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Ayla IoT Platform Adds Phone-as-a-Gateway Capability for Bluetooth Products

Ayla IoT Platform Adds Phone-as-a-Gateway Capability for Bluetooth Products

10/03/2017

Ayla IoT Platform Adds Phone-as-a-Gateway Capability for Bluetooth Products

Enables manufacturers of Bluetooth devices to access IoT data via the Ayla IoT cloud without using separate gateways

Ayla Networks, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform for manufacturers, today announced a new phone-as-a-gateway (PaaG) capability that will allow Bluetooth-enabled products to connect to the Ayla IoT cloud using a smartphone or other mobile device, without requiring IoT gateways or any changes to the Bluetooth products themselves. By extending Bluetooth products’ local IoT connectivity to the cloud, PaaG lets manufacturers gain the full value of the IoT data generated by their Bluetooth products.

Using Ayla’s phone-as-a-gateway capability, Bluetooth-enabled products such as power tools, low-cost kitchen appliances and gadgets, health and wellness devices, and irrigation and other outdoor products can be connected to the IoT cloud using only a smartphone or other mobile device. As a result, PaaG extends IoT cloud connectivity to more kinds of products—and for Bluetooth products already leveraging an IoT cloud through a gateway, PaaG simplifies the cloud connectivity and provides access to the Ayla IoT platform’s full range of robust IoT services.

“Without a separate IoT gateway to provide connectivity to an IoT cloud, manufacturers of locally controlled Bluetooth products have been missing out on the most important benefits of the IoT: harnessing IoT data to help them improve their products faster, offer value-added services to their customers and discover new revenue channels,” said David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. “Our phone-as-a-gateway feature provides an easy, seamless way to use mobile phones to take IoT data generated by Bluetooth devices and transmit it directly to the cloud.”

The issue addressed by Ayla’s phone-as-a-gateway feature is that many connected products use Bluetooth connectivity and a mobile application to enable end users to set up, manage and control the products. But Bluetooth does not support the IP protocols required for Internet—and therefore IoT cloud—connectivity.

Traditionally, smart home products have achieved IoT cloud connectivity by taking advantage of an existing Wi-Fi network, with Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave and other non-IP-supporting networking protocols gaining access to the Wi-Fi network through a hardware gateway that plugs into a Wi-Fi router. However, many Bluetooth-enabled products are too small, inexpensive or numerous to warrant an IoT gateway, or they operate beyond the range of the smart home network. Without a practical, inexpensive way for Bluetooth products to gain access to the cloud, their smart connectivity remains local—and manufacturers have no way to leverage the IoT data generated by their products.

Manufacturers can use Ayla’s PaaG to connect both existing and future Bluetooth products to the Ayla IoT cloud with a simple mobile app update, which allows the mobile device to handle cloud connectivity using its own Wi-Fi or cellular connection. As a result, entire new classes of smart products can use the IoT cloud without adding any cost or effort to manufacturers.

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