The concept of a smart home is getting closer to the widest range of consumers. Their use actively includes devices that allow both remote control and status monitoring via an Internet connection. Both washing machines and climatic equipment received this functionality. Even vacuum cleaners have become robotic. Currently, in terms of its development dynamics, the IoT (Internet of Things, Internet of Things) sphere is even ahead of many other areas in the information technology market.
One reason for this rapid growth has been the widespread adoption of Wi-Fi connectivity instead of proprietary protocols. Thus, the restrictions associated with the complexity of integrating such solutions were removed. You must admit that today there are wireless routers in almost any home, so it is not difficult to include any device with a built-in Wi-Fi adapter in a local wireless network.
Towards this, companies such as Ariston are providing a wide range of smart home connectivity solutions. The new generation devices from this manufacturer include remote control capabilities that not only expand functionality but also improve energy efficiency. Let’s us see what it gives not only to the end consumer but also to the business.
Quite often, the consumer seeks to choose the most affordable household appliances that meet the requirements for functionality and reliability. But there is also such an important factor as the total cost of ownership. To support users, Ariston has introduced the Arison NET Connectivity technology into its smart home devices for heating and hot water supply applications. Let’s consider the possibilities it provides using the example of the new generation Velis Evo Wi-Fi water heaters.
Structurally, the Velis Evo Wi-Fi water heater is made in a compact body with a depth of no more than 27 cm. Its modern design allows both horizontal and vertical placement, which opens up the possibility of embedding in almost any environment. The device is available in volume options of 50, 80, and 100 liters. Still, the key feature of the model is the presence of a built-in controller with a Wi-Fi adapter. It interacts remotely with the mobile app. Unlike conventional water heaters, which are constantly on, the controlled one works according to the schedule set by the owner. This significantly reduces energy consumption, which is especially important in the context of the constant growth of tariffs, which has been observed recently both in our country and in Western Europe. Nevertheless, no matter how carefully the thermal insulation of the hot water tank is, energy losses of a constantly switched-on device during a non-working period are simply inevitable. If you do not completely exclude them, then remote control through the Ariston Net mobile application is intended to significantly reduce.
How Ariston Net Mobile app works
The tool provides the user with several modes, ranging from manual on / off, and ending with the creation of a weekly schedule. In this case, the device can receive notifications about the achievement of the required temperature of the water in the tank, estimates of the time of readiness for operation, as well as warnings about possible failures of the device.
Among the capabilities of the Ariston Net mobile application, it is worth noting the reports generated in it on the device’s energy consumption for certain periods (day, week, month, year), as well as recommendations for improving energy efficiency.
In addition to end-user benefits such as convenience and improved energy efficiency, Connectivity Arison NET also enables remote diagnostics. This means that the manufacturer’s service partners will be able to ensure the smooth operation of the solution without additional efforts, simply by receiving notifications of possible failures. In this case, a service engineer on call will be sent with the necessary spare parts.
The connection procedure using the Connectivity Arison NET technology is very simple and includes three steps: setting up the configuration for connecting to Wi-Fi, registering an account, and then connecting the device and the consumer to the service. As you can see, everything is very simple, without requiring any complex manipulations from the service personnel.
It’s also worth noting that in response to the fast-growing global smart home trend, Arison continues to invest in expanding ready-to-connect solutions. And here, as representatives of the company note, the task is twofold: to increase the number of connected clients and ensure constant interaction with them. Obviously. that ensuring long-term customer loyalty is possible by achieving a high level of user satisfaction, as well as constant use of services with the ability to connect for a long time. At the moment, the company has three such services:
- Ariston NET is a consumer application that allows you to remotely manage space heating and water heating solutions, reducing energy consumption, and continuously monitoring the system performance. Actually, the service and application that we reviewed
- Ariston NET PRO is a remote web support platform for professionals that allows you to increase operational efficiency while increasing your customer base and increasing customer loyalty.
- Ariston NET OPEN is a new and more innovative approach that paves the way for the interoperability and integration of connected Ariston services into web and mobile applications, as well as third-party products.
In regard to support
- 50% of support centers reported an increase in turnover associated with Ariston NET Pro and remote diagnostic service
- 80% of support centers state that their maintenance work has become more efficient due to lower demand for support calls, resulting in significant time savings.
In the context of the development of a smart home, it is important to ensure interoperability, as well as the use of unified interfaces. For example, the products of the manufacturer in question support Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, and Google Assistant through Ariston NET, which allows integrating the company’s systems with leading smart home platforms.
Another important point in the implementation of digital tools requires maintaining a high level of security of the software and services used. In 2015, Ariston created a dedicated organizational unit that focuses on the cybersecurity of the company’s products.