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By Rich Handley

Nexxt Solutions, Microsoft, Tuya Collaborate on Smart Homes and Home Automation

Nexxt Solutions has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft and Tuya to power and commercialize its first fully cloud-connected portfolio of smart-home devices. This portfolio includes smart plugs, smart power strips, smart bulbs and home security kits that contain window, door and motion sensors, all of which can be monitored and managed remotely with Nexxt Solutions' Home App, powered by Tuya and hosted on Microsoft Azure.

The Home App can run on either a smartphone or a tablet. It lets users control all compatible devices via a Wi-Fi connection so they can set schedules or control their home appliances. The app is easy to install, does not require a hub to operate and can be easily shared with family members and friends, the company reports. In addition, its voice-activation feature makes it compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for hands-free management of all linked devices.

Nexxt Solutions' smart-home devices are currently being sold via retailers in 40 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, and will be available to consumers from such retailers and etailers as Brandsmart, Best Buy Mexico, Chedraui, Alkosto, Falabella, Distelsa, Intelaf, Hiraoka, Coolbox, Almacenes Siman, Mixup and others soon to be announced. With the demand for products in the smart-home category growing, the firm is expanding its portfolio of products to include smart coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, intelligent pet feeders fitted with cameras and more.

"The Internet of Things, along with the power of AI, is forever transforming the way we interact with our devices," said Bruno García, Nexxt Solutions' VP of sales and marketing, in a prepared statement. "Home automation is shaping the future, as devices are no longer simply responding to our commands but are increasingly interacting with us, making people's lives not only easier and more secure, but also environmentally friendly."

"The future of the smart home is streamlined integration," said Alex Yang, Tuya's COO and co-founder, in the prepared statement. "By combining the operation of several home devices into one app powered by Tuya, Nexxt Solutions is creating a powerful, simple way for people to control their homes and get the most out of them."

"This strategic collaboration with Tuya and Nexxt Solutions represents an important step in our ongoing commitment to bring highly secure, cloud connected, smart home devices to our customers," added Mark Linton, Microsoft's general manager for device portfolio and solutions, in the statement. "We are delighted that consumers in 40 countries will be able to purchase Nexxt Solutions smart home devices and solutions, powered by Tuya and Azure, this fall."

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