR Expo, billed as the world’s largest HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) marketplace, is a professional trade show, with more emphasis on proven solutions.

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  • Ayla’s Customers are Winners—Literally!

    Posted by Rod McLane on Feb 10, 2016

    Ayla Networks is honored to have a stellar group of customers, who are leveraging our IoT platform technology to create products that highlight the value and the promise of the IoT.

    That’s why it’s especially sweet when the world at large publicly acknowledges our customers’ work—which has happened with three of them recently.

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  • Cisco’s Jasper Acquisition Further Validates the IoT

    Posted by Bill Podrasky on Feb 5, 2016

    February 3’s announcement that Cisco had acquired Jasper Wireless for $1.4 billion is good news for IoT.

    As our CEO Dave Friedman will tell you, the next frontier of the Internet is "things." And just like Google's acquisition of Nest provided great value in the consumer space, Cisco's acquisition of Jasper is a statement of IoT value in the enterprise.

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  • 2016 Trend: IoT is Coming of Age

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Feb 4, 2016

    Just over six years ago, a couple of us started Ayla Technologies — in my kitchen. Back then, an article about the Internet of Things might appear every six months or so. The IoT was definitely not a “hot” segment for investors, and the term “Internet of Things” was more likely to be met with questions than enthusiasm.

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  • The IoT Disappearing Act: What Magic and Groundhogs have in common with IoT

    Posted by aylanetworks on Feb 3, 2016

    What do Las Vegas magic acts, famous seasonal forecaster Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have in common? All have a certain “now you see it, now you don’t” quality.

    For the magic acts, it’s all about magicians’ sleight of hand in making things seem to disappear and reappear at will. For Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, it’s his shadow that may or may not appear on February 2 of any given year. For the IoT, it comes down to a trend that will signal the next step in IoT evolution: from visible consumer control to invisible autonomous interoperability of the “things” in the IoT.

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  • Ayla Networks Impressions From CES 2016: The IoT is Maturing But Still Hot

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 20, 2016

    Being at CES in Las Vegas can be overwhelming, as any of you who attended the 2016 show will know. An estimated 170,000 attendees and almost 2.5 million square feet of exhibits meant we couldn’t possibly survey even a fraction of what happened during the four-day extravaganza.

    But from the vantage point of the Ayla Networks booth at the Sands Expo Center, our suite at Caesar’s Palace, and whatever we were able to catch in between the two and on food breaks, here are some of our impressions of CES 2016:

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  • Helping Manufacturers Create Connected Products: Dave Friedman Featured on Peggy Smedley Radio Show

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 14, 2016

    Dave Friedman, CEO of Ayla, was a guest this week on the influential The Peggy Smedley Show, a weekly radio show that helps listeners understand connected devices—and how to make these devices a part of their everyday lives.

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  • In IoT, Innovation Will Come From the Small Guys

    Posted by Josh Pederson on Dec 14, 2015

    In the past I’ve been to a number of IoT-related events that I’d consider ‘OK’ or ‘pretty interesting’ but Cisco’s Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) was something very different – something that I would label ‘amazing’. Located in Dubai, one of the most innovative and connected cities in the world this event had the right blend of thought leaders and topics with a general feel of excitement and collaboration around IoT that I had not yet seen in an event.

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  • The IoT is Forcing Manufacturers to Rethink What Products and Testing Mean

    Posted by Adrian Caceres on Nov 30, 2015

    Today’s appliance and light commercial goods manufacturers are finding that the Internet of Things (IoT) is pushing them into uncharted territory. The IoT is even changing their definitions of product and testing, whether they like it or not—and in ways they probably haven’t even begun to consider.

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  • IoT West Show Recap: Is IoT Security Even Possible?

    Posted by Sudha Sundaresan on Nov 11, 2015

    At the recent IoT West show in Las Vegas, I was on a panel with Nolan Mondrow, founder and CEO of LockState, on the topic: “Is IoT Security Even Possible?” We talked about Internet of Things (IoT) security from two perspectives: the platform (me) and a manufacturer (Nolan).

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  • What Do New EU Data Privacy Rules Mean for IoT Companies?

