Ayla Networks to Offer Internet of Things Technology and Services Inside of China and Enable Cross-Border Innovation as Part of International Expansion
Ayla’s Technology and Services Will Help Accelerate Demand for IoT in China as Well as Help Chinese Manufacturers Develop Products for Global Markets
September 25, 2014
Ayla Networks, a leading provider of Agile Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, today announced that is has obtained a license to serve as an Internet Content Provider (ICP) in the People’s Republic of China, a significant milestone that will permit Ayla to collaborate with manufacturers, web sites, social networks, and others to build a nationwide framework for IoT in one of the fastest-growing markets in the world.
As the only IoT platform provider that has become licensed as an ICP, Ayla will work closely with local companies in China to develop new, innovative products and services for both the business and consumer markets in China. The heart of Ayla’s new offering will be a cloud platform hosted in China dedicated to the domestic market. Ayla’s service in China will go live in Q4 2014 with the debut of its first customer, Devotion Domestic Boilers, which will release a line of Internet-connected water heaters.
Ayla will also work with Chinese companies to develop products for other markets in North America, Europe, Asia, and non-OECD nations. Likewise, Ayla will also help international companies bring products to China, making it the first dedicated IoT company with truly global capabilities. As part of this effort, Ayla has opened a development lab and prototype manufacturing center in Shenzhen, the manufacturing center of China, which will focus on software development, localization, product design, design for manufacturability, Internet security, and other issues.
“China will be a leader in IoT. Many of the products that will be ubiquitous ten years from now will emerge from the experiences of entrepreneurs and consumers across China with IoT today. It is also where social networks and the network for things will converge,” said Dave Friedman, co-founder, and CEO of Ayla Networks. “At Ayla, our goal is to enable the control of ‘things’ all from within the social network app, which China is at the forefront of. We started that journey, working with SINA/Weibo, and are very excited to be participating in this technology transformation with other social networks in China.”
“We are very focused on providing a high quality and secure Internet of Things service to Chinese manufacturers who are seeking to sell outside of China, and also in the large Chinese market,” said Phillip Chang, co-founder and China General Manager of Ayla Networks. “We understand the many challenges required to create globally scalable products, and how to work effectively with Chinese companies. Ayla’s local presence is critical to providing direct support for customers and for us to move dynamically in the fast-moving Chinese IoT market.”
IoT technologies are encouraged in China by government agencies and companies as a way to reduce emissions and energy consumption, control traffic, better manage urban growth and foster new services for health care, personal security, and commerce. China is expected to have 221 cities with a population of over 1 million by 2025.
Ayla first unveiled plans to build a cloud for the Internet of Things in China in April as part of a $14.5 Series B financing that included Cisco, the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group), SAIF Partners one of China’s largest venture capital firms with over $2.5 billion under management, Linear Venture, and SJF Ventures as new investors. The Series B funding has allowed Ayla to establish operations in Shenzhen. Having a local presence enables Ayla to provide direct support to Chinese manufacturers, including those who do not sell domestically. The funding will also be used to further build out Ayla’s cloud capabilities in China.
While the ICP will now allow Ayla to offer IoT services within China, the company has been partnering actively with Chinese companies since the beginning. Ayla’s first customer was SINA, the world’s largest Chinese language portal SINA released personal weather station that linked to its popular Weibo chat service in 2013. (SINA’s weather station linked to Ayla’s cloud in the U.S.).
Yifang Digital Technology, a leading global manufacturer and innovator of consumer electronics, also announced in 2014 that it will use Ayla’s cloud services and other technology to power a new line of intelligent products. Yifang, the fifth largest tablet vendor in the U.S., will bring out its first smart home products worldwide later this year.
Ayla’s mission is to provide the world with the first truly agile platform for the Internet of Things. Ayla achieves its high degree of flexibility through a seamless fabric of interconnected elements, including embedded agents for devices, cloud-based back-end infrastructure, intelligent application libraries and third party applications. Ayla’s ecosystem includes several of the world’s largest suppliers to the IoT, such as Broadcom, STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors, Murata Manufacturing, and USI.
About Ayla Networks
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Ayla has developed technology enabling Agile IoT for manufacturers and service providers to quickly and economically develop, deploy, and learn from connected solutions for industrial markets, commercial customers and consumers. Ayla’s investors include Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture, and SJF Ventures. For more, please contacts us at www.aylanetworks.com