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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 has witnessed several connected-home development trends since its launch, Yang says, as the demand for connected-home solutions has grown exponentially in terms of consumer knowledge about the technology and what it can do. Every country has its own unique type of demand, he adds; U.S. deployments are centered most commonly around home automation and security, while Japan has a growing demand for elder care for seniors who live alone, and for health-care services. Deployments in Europe, Yang adds, are trending toward using technology for energy saving, such as managing heating systems and lighting. "Lifestyle and understanding the environment of the regions is how you provide the best service," he states.

A number of retailers, particularly Amazon, Wal-mart and Best Buy, are driving the market for smart-home products. Of the top 23 best-selling smart-home brands, Yang says, Tuya Smart's platform is enabling 17 of them.

Tuya's recent announcements also include a collaboration with Samsung for its SmartThings products, to expand its interconnected ecosystem and promote cross-branding and interoperability. It has also announced a partnership with Lenovo for hardware, IoT-based access, cloud services, app customization and marketing. Tuya and Lenovo are building a system with a mutual connection between their respective cloud platforms.

For Schneider, Ma says, "The future is very exciting because life at home is evolving at super-speed." As members of the global consumer market, he adds, "We're consuming more and more electricity and using more and more digital devices, so we need to re-think the way our home works." Schneider Electric is well poised to provide expertise from grid to plug, Ma says, "and we are leading the way in our industry and in sustainability."

The company's plan for Wiser is simple, Ma says. "We will continue to develop our smart-home offering and grow our partner ecosystem in the way that best serves end-user interests," he states, "giving them the power to fully enjoy life at home."

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