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pHin Says it's Smart Pool Time

By Maurice Nagle November 13, 2015

The hype surrounding the Internet of Things is reaching fever pitch. We are seeing an explosion of innovation and development that will one day make the projections of billions of connected devices a reality. We’ve seen smart refrigerators, thermostats and lighting changing the way we live, but what about the backyard?

Pool and hot tub owners understand the challenges in maintenance, from monitoring and testing chlorine levels to getting the temperature just right the experience can prove quite trying. A new company joining the IoT fray is Connected Yard, and its pHin service is primed and poised to connect you to your backyard.

Justin Miller, CEO and co-founder of Connected Yard explained to TMC at Editor’s Day Silicon Valley that pHin, the smart pool solution, starts with a device that floats in your pool or hot tub and monitors water chemistry 24/7, but this is only the beginning. The device sends notifications illustrating the chemical status of the pool or hot tub, and provides actionable insight.

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Miller exclaims, “We are simplifying pool and hot tub care. Everything is about leveraging technology to make things simple and easy.”

Connected Yard is making the management of your backyard as user friendly as possible. The user downloads the app, and everything needed for pool or hot tub maintenance is at the push of a button. pHin delivers a color coded pod system for chemical delivery, the app will notify the user when action is needed and direct how many of each colored pod is required to restore proper balance.

The app provides for any sort of action required. Connected Yard created a service network made up of precertifed agents. And, as an added benefit the firm pre-negotiated rates with all its service professionals.

The lead investor in the project is Playground Global, a firm working diligently with hardware experts to deliver exceptional products for its developing IoT program. Miller and his team plan to provide backyard lovers with an entire suite of smart backyard solutions ranging from monitoring propane levels and irrigation to outdoor lighting all connected via the same hub and accessed through the same app—all working in symphony to transform backyard care.

pHin is in the pre-order phase now, and is scheduled to ship end of Q1 2016. It pays to order no, as through the November 16th Connected Yard is offering an early bird special price of $399 ($100 savings). This includes the monitor, chlorine, shock, pH up, pH down—virtually everything needed for your pool or hot tub care.

It is a somewhat time-consuming and meticulous process maintaining a pool or hot tub, pHin alleviates the headache with the push of a button. Aquatic maintenance is only the first step in the journey to a smart backyard, and it’s not going to be a long trip.




Edited by Ken Briodagh
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