Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Ayla Networks to provide IoT expertise to China's Yifang

Iain Morris
August 21, 2014
US-based Ayla Networks says it has been chosen to support China’s Yifang Digital with the rollout of new home automation products.

Consumer electronics player Yifang (Shenzhen, China) is to make use of Ayla’s Internet of Things platform to power a new line of intelligent products, said the companies in a statement.

The first product released through the collaboration will be a starter kit for home automation, which – says Yifang – “will establish new price points for expanding the market”.

Additional devices will become available at major retail outlets later in the year, all allowing users to connect through a single smart application on Android and iOS devices.

Yifang claims to be one of the top eight tablet PC suppliers in the world and counts the Nextbook tablet as one of its most popular products.

The company clearly has its sights set on the home automation opportunity, which has already attracted plenty of high-profile interest from major technology companies including Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA), Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) and Samsung (Seoul, South Korea).

Yifang says it was attracted to Ayla (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) because the IoT player is able to provide an “adaptive platform that supports the connectivity requirements of a broad set of products”.

“Ayla allows us to get our products out quickly, all leveraging a single platform,” said Yin Shujun, the vice president and head of the smart device business unit at Yifang. “The Ayla platform offered us the best combination of security, flexibility and costs, as well as enabling us to continuously learn from that data to provide a better experiencer for our users.”

“Ayla’s presence in China and ability to provide local support, and ability to scale internationally into all regions we sell, was also a critical factor in our decision making process,” added Shujun.

Ayla says it has designed it cloud infrastructure to accommodate a large number of diverse devices simultaneously.

It also says its platform is compatible with the widest possible variety of communications standards, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, as well as operating systems including Linux, Android and iOS.

“Leading manufacturers like Yifang Digital are increasingly turning to Ayla Networks because they understand we can enhance their own efforts to provide their customers with innovative products,” said David Friedman, the chief executive and co-founder of Ayla Networks. “With the Ayla platform they can not only improve their speed to market with new and innovative solutions, but it also enables them to collect and analyze usage data to learn how their products are being used and more rapidly innovate to suit their customer and channel partner needs.”
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