LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Phyn, a joint venture between industry giants Belkin International and Uponor, a leading supplier of plumbing for residential and commercial spaces worldwide, is bringing home water use into the digital age with the debut of Phyn Plus, smart water assistant + shutoff. Phyn Plus is a smart water monitoring system that protects families and their homes from leak damage with unmatched accuracy and reliability.
In the U.S., more than a trillion gallons of clean water get wasted through leaks every single year.* Homeowners are often alerted to leaks and water damage days or weeks after it has started, which is too late and can be both costly and traumatic. From the moment it is installed, Phyn Plus monitors and measures tiny fluctuations in water pressure to detect and alert homeowners the moment a leak is identified, mitigate costly damage through automatic shut off, and diagnose potential problems in plumbing systems before they become an issue.
“Water is our most precious natural resource and an essential part of our daily lives. However, it is often underappreciated and the plumbing system that conveys it, overlooked. We have invested over a decade of R&D, sensing and deciphering water’s digital fingerprint and mapping the complexities of water systems,” said Ryan Kim, CEO of Phyn. “Backing from global leaders Belkin and Uponor has enabled us to bring the most accurate leak detection solution to market while also allowing us to quickly scale and introduce new features that add value and enhance the consumer experience.”
Built on the Most Robust Technology
Phyn’s groundbreaking water sensing technology was initially conceived at the University of Washington and acquired by Belkin almost a decade ago. Since then, countless hours and millions of dollars have gone into the development, testing, and refinement of the Phyn Plus solution. The technology has been refined in the lab and perfected in hundreds of homes. Leveraging the best of Belkin’s Wemo and Linksys platforms, Phyn combines advanced machine learning with the latest pressure sensor technology to provide a simple, safe and most reliable leak detection solution.
- HD Pressure Sensing. Phyn measures micro changes in pressure – 240 times a second – to fingerprint the unique signatures of each fixture and catch plumbing issues ranging from the smallest pinhole leaks to faucet drips and frozen pipes.
- Algorithm. Advanced algorithms that analyze multidimensional sensor data from pressure, flow, and temperature sensors provide a high definition view of a home’s plumbing system that accurately determines whether something is a leak or normal water usage. Phyn uses a state-of-the art ultrasonic flow sensor custom engineered by Badger Meter, a global leader in flow measurement and control technology with more than 110 years of water metering expertise and innovation.
- Deepest Data Set. Through an extensive year-long pilot, Phyn collected over 10 billion data points across 10 million water events such as toilet flushes, shower and sink flows, irrigation and various leaks that trained the Phyn platform to accurately identify water activity and make Phyn Plus ready-to-go the moment it is installed.
Upon installation, Phyn learns about the homeowner’s personal water system and continues to get smarter over time. When Phyn notices a change in normal water usage, the mobile app will alert homeowners in real time and in the event of a major leak, like a pipe burst, turn off water automatically with its built-in shut-off valve.
“We have been following Phyn’s development from its early stages and featured it in several demonstration homes,” added Jacob Atalla, vice president of sustainability at KB Home. “We’re glad that Phyn, in collaboration with our longtime plumbing partner Uponor, is now reaching the wider market. We are enthusiastic about the launch of Phyn Plus and its potential to integrate smart plumbing into our evolving concept of a smart home.”
“Uponor has always been a strong supporter of the plumbing and building trades,” said Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “Now, with the help of this new venture into smart home technology, plumbers can position themselves as market leaders and build their businesses, while helping to advance the plumbing industry into the digital age.”
Pricing and Availability
Phyn Plus will be available for purchase starting late spring for $850 exclusively through the Uponor Pro Squad, a nationwide network of expertly trained plumbers and water specialists. At launch, Uponor Pro Squad members will be available in 30 key markets with the highest prevalence of leaks, water usage and aggressive water, including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington D.C, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Toronto, Minneapolis and more. Installation costs will vary by market.
Phyn is a CES 2018 Innovation Award honoree for the Smart Home and Tech For A Better World product categories. Phyn is exhibiting at CES at the LVCC, South Hall 3 – Booth # 30750.
Phyn is bringing intelligent water solutions to market that help people protect their homes, conserve water and save money. Built upon nearly a decade of research and patented technological innovation, Phyn is poised to change the way consumers interact with water and help solve the major challenges threatening the world’s supply of clean, healthy water. Phyn is backed by Belkin International, a global leader in consumer technology, networking and the Internet of Things, and Uponor, a leading supplier of plumbing for residential and commercial spaces worldwide whose North American headquarters are located in Apple Valley, Minn. The company is headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with a research and development lab in Seattle. To learn more, visit www.Phyn.com.