Amazon strengthens in smart home technology as the company is acquiring eero, a startup firm that developed internet routers which can be easily connected in home.
Amazon’s increasing strength in home automation
Smart home is essentially equipped with lighting, heating, electronic devices, security system that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. It incorporates advanced automation system to provide convenient and sophisticated living. Amazon’s primary home device is its own Echo smart speaker, powered by Alexa. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as home automation system. Amazon then expanded its portfolio in home automation with acquisition of Blink, which makes security cameras and Ring, a provider of doorbells outfitted with cameras and related devices. And the latest is eero, a startup firm that makes routers.
A startup no longer a startup
eero, a startup company established in 2014 in San-Francisco had pulled in some high profile investors in its early days. Currently eero provides a mesh router setup designed to overcome coverage issues and dead zones. Instead of single router device, they used multiple access points to cover whole apartment with a strong Wi-Fi signal and it’s all controlled by a smartphone app. The acquisition is certainly going to make it easier for Alexa compatible gadgets to set up.
Tie-up to make a difference
Acquiring eero will help Amazon to integrate the mesh networking system with its existing smart home products. eero will serve as a networking backbone. In 2016, eero unveiled its ability to work with Amazon’s Alexa products, including Amazon’s Echo smart speakers and now they are going to work hand in hand.
Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services said, “We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a Wi-Fi solution that makes connected devices just work, we have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers.”
While eero is also happy with the deal. It’s Co-founder and CEO Nick Weaver, said, “We started with Wi-Fi because it’s the foundation of the modern home. Every customer deserves reliable and secure Wi-Fi in every room. By joining the Amazon family, we’re excited to learn from and work closely with a team that is defining the future of the home, accelerate our mission, and bring eero systems to more customers around the globe.”