    Posted by Adrian Caceres on Nov 10, 2015

    Shock Waves Felt as Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

    European Union rules about handling data privacy and personally identifiable information (PII) are much more stringent than in the U.S. For 15 years, the U.S. has relied on the Safe Harbor framework, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, to allow EU data to be stored legally in the United States — or, more specifically, in data centers outside of Europe.

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  • Industry Insights from Ayla's Vice President of Marketing, Wendy Toth

    Posted by Wendy Toth on Nov 9, 2015

    Ayla's Vice President of Marketing, Wendy Toth, shares some industry insights prior to the 2015 Connections Europe event taking place 10-11 November in Amsterdam.

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  • Ayla is the Onramp to AWS for the IoT. Turn here now!

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Oct 9, 2015

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) made a slew of announcements at the AWS: Reinvent show in Las Vegas this week. In addition to something called AWS IoT, they introduced services with interesting names such as QuickSight, Kinesis Firehose and Snowball. If you’re a manufacturer that offers—or wants to offer—connected products for the IoT, what do all these AWS announcements mean to you?

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  • The IoT Will Always be Fragmented. So What?

    Posted by Adrian Caceres on Oct 7, 2015

    IoT development is often compared to technology precursors such as personal computers.  While some of the comparisons make sense, there’s one reality that makes the IoT fundamentally different from technology trends preceding it:  The “things” of the IoT will never coalesce into a single category, or even a handful of categories.

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  • IoT = Change. But Why Change? Part 2

    Posted by Mark Wright , Dave Friedman on Oct 1, 2015

    [This is part 2 of a two-part post.]

    At last summer’s Global IoT Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center, speakers gave concrete examples of change in manufacturing, urban, social and business contexts being driven by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. They made the connection between the IoT and benefits such as efficiency, improved user experience, product enhancements and tangible value creation.

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  • The Value is in the Data, Not the Thing

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Sep 28, 2015

    Today marks an important milestone in Ayla’s development: We are launching Ayla Insights , which will give our customers the ability to see and use data about their products in a whole new way. Ayla Insights is an extension to our IoT platform that will change how manufacturers design and deliver their products.

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  • IoT = Change. But Why Change?

    Posted by Mark Wright , Dave Friedman on Sep 24, 2015

    [This is part 1 of a two-part post.]

    Complaining about neighborhood issues—potholes in the street, graffiti appearing on a utility box or street sign, an overgrown hedge making it hard to see approaching traffic—is an age-old pastime. So is moaning that the local municipality is deaf to the complaints.

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  • How Many Product Manufacturers are Cloud Networking Experts?

    Posted by Rod McLane on Sep 22, 2015

    In the Internet of Things (IoT), every piece of technology needs to work seamlessly with all the other pieces, creating an integrated, secure, end-to-end system. Making connected products for the IoT requires deep expertise and experience in every facet of IoT operation—from the chips embedded in the connected product, through cloud computing and networking communications, to end-user control of the product via a mobile or web-based application.

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  • Maintaining Brand Promises while Entering the IoT Market

    Posted by Mark Wright on Sep 10, 2015

    Amidst the current hype around the Internet of Things (IoT), it seems like everyone is marketing themselves as an IoT company, and even more, as an IoT platform company. Luckily, though, there are signs of sanity among some of the more serious IoT players.

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  • Get To Know The Four Types Of Data In The Internet of Things

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Aug 13, 2015

    Status, location, personalization, and action.

    Big data is one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time. It’s also incredibly vague. You’ve probably been in conversations where the different participants were using “big data” to refer to (a) large amounts of data; (b) data sets that exceed the capabilities of traditional databases; or (c) the software tools employed to analyze the data sets in the first two definitions.

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  • Ayla Networks Speaking and Exhibiting at IoT Evolution in Las Vegas

    Posted by aylanetworks on Aug 3, 2015

    Ayla Networks, whose agile Internet of Things (IoT) platform provides comprehensive connectivity for any kind of product, will showcase its IoT platform and customer products at the IoT

    Evolution Conference & Expo, to be held August 17-20, 2015, in Las Vegas. In addition, Ayla will participate two panels covering the IoT, highlighting how Ayla’s Agile IoT platform eliminates the hurdles involved in building great connected devices and bringing them to market.

