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zonoff.com

Stage

Acq - Talent | Acquired

Total Raised

$35.8M

About Zonoff

Zonoff provides a software platform to channel partners like electronic device makers, service providers and retailers with well known consumer brands who, in turn, deliver "Connected Home" products and services to the consumer mass market. Zonoff's modular, cross-technology approach includes Home, Cloud and App Software which can be combined to deliver best-of-breed home automation, remote control, energy management and safety monitoring, ranging from entry level to comprehensive solutions. And beyond technology, Zonoff's commerce engine provides ongoing revenue opportunities as consumer's expand and upgrade homes.

Zonoff Headquarters Location

70 E Swedesford Road Suite 120

Malvern, Pennsylvania, 19355,

United States

484-466-6331

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Expert Collections containing Zonoff

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Zonoff is included in 2 Expert Collections, including Smart Home & Consumer Electronics.

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Smart Home & Consumer Electronics

1,195 items

This Collection includes companies developing smart home devices, wearables, home electronics, and other consumer electronics.

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Smart Cities

1,216 items

Smart building tech covers energy management/HVAC tech, occupancy/security tech, connectivity/IoT tech, construction materials, robotics use in buildings, and the metaverse/virtual buildings.

Zonoff Patents

Zonoff has filed 1 patent.

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Application Date

Grant Date

Title

Related Topics

Status

1/23/2013

1/26/2016

Automation, Building automation, Home automation, Building engineering, Production and manufacturing

Grant

Application Date

1/23/2013

Grant Date

1/26/2016

Title

Related Topics

Automation, Building automation, Home automation, Building engineering, Production and manufacturing

Status

Grant

Latest Zonoff News

Staples Connect hub is dead as IoT graveyard grows

Feb 26, 2018

Staples Connect hub is dead as IoT graveyard grows Staples Connect, the retailer’s smart home hub which promised to corral connected gadgets across multiple brands, has finally died, another casualty of the fiercely competitive Internet of Things. Launched back in late 2013, the hub was the centerpiece of Staple’s smart home platform. Rather than attempting to make every connected light, lock, outlet, and alarm, Staples Connect instead acted as a gateway to them all. So, for $99 you got a base station that could use Z-Wave to interact with numerous devices across a range of categories. Staples sold starter kits with bundles that included lights and remote-controlled outlets, for example, or home security systems with security cameras, door/window sensors, and connected smoke alarms. However, there was an impressively lengthy list of other devices from multiple manufacturers that could be paired with the box and controlled through Staple’s app. A follow-up hub added ZigBee and Bluetooth LE. Unfortunately, just as Revolv owners discovered, trusting a single hub to tie together everything in your home can be a problem if the manufacture of that gateway decides to pull the plug. Staples actually notified users back in mid-2016 that they would be discontinuing Staples Connect, handing over support of the system to Z-Wave Devices and smart home integration provider Zonoff in the process. The hub itself was to continue working, with Zonoff handling the server-side infrastructure that the Connect hub relied upon. Since then, however, the IoT landscape has changed. Zonoff’s staff decamped to Ring in early 2017, leaving the company to quietly shut down. Without that hand at the wheel, Staples Connect had nobody to maintain its device integrations and, more ominous still, no guarantee that the servers would stay alive. Now, The Digital Media Zone notes, Staples Connect’s cloud services have indeed reached the end of the line. Although some of the standalone integrations between devices – like turning on a light if a door is opened – may continue to work, the Connect apps and the web-based portal are no longer functional. In short, the hub is effectively dead. Staples Connect customers arguably had a better run of it than many would be smart home systems do. Trying to be a gateway for other products rather than an entire platform by yourself has advantages in that it means you don’t have to convince buyers to go all-in on your ecosystem. Instead, you have a wide variety of third-party products to pitch interconnectivity with. The problem with that, though, is that it’s those third-party device-makers that are getting paid as users’ home automation installations grow. If you’re not charging a subscription fee for your hub – a tough sell, given the variety of options on offer – then you need some other way to make an income since most people will only require a single hub. In Staples’ case, the goal behind Staples Connect initially appeared to be selling more IoT products in its stores. Unfortunately that failed to pan out, it seems, and Staples’ enthusiasm for the platform waned until it opted out altogether. Staples Connect users have had some time to get used to the idea, but this is unlikely to be the last smart home platform to go down in flames. Story Timeline

  • Where is Zonoff's headquarters?

    Zonoff's headquarters is located at 70 E Swedesford Road, Malvern.

  • What is Zonoff's latest funding round?

    Zonoff's latest funding round is Acq - Talent.

  • How much did Zonoff raise?

    Zonoff raised a total of $35.8M.

  • Who are the investors of Zonoff?

    Investors of Zonoff include Ring, Valhalla Partners, Grotech Ventures and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA.

  • Who are Zonoff's competitors?

    Competitors of Zonoff include Control4 and 5 more.

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