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Water leak and freeze sensors designed by Meshify (Austin, Texas), the Internet of Things (IoT) subsidiary of specialty insurer HSB (Hartford), will connect through the new Amazon Sidewalk shared community network, making it easier and more affordable to help prevent property damage, HSB has announce
As part of the launch of Amazon Sidewalk, HSB says it will deliver its next generation Meshify Defender S smart sensor to a broader group of business owners, homeowners, and their insurers, who previously found it challenging to access the latest IoT loss prevention technologies.
“Working together, Meshify and Amazon Sidewalk will help fulfill the promise of IoT risk management for homes and businesses of all sizes,” comments Greg Barats, president, and CEO, HSB, part of Munich Re (Munich). “In the past, only industrial or large companies could afford commercial-grade IoT solutions. Now, every U.S. location in a town or neighborhood, with Amazon Sidewalk coverage, can take full advantage of our high quality, lower cost solution, and enjoy the loss prevention potential of IoT sensors protecting their property.”
Predict and Prevent Property Loss
Activated through the Meshify Protect app, HSB describes Meshify as sensors that monitor property around the clock to detect frozen pipes, water leaks, and other perils, issuing alerts when conditions require action.
Meshify Defender S will be one of the first devices that is qualified to use Amazon Sidewalk, the private, always-on community network, designed to connect billions of devices. Amazon Sidewalk creates a low-bandwidth network with the help of Sidewalk bridge devices, including Echo and Ring devices. The object, according to an HSB statement, is to make it easier and less expensive for HSB customers to install and use HSB’s Meshify sensors.
Democratizing IoT Sensor Technology
Once launched on Amazon Sidewalk, the Meshify Defender S sensor and its specially engineered algorithms will be more accessible to restaurants, medical offices, smaller commercial buildings, single-family homes, and other smaller location, the HSB statement says.
“Often, property is damaged by water and fire which may have been prevented if IoT technologies had been fully adopted by owners and their insurers,” comments John Riggs, CTO, HSB and president, Meshify. “By leveraging Amazon Sidewalk’s ability to provide long-range, low-bandwidth connectivity with extended battery life, we can democratize these applications for small businesses, towns, and neighborhoods, providing cost-effective and secure IoT solutions to more places than ever before.”