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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

Tuya Smart is a software platform and services company for connected homes. It offers wireless modules for household devices, a customized app for devices and a cloud-based software platform that manages data and transmits it to users, according to Alex Yang, Tuya's cofounder and COO. The company has designed a platform for IoT solutions that is intended to provide connectivity, device management and user interfaces for applications.

"We are the first ones in the industry to provide a three-in-one [solution]," Yang claims. "The only thing most users [such as Schneider] need to do is integrate the small networking module with their own circuit board." Companies can then can customize the solution using the Tuya platform to suit their own application's needs, he explains, adding, "That way, they can bring unique consumer experiences."

Tuya's Alex Yang
In planning its smart-home solution, Schneider opted to enlist Tuya as its platform partner in order to make rollouts easily expandable, without heavy installation requirements. "The Tuya Smart solution makes that process more seamless," Yang states. In the meantime, he says, Schneider has expertise in electronics so it has a greater understanding of customers' needs and pain points than most companies. "They have an understanding of how people like to control their devices," Yang says. "They put all that into the planning."

By partnering with Tuya, Yang explains, Schneider has gained greater flexibility to manage or customize the solutions it offers. "We help them build the connections with an SDK [software developers kit]," he states. "The Wiser app uses the Tuya Smart SDK." The Wiser line is being distributed first in China, then will be expanded to other countries as well. The solutions will be used in multi-residential buildings; for instance, individuals could adjust the temperature or lighting levels in their apartment via the app.

Tuya provides similar solutions to other companies for smart appliances, ticketing and electrical services. The firm launched in January 2016, Yang reports, and now has thousands of customers. "There are 4,000 brands using this specific system on 500 different types of products," he says. Tuya's application and software platform work with any wireless infrastructure, Yang notes, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mesh, Zigbee, cellular GPRS or 5G. "We're purely technology-agnostic."

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