Alyt, a box to easily manage the smart home

A Turin start-up, based in Silicon Valley, has developed a platform, which is also a design object, able to make communicate any connected object

Published on 26 Apr 2016

Future smart home will not only be connected and smart yet easy to manage. Indeed in the hyper-connection of items, in the chaos of applications and products, in identifying compatible communications protocols, the consumer gets lost.

What would the smart home be without widespread adoption by persons? The years of home automation have shown that is not enough for a technology to exist to take hold among consumers: the user perceive it as meaningful, valuable, convenient.

Management simplicity, in such a set of devices can thus be a technological and business goal in itself, being the gateway for consumers to the smart home, made by safety, energy, air conditioning setting, entertainment devices, home automation and, in the near future, health and wellness

The Alyt business is managing the smart home. It is an Italian start-up (Turin to be exact) with headquarters in Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley, the best international market for finding “tech” investors by companies with a strong growing project.

Alyt looks like a well-designed device that encompasses the technology platform that will manage the smart home: hot spot to connect, even in 3G and 4G, any kind of smart object, from the roller shutters to the safety devices, from the washing machine to the electrical system , door closing, the refrigerator and the plants tray. By custom, the first device will be equipped with video surveillance cameras, sensors and other devices, even if the technology also interfaces with products of other brands.


Alyt is run via voice commands or a very intuitive mobile app, compatible with iOS and Android, the communication is safe thanks to the use of special encrypted protocols (the team is expert in military security). And is not enough: Alyt is able to learn the habits of its landlord, to use Google’s big data (for example those on traffic) and those of social networks, to get to anticipate our needs.

“For too many years home automation has developed closed proprietary systems, which bound the customers and the market. ALYT represents the real breakthrough for this sector. The possibility of a “communication” and interaction among each connected object regardless of the communication protocol applied, is a huge advantage for the end user, which must no longer wonder whether or not the device is compatible with the others, but only whether or not it can be useful. Another innovation from hardware point of view that results in the potentialities of the product, is the back-up, 3g and 4g communications, and intelligence battery, included also on-board and not just in cloud.

ALYT is not just a dumb box. Even without electricity or Wi-Fi coverage, it can continue to work and communicate worldwide. the intelligence in the hub is therefore able to host and manage directly third-party services.”, says Luca Gaetano Capula the CEO of the company

As often happens in the technology industry, simple product means and hides a lot of technology, top quality even through open collaboration with third parties. “The very openness to third-party services makes ALYT an extremely versatile platform with enormous potential, since it allows companies like Telco, utilities and insurance carriers, to have an ever-gateway on their customers, and according to their needs to convey targeted services.”

Alyt is essentially addressed to the consumer market, even if the company plans to develop its activities also to the insurance market, as explained to InsuranceUp by the CEO, Luca Gaetano Capula.

“ALYT allows the insurance company to have a timely and consistent insight into what happens in houses, offices or shops. A gas leak, a broken pipe, a fire, break-in attempts can be detected immediately and thus allow an intervention which limits or even cancel the damage for the customer and consequently the necessary compensation. As regards stores, shops and the like, it is possible to monitor refrigerated cells, or special environments which require a precise temperature or humidity, make report in case of anomalies and even require a technical intervention. They can be conveyed security services with much more affordable costs compared to traditional methods previously a prerogative only of the security companies, with extremely high costs. These are just some of the possible applications, the challenging element on which we focused is the ability to provide insurance with a tool which can generate smart value-added solutions that insurance companies can offer to their customers, to differentiate and expand their portfolio products or to increase the appeal of old insurance policies.”

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