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  • Disarming the Wireless ‘Protocol Wars’

    Posted by Mark Wright on Jun 23, 2015

    You’ve probably read various articles about the ‘protocol wars’ in the wireless world especially as it relates to the Internet of Things (IoT). Some of the more creative ones read like a synopsis of the latest “Mad Max” movie. But dig a little deeper, and these so-called wars really amount to shuffling for attention among peers all jockeying for starring roles in the movie.

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  • Putting the "T" in "IoT"

    Posted by Justin Ruiz on Jun 16, 2015

    It’s easy for most people to focus on the ‘Internet’ part of the Internet of Things (IoT). After all, the Internet sounds a lot sexier than ‘things.’

    But manufacturers of things—all the products that are equipped with sensors and connected to the cloud so that they can become part of the IoT—face a daunting step as they go from making unconnected to connected products.

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  • Parks’ Connections Show Highlights Maturing IoT Industry

    Posted by Rod McLane on Jun 5, 2015

    Repeating participation at an industry trade show can be a great way to observe broader industry trends. Case in point: We recently experienced evidence of a noticeable maturing of the Internet of Things (IoT) industry at the recent Connection Conference in San Francisco.

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  • Silicon Valley IoT Meetup: IoT, Big Data & Edge Analytics

    Posted by Mark Wright on May 29, 2015

    A while back I had the opportunity to participate in the Silicon Valley IoT Meetup (“IoT, Big Data, and Edge Analytics Opportunities and Challenges”) discussion hosted by Cisco VP/CTO Jim Greene and Ken Forster, COO of PLAT.ONE. Any discussion with Jim is an insightful journey rich with data-driven references. This time, the discussion had good IoT insights into business views, industrial dynamics, some interesting case studies and a serious non-apocalyptic view on security.

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  • An end-to-end approach is needed for IoT device security

    Posted by Vish Pai on May 22, 2015

    As IoT Devices Proliferate, the Vulnerabilities Scale Linearly 

    Most of the "things" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) are produced companies not accustomed to thinking in terms of connectivity. These manufacturers are experts in water heaters or door locks or coffee makers, but they probably don't know what a really good connected water heater or door lock or coffee maker should be. And they certainly haven't had to worry about the kinds of security threats that come with IoT connectivity.

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  • How much money will be made from the IoT? Good question

    Posted by Rod McLane on May 5, 2015

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that’s used to cover everything from manufacturing to smart cities, connected cars, consumer wearables and fitness, healthcare, energy and utilities, beacons and smart homes—and probably will come to embrace applications that technologists haven't even thought of yet.

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  • 10 Hints for Doing Business in China

    Posted by Phillip Chang on Apr 28, 2015

    by Phillip Chang, Co-Founder and VP/General Manager of Greater China for Ayla Networks

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  • Celebrating IoT Day 2015...

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 9, 2015

    Who would have thought that ‘IoT’ would ever reach the vaunted status of having its own holiday, but today we’ll take a moment to celebrate annual IoT Day!

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  • SXSW Conference Indicates IoT is Hot, but Not Yet Fully Baked

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 26, 2015

    Companies that manufacture Things that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT) don't have the expertise required to “do the infrastructure piece,” Dave Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, warned a packed room of attendees during a panel at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas.

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  • Discussing the Infrastructure of IoT

    Posted by Justin Ruiz on Mar 2, 2015

    On Friday, March 13, at SXSW 2015, representatives from Ayla Networks, Echelon Corporation and Xicato will join moderator Mike Krell of Moor Insights & Strategy for a lively, wide-ranging panel discussion on smart infrastructure, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and some rules of the game that will spell success in this high-profile market. The panel, titled Network All the Things: What About Infrastructure?, will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the JW Marriott, 110 E 2nd St., Austin.

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  • The Service Guy Lives Inside My Refrigerator

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 15, 2014

    ell, not really.  That would be strange and a little eerie. In fact I am probably similar to most people that not only do I not want the service guy living inside my fridge, but I also really prefer to not have to deal with service people at all if I can help it.  I have nothing against service folks; they are just doing their jobs. It’s just that it’s hard for me to be home when they arrive, and then there is that dreaded response to what’s wrong: “I’m not sure, but looks like I have to order some parts.” Gulp.  He’ll be back.

