February 7, 2017
Stelpro, a manufacturer of integrated heating solutions, has teamed up with three Internet of Things (IoT) partners to develop and bring to market Maestro – Smart Thermostats, a smart home solution for electric heat that enables users to customize home comfort. The company announced the partnership agreement with Ayla Networks, Mirego and mnubo at the AHR Expo.
“Joining forces with these three IoT partners enables us to successfully develop and deploy a robust connectivity infrastructure for our new Maestro – Smart Thermostats while delivering a superior customer experience,” said Etienne Guay, Stelpro’s vice president, innovation and product development. “With the North American product launch scheduled for this fall, we are now extremely well positioned to break into the Smart Home market with this integrated solution for the many households that use electric heating devices such as baseboards, convectors and unit heaters.”
California-based Ayla Networks supports the IoT cloud service connectivity, Montreal-based Mirego developed the mobile application and user interface, while mnubo, also from Montreal, is looking after the data analytic and strategic insight components.
“Synergies created between our internal development team and our partners provided us with the momentum to reach the required level of expertise in building a state-of-the-art, scalable and secure IoT platform and mobile applications, while reducing time to market,” said Guay. “Maestro – Smart Thermostats represents the logical continuation of the many heating components developed by Stelpro in recent years and we are proud to bring them together in a personalized heating ecosystem.”
Maestro – Smart Thermostats act as a “conductor” allowing Stelpro’s heating devices to work in harmony and deliver a complete comfort solution. Households will be able to configure customized activities and group heating devices together to adapt room temperatures according to lifestyle and schedules. The geo-fencing capability will detect if someone is home and adjust the temperature accordingly.
In addition to reporting on energy consumption history, visual feedback is provided by the user interface on the impact of heating choices. The thermostats can replace existing line-voltage thermostat installation and its communication protocol is compatible with other smart home solutions.
“In developing its Maestro – Smart Thermostats Stelpro took a smart approach to creating IoT-connected products: they focused on their core expertise while working with partners to provide IoT cloud connectivity, mobile app development and data analytics capabilities,” said David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks. “As a result, Stelpro is getting to market fast with an innovative smart home solution that will enable people using electric heating devices in their homes to be more comfortable and use energy more efficiently.”
“Stelpro will leverage insights from mnubo to better understand product usage, enable personalization and deliver an enhanced customer experience. Stelpro will also benefit from mnubo’s IoT analytics expertise to drive brand engagement and help consumers derive maximum value from their connected products,” said Frederic Bastien, chief executive officer of mnubo.
“The team at Mirego is proud to partner with an innovative company like Stelpro to develop the mobile experience of Maestro – Smart Thermostats,” said Albert Dang-Vu, president and CEO of Mirego. “We believe that it is with cutting-edge digital products like this one that we can improve the daily life of people and the comfort of their homes.”
Stelpro has offered a line of heating products, thermostats, heating cables and HVAC, which are designed and manufactured in Canada, since 1981. The company, which employs over 450 people in two manufacturing plants, manufactures and sells more than 800,000 heating units annually including baseboards, convectors and unit heaters.
Ayla Networks simplifies the inherent complexity of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling manufacturers to turn products into smart connected systems. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla’s IoT platform provides flexibility and modularity, which allows rapid changes to most devices, cloud or app environment.
mnubo is an IoT analytics company that extracts business value from IoT data by delivering out-of-the-box insights and advanced IoT data science. It offers a SaaS solution to connected product manufacturers so that they can ingest, enrich and analyze object data.
Mirego plans, conceptualizes and develops breakthrough digital products for clients. Its team of over 90 experts, who are based in Montreal, Québec City and Toronto, has nearly 200 applications and transactional websites in assets since 2007.