WeChat offers IoT integration in China with Ayla Networks

The Chinese social communication platform Weixin, offered internationally as WeChat, has announced IoT (Internet of Things) integrated with Ayla Networks.

Ayla, which offers comprehensive connectivity for any product via its IoT platform, is delivering a portal for the connected home that will allow manufacturers to quickly and easily get their products connected under the Weixin ‘mega’ app in China.

“Weixin is the go-to social, mobile and commerce hub for hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers who ‘live’ on Weixin for hours each day,” said Phillip Chang, Ayla Networks co-founder and general manager of Greater China. “Ayla’s new connected home portal means that these users can now use Weixin to control physical devices in their homes as easily as they now control their virtual activities.”

The Ayla IoT portal - or Proxy Service - on Weixin provides manufacturers with the technology they need to launch connected home products that are controlled by the Weixin app. Ayla now has added admin tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) that support Weixin integration to its IoT platform.

“Manufacturers in China using Ayla’s Weixin Proxy Service get to market with branded Weixin services faster and more cost-effectively, compared to doing their own mobile app development,” said Chang. Already, a number of manufacturers in China have used the Ayla IoT portal on Weixin to start developing Weixin-controlled products for the connected home.

The Ayla agile IoT platform encompasses device, cloud and mobile app connectivity. It allows manufacturers to get secure, reliable connected products to market with minimal time, cost and effort. They can then use the real-world knowledge gained from data generated by the connected devices to improve their product offerings and business operations.

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