Business – Connected home platform raises $3.8M to power your smart house


Imagine coming back to a home powered by technology. You open the door lock. It can talk to your light switch and turn out the light. Next, it talks to your thermostat and brings up the temperature you’re most comfortable with.

Zonoff, which provides home automation software solutions, raised $3.8 million in venture capital funding from Valhalla Partners and Grotech Ventures.

“This investment validates our approach in building a software platform for our channel partners, who are typically large, consumer-facing companies that have deep and trusted ties with consumers,” said cofounder and chief executive Mike Harris, who sold his earlier company, AnySource Media, to DivX in 2009.

AnySource Media was a software and services platform for Internet-connected consumer electronics devices.

Founded in 2011, Zonoff can enable smart devices, like HDTVs, Blu-ray players, wireless routers, and thermostats, present in your home to work seamlessly together and communicate with one other. Its core technology brings together a wide range of such devices available on the market in a single system.

“The important thing is connectivity and synchronization between those different devices,” Bob Cooper, chief marketing officer at Zonoff, told VentureBeat. “Our software is very widely embedded. It can reside in the control box, set top box, Wi-Fi router.”

With Zonoff, you can control everything with one app instead of using multiple apps to run different systems in the home, Cooper said.

The Zonoff platform consists of home, cloud, and app software that works with the its partners’ products to deliver home automation, remote control, energy management, and safety monitoring, ranging in solutions from entry level to comprehensive.

Zonoff built and powers Somfy’s TaHomA experience. The company is working two other customers: one, a large supplier in the new home industry, and the other, a large retailer, Cooper said, without disclosing names.

“With the new investment, we’ll be growing our technical staff as well as our support team and infrastructure,” said Cooper.

The Pennsylvania-based Zonoff has 18 employees.

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