    It turns out that manufacturers don’t love sending service people either.  The best provide great service, but those calls are pretty expensive.  Even calls to a service center add up.  The general estimates for the cost of a single truck roll are between $200-$2,000, depending on the industry and type of person being dispatched.

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  • Understanding Ayla Persistent Communication

    Posted by Vish Pai on Sep 15, 2014

    With the Amazon Kindle, it takes a mere 60 seconds to download a book, and if you purchase a book on Amazon.com, it’s instantly available on your kindle device. Have you ever wondered how this is accomplished?

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  • Why Recreate the Wheel?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Sep 9, 2014

    Close your eyes and imagine this scenario: a VP sales approaches the CEO and says that she knows there are a lot of great sales tools out there, but she wants a budget to build sales tools that are especially well suited to their business. It will only cost $500K to build, and then just a few hundred thousand each year to keep it running. Well, maybe it will cost more. Now imagine that CEO’s reaction.

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  • Solving IoT at the CIO level

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Aug 20, 2014

    CIOs face significant challenges when it comes to IoT. The demands from each of their business units are becoming much more fragmented than at any other time when they have been deploying technology. Here’s why: previously, they were integrating major systems, whether it was the backend systems like ERP, computers, or mobile devices of their various constituents.

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  • Which Platform Should Your Products Support? How About “All?”

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jul 7, 2014

    The Internet of Things market sure is getting busy. Google, Apple, Quirky and others have recently announced plans to bring order to the chaos of applications and provide a seamless consumer experience for the home automation market. Not to be outdone, several retailers and service providers also have announced solutions targeting the consumer. Lowes, Staples, and most recently, Sears have launched home initiatives while AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and several others are promoting a path toward a combined service platform.

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  • A Cloud is a Cloud is a Cloud?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 16, 2014

    Connected devices often have a cloud access component to interface with a user app. But there may be some real differences in what the cloud actually does. What can that cloud do and why should it matter to you?  If you have a Wi-Fi camera at home sending video of your fish tank to your office PC screensaver, that’s a cloud implementation (a dumb cloud, but a cloud nonetheless).

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  • Ayla Customer Spotlight: Weibo Files for IPO

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 7, 2014

    Weibo has long been a major player in China’s technology market, but it will soon likely have a wider international profile. Earlier this month, the company, which provides a messaging service similar to Twitter, filed to hold an IPO in the U.S.

    The company is 77% owned by SINA, the largest Chinese-language web portal in the world.

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  • The Right Path to Enter the Internet of Things

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 3, 2014

    As the Internet of Things heats up and more companies enter the marketplace, many companies will be faced with the same question, “What’s the right path to enter the Internet of Things market?”

    Is it by focusing on developing a highly vertical product which sells under its own flashy brand or, like Android which has become somewhat of a background technology provider for handset makers, quietly focusing to lead as a behind the scenes platform that enables and builds the Internet of Things?

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  • Ayla CEO Touches on the Importance of Security Patching in the Internet of Things

    Posted by aylanetworks on Feb 26, 2014

    Who is supposed to apply security patches in the Internet of Things? What should a patch management program look like and how can it be implemented?

    These are just some of the questions facing the Internet of Things (IoT) as more and more devices are being connected and in February’s contribution to the IoTWorld Community site, Ayla Networks’ CEO, Dave Friedman, shares how end-to-end cloud providers can provide all of the tools to manage devices, security, and patching with robust Over-the-Air update support.

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  • What's the Smarts in the IoT

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 27, 2014

    In this month's contribution to the IoT World community site, Ayla Networks' CEO, Dave Friedman, explains what’s behind the smarts in the IoT. The brain in the Internet of Things is more than being tied to the Internet and connecting to an ecosystem of other devices. It's more than a remote monitor for your smartphone or tablet. It's really about data intelligence.

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  • Ayla CEO Shares Lessons Learned from 1st-Generation of IoT Products

    Posted by aylanetworks on Jan 22, 2014

    As a "horizontal" platform for turning practically any product into a smart-connected product, Ayla Networks engages with many manufacturers hoping to develop the next "killer" IoT product. CEO/Co-founder, David Friedman, shares what product developers and strategists can learn from first generation products in an article recently featured by CMS Wire. Connectivity is becoming an integral part in the product plans of major manufacturers and service providers; the question is no longer why they need to integrate internet capabilities but how.

