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Schneider Electric Delivers IoT With Wiser App

Tuya Smart's software platform and app provide wireless connectivity to approximately 30 products released in China for such smart-home applications as water meter management, as well as heating and lighting controls.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 16, 2020

Global electrical equipment company Schneider Electric is employing Tuya Smart's Internet of Things (IoT) platform and cloud service to power Schneider's new Wiser smart products. The company has recently launched Wiser as a smart-home solution, starting in Asia, that can provide connectivity between an individual and various devices within his or her home, thereby enabling that person to use IoT technology to manage everything from lighting and temperature levels to leak detection.

Schneider Electric signed a partnership with Tuya Smart in October 2019, and approximately 30 products have so far been launched in China, including sensor-based devices attached to electronics that employ Zigbee, cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. These products include a portfolio of wireless switches, sockets and sensors that communicate with the application.

Schneider Electric's Ma Sitao
Schneider Electric has ventured into the smart-home market to allow customers to easily connect and safely manage electric sources in their home from grid to plug, according to Ma Sitao, the company's VP and CTO for connected home systems. That can include a home's solar source if a person has one, as well as electrical vehicle charging, electrical panels, lights, air conditioning, heating, television and home appliances.

With Wiser, Ma explains, users can employ the solution to control, monitor and adjust settings, or to receive alerts on everything that matters in their home. "With this in mind," he states, "our approach has been to build our system across wired and wireless connectivity protocols, and to leverage the most popular communication standards, like Zigbee." It starts with the app, which users can download for use with IoT-based Wiser products, such as sensors and meters. A user can directly interface with the app on his or her phone, or by voice through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Tmall Genie.

To use the system, an individual would purchase Wiser products that connect to that person's existing appliances, lighting or electrical panels. He or she would download the app and view information, such as energy usage, leak detection and lighting levels, then adjust the settings by following prompts in the app, which forwards the setting changes directly to the devices. To accomplish this, Schneider Electric is utilizing Tuya's IoT platform in its Wiser smart products.

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