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Stelpro joins forces with three IoT leaders to develop Maestro

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Stelpro joins forces with three IoT leaders to develop Maestro® – Smart Thermostats an innovative integrated electric heating solution for Smart Homes

Montreal, January 30, 2017 – Stelpro, a leading Canadian 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 game changing Smart Home solution for electric heat that enables users to easily customize their home comfort experience while reducing heating expenses. The company announced the partnership agreement with Ayla Networks, Mirego and mnubo during the international AHR Expo being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“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.”

Coming together to bring this new product to the Smart Home market are California-based Ayla Networks which supports the IoT cloud service connectivity, Montreal-based Mirego which developed the mobile application and user interface, while mnubo, also from Montreal, will look 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 Mr. 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 360° comfort solution. For example, households will be able to easily configure customized activities and group heating devices together to seamlessly adapt room temperatures to their lifestyle and schedules. The geo-fencing capability will detect if someone is home and adjust the temperature accordingly, making you comfortable when you’re at home and saving energy when you’re away.

Maestro® – Smart Thermostats will also promote energy savings, thanks to the visual feedback provided by the user interface on the impact of heating choices as well as clear report on energy consumption history.

Easy to install and setup, Maestro® – Smart Thermostats can replace any existing line-voltage thermostat installation and its communication protocol is compatible with other smart home solutions. Stelpro’s new product development team partners said they were delighted to be involved in a project that promises to stand out in the electric heating industry.

“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.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Stelpro to bring to market an innovative line of IoT-enabled purpose-built smart thermostats,” said Frederic Bastien, Chief Executive Officer of mnubo. “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.”

“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.”

Since 1981, °STELPRO has offered a unique line of efficient and innovative heating products, thermostats, heating cables and HVAC, designed and manufactured in Canada and meeting the highest quality standards in the industry. The company employs over 450 people in two manufacturing plants. It manufactures and sells over 800,000 heating units annually (baseboards, convectors and unit heaters), making it the North American leader in the electric heating industry. Since 2014, °STELPRO is listed as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.
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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 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 Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture and SJF Ventures.
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About mnubo
mnubo is an IoT analytics company. mnubo extracts business value from IoT data by delivering outof-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 their object data. mnubo’s SaaS offering benefits customers in consumer, enterprise and industrial verticals.
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About Mirego
Mirego helps its clients innovate and reinvent themselves in order to prosper in the digital era. As a strategic partner, Mirego plans, conceptualizes and develops breakthrough digital products for clients such as Bell, Aldo, Bombardier, Familiprix and Rona. Its team of over 90 experts based in Montreal, Québec City and Toronto is one of the most experienced in Canada in terms of strategy, user experience and mobile app development with nearly 200 applications and transactional websites in assets since 2007. Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked Mirego no. 53 in the 2016 PROFIT 500.
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