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Tuya at CES 2019: Biggest IoT Framework U.S. Has Never Heard Of

January 10, 2019 / Julie Jacobson

It's CES 2019, and the smart-home junkies are checking out the biggest brands in home automation—Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Tuya ....Yes, Tuya is perhaps the biggest home-automation company Americans have never heard of. The Chinese giant has IoT-enabled some 30,000 devices from over 3,000 manufacturers. Over 100 million Tuya-powered products are deployed worldwide. Tuya is not a standard like Z-Wave. It's not a chip-maker like Silicon Labs. It's not a smart-home app like SmartThings. It's not a connectivity engine like IFTTT. It's some and all of the above. While most Tuya-enabled products are Wi-Fi today, the company also supports ZigBee, Bluetooth and GPRS wireless protocols, with Z-Wave (we hear) coming soon. Manufacturers can bring any of their own bits and pieces, but Tuya could instead do all the heavy lifting for one tiny per-device licensing fee.