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智能家居称财险公司新兴投资领域

本月早些时候,亚马逊以超过10亿美元收购了智能门铃制造商Ring。而这也是瑞典锁具巨头Assa Abloy于2017年12月收购智能锁定创业公司August Home之后,智能家居行业整合浪潮中的一次最新动向。

Ring和August以前都获得过财险公司的支持。可以说,过去这些年财险公司都在积极与智能家居产业进行合作或投资,而这些获得投资或合作的创企也获得了不同程度的成功。例如,AmFam Ventures支持的Snupi Technologies在2015年底关闭之前将其WallyHome传感器技术出售给西尔斯。

目前来看,财险公司对智能家庭初创公司进行投资的角度并没有停歇,而防水监测则成为了一个新的投资热点。 USAA和加拿大P&C保险公司Intact最近分别投资了水利和洪水监测公司Flo Technologies和Alert Labs。与此同时,由USAA、Desjardins和Aviva等保险公司支持的智能漏水检测器初创公司Roost也开始与不同的保险公司展开分销合作,为其保险用户提供相应的Roost设备折扣。

Water leak monitoring has been an area of interest for smart home investment by insurers.

Earlier this month, Amazon acquired smart doorbell maker Ring for over $1 billion. The move came as the latest in a wave of consolidation hitting the smart home industry, after Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquired smart lock startup August Home in December 2017.

Both Ring and August were previously backed by P&C insurers, who have actively been partnering with and investing in smart home startups over the last few years.

Smart home startups backed by insurers have seen mixed success. AmFam Ventures-backed Snupi Technologies sold its WallyHome sensor technology to Sears before shutting down at the end of 2015, for example.

However, P&C insurers continue to make new investments into smart home startups, particularly in water leak monitoring. USAA and Canadian P&C insurer Intact recently invested in water and flood monitoring companies Flo Technologies and Alert Labs, respectively.  Meanwhile, smart water leak detector startup Roost, backed by insurers including USAA, Desjardins, and Aviva, has taken a partnership approach to distribution by working with different insurers who offer discounts on Roost devices to policyholders.


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