Aquanta Uses Ayla Networks’ IoT Technology to Turn Nearly Any Water Heater Into an Intelligent Appliance

Homeowners save energy and money with Aquanta’s water heater
controller, which provides remote control and monitoring for existing
water heaters

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HVAC–Ayla Networks’ Internet of Things (IoT) technology has enabled Aquanta
Inc. to introduce the Aquanta Water Heater Controller, a
first-of-its-kind system that enables remote and convenient control of
nearly any existing water heater via a smartphone or web-enabled device.
The Aquanta retrofittable water heater controller gives consumers
convenient, cost-effective control over one of the most important energy
and water consumers in their homes: their water heaters.

Aquanta worked with IoT experts from Ayla
Networks
to build the cloud connection that controls its retrofit
water heater product, which is designed to help consumers save money and
become more energy- and water-efficient.

“Ayla’s IoT platform allows manufacturers such as Aquanta to get secure,
reliable connected products to market without having to become IoT
technology experts themselves,” said David Friedman, CEO and co-founder
of Ayla Networks. “Aquanta has taken an innovative approach to the IoT
market, by providing a retrofit product that allows people to bring an
appliance they already own into the 21st century.”

Aquanta estimates that retrofitting water heaters with the Aquanta
controller can enable consumers to enjoy 10 percent to 30 percent in
energy savings because they heat water only when needed. In addition,
utilities can use the Aquanta water heater controller as part of their
programs to help control energy demand to the grid, which is important
for achieving mandates to reduce energy usage and avoid grid overloads.

The Aquanta controller installs easily onto a home’s existing gas or
electric water heater. Its enabling technology accurately measures both
energy going into a water heater as well as the energy being used.
Aquanta’s software uses this sensor data to “learn” and control the
water heating according to a resident’s actual usage patterns.

“There are 125 million water heaters in North American homes and small
businesses, and no one else is offering an easy retrofit to bring these
inefficient appliances into the smart grid,” said Aquanta CEO Matt
Carlson. “Ayla provided us with the comprehensive IoT technologies we
required in a cost-effective model that fit our needs. Now, we’re making
dumb water heaters smart; helping homeowners save money and energy; and
playing a role in making the emerging smart grid a reality.”

The Aquanta retrofittable water heater controller is the latest example
of how Ayla IoT technology is helping manufacturers of all kinds to
participate in the growing IoT market, reaping benefits for themselves
and for their customers. Other recent smart home products leveraging
Ayla IoT platform technology include Hunter
Fan
ceiling fans, Fujitsu
air conditioners, Kidde
fire safety devices, LockState
door locks and Dimplex
electric heaters.

The Ayla IoT platform provides comprehensive device, cloud and mobile
app connectivity for any kind of product. Ayla allows manufacturers to
get secure, reliable connected products to market with minimal time,
cost and effort—and to improve multiple aspects of their business based
on the real-world knowledge gained from data generated by the connected
devices.

About Aquanta

McLean, VA-based Aquanta Inc. develops innovative products and
technologies that address climate change and enhance energy efficiency,
with specific focus on the energy usage and inefficiencies inherent in
water heating and plumbing systems. For more information on Aquanta,
visit http://www.aquanta.io.

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 Agile 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 3NOD, Acorn Pacific, Ants Capital, Cisco, Crosslink Capital, the
International Finance Corporation, Linear Venture, Mitsui, SAIF
Partners, SJF Ventures and Voyager Capital. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.

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