Air by Propeller: Smart health company launches API that predicts local asthma conditions

Propeller Health, a sensor + software system helping people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or Asthma symptoms last month launched an API called Air by Propeller that predicts local asthma conditions.

Every morning Air predicts asthma conditions across the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 million Americans have asthma. This is 7.6 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children. Further, the CDC revealed that Asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s in all age, sex, and racial groups. Considering this, Propeller’s free API service can trigger a host of 3rd party services aimed at people with Asthma symptoms and self-education for millions of Americans going through COPD.

Propeller has FDA-cleared sensors that attach to your inhaler and track your asthma symptoms.

Air by Propeller is able to predict local asthma conditions based on a pre-trained machine-learning model. The mode was built on millions of days of anonymized data, including where and when people experience asthma symptoms and the environmental conditions at these times.

Third parties can integrate the API in their website (using Air widget) or standalone service. “Our culture brings together people who are passionate about health, passionate about technology, and passionate about inventing the future, and puts us to work to solve problems for people with the respiratory disease and for those who care for them,” said David Van Sickle, CEO, Propeller.

People with asthma symptoms can subscribe to Air by Propeller’s SMS or email notifications.

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Banyan Water releases water conservation product that uses smart controllers

Banyan Water, a water-management company that utilizes on-site hardware and an analytics engine to help commercial real estate companies save water costs released Banyan Water Central (BWC) 3.0. It is a suite of water management software and services.

Banyan Water Dashboard

BWC 3.0 is an enhanced version of Banyan’s existing solution called ‘Irrigation Insight’. Though originally designed for large properties only, the newly released version also helps smaller properties to reduce irrigation water use.

How does it work?

BWC 3.0 utilizes a property’s existing irrigation system by installing smart controllers, flow monitoring devices, and weather tracking technology on it. The Banyan software triangulates the data (water saving goals, watering schedules, and weather patterns) and helps provide the optimal amount of water use.

The solution also detects water leakage and alerts customers about the situation. It can be used to remotely shut off the irrigation system.

Banyan Water’s key use cases include tracking and analyzing water usage, real-time leak detection, and indoor water tracking, and optimizing cooling-tower’s water usage. It’s customers mainly belong to retail and hospitality, multifamily and student housing, Fortune 500 firms and commercial real estate properties.


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IoT platform Ayla Networks announces $60M Series D financing

Aylya Networks, an IoT Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) company announced that it has raised $ 60M in Series D financing.

The round was led by Run Liang Tai Fund (RLT) and Sunsea Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

PaaG Architecture Diagram

The company doubled down on the funding path as it previously raised $ 39M Series C in June last year. The current financing brings Ayla Network’s total equity funding to approximately $ 124M since its launch in 2010.

The company will use the latest proceeds to expand platform capabilities and to grow the ecosystem which includes application providers and channel partners.

Ayla focuses on the leading product manufacturers enabling them to make their products internet-connected via Ayla Network’s PaaS. Its end-to-end software runs across devices, the cloud, and applications to provide internet connectivity and device analytics. The Wi-Fi modules of leading hardware vendors have pre-built Ayla embedded agent. The Ayla Cloud provides a managed service where customers can track their ‘connected deployments’.

“Ayla has amassed more than 100 large enterprise customers by solving their challenges regarding how to securely connect, manage and apply intelligence to all of their connected devices and sensors.”David Friedman, Ayla CEO and co-founder

Ayla has adopted a ‘mobile-first’ approach. The company offers mobile application libraries containing APIs. The APIs can be used to create iOS and Android apps for Ayla-enabled products.

Another ‘platform-based’ company connecting consumer products to the internet is Evrythng. It raised $ 24.8 million Series B funding in March this year. You can view of overview of Ayla and other platform providers here.


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IoT and M2M connectivity company Globetouch closes $40M Series C

Globetouch, a company providing IoT/M2M connectivity for connected vehicles and original equipment manufacturers raised a $ 40M Series C round this week. Hermes Growth Partners, Spark Telecom Ventures and Wholesale and Impact Venture Capital participated in the latest round.

GStack Platform

Customers can use the Globetouch GStack platform to deploy IoT/M2M services. Its client based includes mobile operators, M2M service providers, MVNOs, OTT providers, connected devices OEMs, and device distributors.

Other core products of Globetouch are GConnect, GControl, and GFusion. The company uses the GStack platform to host multiple use case apps for IoT connectivity.

IoT Applications

The startup boasts having customers such as Huawei, Verizon, Volvo Eicher, and HP. Globetouch also acquired two companies since last year. It acquired Teramatrix Technologies, an M2M & IP infrastructure monitoring company in June this year. Before Teramatrix, Globetouch also acquired Fogg Mobile, a startup creating services for IoT.


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TempAlert bought by Digi Intl. for $45M cash

Digi International, the maker of RF modules, gateways, cellular routers and other IoT/M2M connectivity products announced last week that it has acquired TempAlert, a startup offering remote temperature monitoring system for $ 45 million in cash plus future earn-out incentives.

TempAlert Wireless Sensor and Screen

TempAlert is the fourth startup Digi has acquired over the past two years. The acquisition streak started with the company acquiring cloud computing service provider Etherios back in Nov 2015 for $ 20M followed by two more acquisitions i.e. FreshTemp and Smart Temps in Nov 2016 and January this year respectively.

The high-profile acquisition of TempAlert, the most expensive of the four buyouts signifies Digi’s consolidation of its ‘connected cold-chain’ practice. At the time of acquisition, TempAlert had 20,000 customers using its temperature monitoring solution.

The solution consists of a suite of wireless sensor devices, a cloud-based monitoring dashboard, and an analytics and reporting module. The sensor suite consists of a rugged casing that contains temperature sensors accompanied with cellular/Ethernet gateways that act as the connection hub for all wireless sensors.

TempAlert’s dashboard

“The acquisition of TempAlert doubles our Smart Solutions team to over 100 professionals, allowing us to offer our customers unprecedented domain expertise and support.”
Ron Konezny, president and chief executive officer, Digi International

Interestingly, another company called Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications offered, and later rescinded its offer to acquire Digi International.


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