Ayla Networks Partners With USI to Enable Connectivity Solutions for the Internet of Things

Production-Ready Wi-Fi Modules From USI Incorporate CloudConnect™ Stacks, Speed Time-to-Market

July 4, 2013

Ayla Networks, a leader in technology and cloud-based services for the Internet of Things, today announced a partnership with Universal Scientific Industrial Co, Ltd. (USI), a global leader in design and manufacturing services, to bring connected modules and services to market that will allow manufacturers to quickly and economically join the Internet of Things.

USI’s Ayla-enabled modules are pre-qualified building blocks that integrate hardware with the networking and security technology necessary to transform thermostats, appliances, lighting, and other everyday products into interactive devices. USI’s first Ayla-enabled modules connect through Wi-Fi, making it easy for finished appliances to link to smartphones, computers, and household access points.

To create an Internet-enabled device, manufacturers will simply integrate USI’s Ayla-enabled modules into their products, often by connecting the modules to an existing microcontroller or microprocessor. Manufacturers do not have to write or verify a single line of networking code. Appliances containing USI’s modules will link directly to the Ayla Platform™, the company’s cloud-based connectivity service after consumers first turn them on and begin to use them.

Through the Ayla Platform, manufacturers can manage their products, provide updates, and communicate directly with their customers. Developed by experts in embedded systems and networking from Amazon, Cisco, and other companies, Ayla’s underlying cloud technology optimizes available resources to serve a maximum number of clients, permitting the company to offer manufacturers Internet connectivity for the life of their products for an economical, one-time fee. Ayla’s unique technology and business model effectively turn Internet connectivity into a component, lowering costs for both manufacturers and consumers.

Based in Taiwan, USI serves customers in information technology, communications, wireless, health care, and other industries.

“Manufacturers are eager to bring Internet connectivity and interactivity to their products,” said Albert Liu, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Product Business Unit at USI. “Wi-Fi has reached an attractive price point that can reach into many end markets. Ayla’s CloudConnect Stacks make it easy for our customers to add cloud connectivity to their products, and our customers are responding enthusiastically.”

The companies have worked closely to qualify the first products from the partnership — the WM-N-BM-09A and WM-N-BM-14A modules — for production. The modules support 802.11b/g/n and connect directly to the Ayla Platform™. Designed in a space-saving 11mm x 12mm package, the WM-N-BM-09A is the industry’s most compact production-ready onramp to the Internet of Things, while the WM-N-BM-14A’s onboard integrated antenna simplifies design and reduces cost for designs that do not require an external antenna. The devices’ network settings and power consumption have also been optimized for use in connected products.

Additionally, certain USI modules will be pre-certified to meet FCC standards, further reducing the cost, complexity, and time of designing a connected product.

“USI’s commitment to the Internet of Things is fantastic news for OEMs,” said David Friedman, CEO, and co-founder of Ayla. “USI is a trusted partner with an established track record for providing technology to high volume manufacturers. Our customers want to work with vendors who can provide the highest levels of quality and support.”

WM-N-BM-09A and WM-N-BM-14A are available in production quantities from USI. Development kits featuring these modules provide a fast path to Internet connectivity and are available for purchase on the Ayla Networks website.

About Ayla Networks

Ayla was founded to address the massive changes that are needed to connect “things” to the Internet. The company has developed an end-to-end platform that allows manufacturers and service providers to turn home controls, HVAC, appliances, lighting and other everyday products into intelligent devices that can collect information, be managed remotely, or perform tasks automatically on behalf of consumers and businesses. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company has partnered with major electronics manufacturers, leading venture capital firms and investors who share this vision. For more information, contact Ayla Networks at www.aylanetworks.com.