LAS VEGAS, Feb. 19, 2019 — Phyn and Uponor, the companies behind Phyn Plus Smart water assistant + shutoff and the Uponor Pro Squad, recently announced that its industry-leading water monitoring and leak detection innovation is now even smarter with the introduction of a B2B multi-property dashboard as well as several new features designed to improve the user experience and make homes safer. The device will also be commercially available in Europe beginning next month.
“Since introducing Phyn Plus to our industry just one year ago, several exciting enhancements have been made, further solidifying the brand positioning as the smartest, smart water leader in the residential building market,” says Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “And, with the introduction of our multi-property Phyn Dashboard, we have robust tools for builders, and property managers to get smarter about their water use to more efficiently run their businesses.”
The Phyn Dashboard The Phyn Dashboard, the first B2B offering from Phyn, is a web-based portal that allows builders, homeowners associations, property management companies, insurance providers, utilities and more to understand water use, mitigate losses from leaks and address water conservation and sustainability mandates across their portfolios. Managers can spot trends and efficiencies as well as mitigate leak damage by shutting off water remotely until a maintenance staff can arrive. The Phyn Dashboard is currently in pilot with select partners and will be available in spring 2019.
Freeze Alert When the temperature drops, the water pressure slowly rises as ice crystals begin to form inside plumbing pipes. Phyn Plus sends alerts related to freeze pressure build-ups anywhere in the home before they lead to pipe bursts. Other leak detectors use a built-in temperature sensor to indicate the water is cold where the device is located, often in a utility closet or basement that may be warmer than an exposed pipe on the other side of the property.
Amazon Alexa Voice Commands The smart home capabilities of Phyn Plus have been expanded through Amazon Alexa voice commands. Homeowners can now ask Alexa to provide updates on their water consumption and even turn on and off their water using their voice. Integration with Google Home will be available in Q2 2019.
Water Use Plus Via a new app feature called Water Use Plus, homeowners now receive unprecedented insights about water consumption by fixture type (i.e. showers, sinks, toilets, irrigation, washing machine, etc.) throughout their homes.
Expanding into European Markets Phyn Plus will be introduced to the European market at ISH in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 11, 2019. The device will be initially available in Finland, Sweden, France and Spain, with more countries to follow in the near future. ISH is the world’s leading trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy for buildings. The device will sell for €799 (approx. $900 USD) incl. VAT + installation, through the professional network of Uponor plumbing partners and water specialists.
“We are delighted to bring Phyn Plus into the European market with support of our experienced plumbers and water specialists’ network,” says Jyri Luomakoski, president and CEO, Uponor. “Phyn’s superior intelligent water technology enables Uponor to deliver exceptional smart home water monitoring across Europe and to proactively help homeowners advance their plumbing into the digital era.”
Phyn Plus Background Phyn Plus, Smart water assistant + shutoff is an innovative water monitor installed in one location on the main water line of a home. Utilizing Phyn’s patented machine learning technology, the device measures tiny changes in pressure – 240 times a second – to detect plumbing issues (i.e. freezing pipes, pinhole leaks or catastrophic bursts) in real time and can remotely shut off the main water supply to prevent costly damage. The device also monitors an entire plumbing system, providing insights into how much water is consumed by fixtures throughout the home, so actions can be proactively taken to conserve and save.
Uponor Pro Squad Background The Uponor Pro Squad is a nationwide network of expertly trained plumbers and water specialists interested in leveraging the intelligent water technology of Phyn Plus to grow their businesses. Professionals interested in joining the Uponor Pro Squad ranks apply for consideration via a dedicated website. After being validated and accepted into the program, authorized installers will receive comprehensive training related to proactively promoting, effectively selling and expertly installing the Phyn Plus device. Ongoing plumbing and technical support is provided by the experts at both Uponor and Phyn to help members leverage the device’s features and benefits to grow their businesses.
About Uponor We mean progress. Uponor, Inc. is focused on progressing its business, the plumbing trade and construction industry through education, advocacy and innovation. It is an award-winning provider of plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping and pre-insulated piping systems for residential and commercial applications. North American operations are based in Apple Valley, Minn., with global headquarters located in Finland. The company employs more than 4,000 worldwide. uponorpro.com
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 a joint venture of Belkin International, a global leader in consumer technology, networking and the Internet of Things, and Uponor. The company is headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with a research and development lab in Seattle. phyn.com