Category : IoT Perspectives & Trends

  • New Ayla VP Sahir Sait Discusses Ayla Product Philosophy and Prospects

    Posted by aylanetworks on May 14, 2018

    Sahir Sait has been on the job as Ayla’s Vice President, Product, for a few months. Now is a perfect time to check in with him about his views on Ayla’s portfolio of IoT platform products and his plans for their future development.

  • Ayla Connect User Conference Explores the What, Why & How of IoT

    Posted by aylanetworks on Apr 16, 2018

    For anyone involved in directing the future of the Internet of Things (IoT), the place to be in April was the inaugural Ayla Connect conference in San Francisco.

  • How Can Service Providers Use IoT to Make Money?

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 30, 2018

    The Internet of Things (IoT) promises many benefits to telecom service providers and operators, who are naturally eager to connect new devices to their networks and start selling new kinds of services to their subscribers.

  • Bruce Sinclair, Speaks at Ayla Connect User Conference

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 19, 2018

    Bruce Sinclair counts as one of the true veterans of the Internet of Things (IoT). He traces his IoT beginnings to 2008, when he was CEO of a networking company that sold a smart home-enabling platform to internet service providers.

  • Bill Schmarzo, 'Dean of Big Data,' Previews His Ayla Connect Talk

    Posted by aylanetworks on Mar 12, 2018

    William (Bill) Schmarzo, known as the Dean of Big Data, has the secret to making money from the Internet of Things (IoT): Transform from connected to smart.

  • Mobile World Congress 2018: The Thunder of 5G and Quiet Arrival of Device Virtualization

    Posted by Josh Pederson on Mar 6, 2018

    Barcelona is awesome. Even with snow and pick pockets, the city delivered big on the promise of amazing tapas and an exciting event with Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week.

  • Taking the First Steps Toward Realizing the Promise of IoT

    Posted by Chitra Madhwacharyula on Jan 22, 2018

    Chitra Madhwacharyula, Ayla's Director of Customer Success & Education, gives her recommendations on how to overcome common unknowns and entry barriers in the IoT.

  • What Amazon Echo Plus Means for Manufacturers of Smart-Home Products

    Posted by Sahir Sait on Nov 15, 2017

    The Echo Plus is a cool new offering from Amazon, essentially updating the existing capability of an Amazon Echo with the addition of a Zigbee radio so that the device can act like a smart-home gateway. So how should smart-home manufacturers think of the Echo Plus, and how should it influence their product plans?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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?

  • 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.”

  • 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?

  • 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?”

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.