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  • Ayla Percolates at the NESCAFE Startup Challenge at CES 2014

    Posted by Rob Markovich on Jan 11, 2014

    The world’s largest brand manufacturers are now realizing the full impact of what the Internet of Things can mean for creating long term connections to their customers, extending market share and profitability.

    But with the cycle of innovation accelerating in a world of constant consumer adaption and the threads of connectivity so quickly interweaving across more of our everyday lives, how can these global brand manufacturers efficiently unearth innovations and opportunities that startups so often pioneer?

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  • Ayla CEO Warns that Designed-in Flexibility is a Must for Internet of Things Products

    Posted by aylanetworks on Dec 21, 2013

    In December's contribution to the IoTWorld community site, Ayla Networks' CEO, Dave Friedman, admits he doesn't really know what's next for the Internet of Things. In fact, nobody really does. That's why manufacturers of connected products have to build-in flexibility into their Internet of Things platforms, to easily accommodate customer's changing needs.

    What does this all mean for a development team tasked with designing and supporting world-class connected products?

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  • IoT's Chic at Broadcom's GeekPeek13

    Posted by Rob Markovich on Dec 9, 2013

    Broadcom held its annual GeekPeek event this past week. Held at Tank18 in San Francisco, GeekPeek13 showcased Broadcom’s vision -- connecting everything -- with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) applications demonstrated by Broadcom and its partners. The event was abuzz with industry analysts and a broad range of journalists. Glad to be representing Ayla Networks, I was honored to participate in this, and met fellow Broadcom ecosystem partners, all showing real end customer use cases and value with compelling connected product demos.

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  • Ayla CEO Defines Enterprise-Class Security Requirements for Protecting IoT

    Posted by aylanetworks on Nov 25, 2013

    In this month's contribution to the IoT World community site, Ayla Networks' CEO, Dave Friedman, defines the need for strong security for keeping hackers away from the Internet of Things, including 7 enterprise-class security principles when considering an IoT platform to connect your products:

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  • The Manufacturer's Dilemma: Build or Buy for Internet Connected Products?

    Posted by Justin Ruiz on Oct 9, 2013

    At Ayla, we talk daily to Manufacturers across a slew of product categories that are in the process of developing their next generation connected products. Controlled by smartphones and tablets, these products are typically fast-tracked for development thanks to competitive pressures from disruptors such as Nest.

    For some Manufacturers early in their product planning, the decision of how best to integrate the new connectivity, automated analytics, and mobile control capabilities into them has not been decided. For these Manufacturers, the decision dilemma is whether to develop all of these platform technologies in-house or partner with an Internet of Things (IoT) cloud solution (like Ayla)?

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  • Ayla CEO Becomes Regular Contributor to IoT World Community

    Posted by aylanetworks on Oct 8, 2013

    Dave Friedman, Ayla Networks’ CEO, has become a regular contributor to IoT World, a publication and community tracking the development of the Internet of Things. Dave’s first post – Connectivity Costs Challenge the Internet of Things – examines a crucial question: how are manufacturers and IoT platform providers going to manage the cost of connectivity services?

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  • Agriculture: The First Big Industrial IoT Market?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Sep 25, 2013

    Where will the Internet of Things get its first big foothold in the business world?

    A number of companies are already rolling out smart thermostats and lighting systems to reduce energy consumption and utility bills in commercial buildings. Others want to instrument aircraft engines and trains to save fuel and monitor equipment wear and tear.

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  • Internet of Things: Why Now?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jul 3, 2013

    The Home of the Future has been a dazzling dream for decades.

    And, until now, it really hasn't worked out well. Automated homes and futuristic kitchens have been a staple of the World's Fair since the 1920s, but it's a good bet that you don't have shelves that sink into countertops at the push of a button or a voice-activated oven at home. In the 90s, the Internet-enabled refrigerator and appliances like 3Com's Audrey for surfing the web from a countertop came and went quickly.

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