CES 16 - Zonoff and Ayla Networks Establish IoT Cloud-to-Cloud Partnership to Expand IoT Business Benefits for Smart Home Systems and Product Manufacturers

Zonoff, Inc., the Consumer IoT platform provider that empowers the world’s top brands to deliver smart, seamless living, and Ayla Networks, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform for manufacturers, today announced an open cloud-to-cloud partnership.

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CES Show—Zonoff, Inc., the Consumer IoT platform provider that empowers the world's top brands to deliver smart, seamless living, and Ayla Networks, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform for manufacturers, today announced an open cloud-to-cloud partnership. The partnership will greatly simplify the effort currently involved in enabling smart home systems and solutions to enlarge their ecosystems of connected products, while expanding the distribution channels for the manufacturers of the connected products.

"Establishing cloud-to-cloud connections like the one between the Zonoff and Ayla clouds will have a multiplier effect for everyone involved in the smart home ecosystem," said Mike Harris, CEO and founder of Zonoff. "This partnership is about reducing the friction for companies wanting to enter and thrive in the new connected marketplace."

"Now that manufacturers have gotten a taste of what's possible through connectivity—including faster product iterations, stronger customer relationships and the flexibility to adapt to future unknowns—they're realizing that the IoT is not a technology issue but rather a transformational process for all aspects of their businesses," said David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. "Together, Ayla and Zonoff are accelerating this transformation for manufacturers, retailers, service providers and other players throughout the product value chain."

Opening up IoT Business with Clouds That Work Together

Despite expectations that the IoT already means ubiquitous interconnectivity among products, the reality is that current IoT technologies are delivered through distinct on-premises, cloud or hybrid cloud systems. In a closed cloud system, only products designed for that particular cloud system will work with one another. In contrast, both Ayla and Zonoff offer protocol- and device-agnostic IoT platforms that can support cloud-to-cloud interoperation, which opens up the IoT business in new and important ways.

The Zonoff Consumer IoT platform serves markets including retail, service providers, home construction, home insurance and consumer electronics. Zonoff focuses on providing software and services that enable its clients to offer smart home systems and solutions to consumers that encompass products from multiple manufacturers.

Ayla works with manufacturers—including those selling consumer appliances, fire and safety systems, water treatment solutions, and heating and air conditioning products—to create connected versions of their products. Ayla's fully integrated IoT platform, extending from connected product to cloud to the mobile or web app controlling the product, is designed from the ground up to deliver fast time to value.

Through their cloud-to-cloud partnership, Zonoff and Ayla enable benefits such as:

Retailers and service providers can more quickly and easily add to their portfolios of connected products, increasing consumers' choices.
Manufacturers of connected products can expand their distribution channels to include additional retailers or service providers.
Zonoff will hold down its operational support costs and expand its clients' ecosystem options without having to certify each connected device individually.
Ayla will be able to open up more channels for its manufacturer customers without additional cost to the manufacturers.
Consumers will have more options for interconnecting connected products from different manufacturers and through more retailers.
Ayla is participating in the annual CES show, Jan. 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Booth #71153 at the Sands Expo Center.

About Ayla Networks

Ayla Networks empowers leading manufacturers by simplifying the inherent complexity of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling them to turn their products into smart connected systems and transform their businesses to compete in the game-changing world of connectivity. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla's IoT platform provides the flexibility and modularity to enable rapid changes to practically any type of device, cloud or app environment. Ayla Networks was named a 2015 Cool Vendor in the Internet of Things by Gartner, Inc. Ayla's investors include Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture and SJF Ventures. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.

About Zonoff, Inc.

Zonoff empowers the world's leading brands to deliver smart, seamless living to the mass market through its Consumer Internet of Things software and services platform. Zonoff offers a proven, enterprise-scale Consumer IoT Platform with the interoperability, flexibility and reliability needed to successfully support mass-market Smart Home offerings. Zonoff's end-to-end, white-label solution includes the world-class Z1 Software Suite, an exceptional user interface framework, proven hardware reference designs, robust data analytics, a comprehensive device ecosystem and subscription-based services. Zonoff's Consumer IoT technology and services platform has been successfully adopted by leading brands in multiple vertical markets. For more information, visit www.Zonoff.com or follow via Twitter @ZonoffInc.

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