LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2021 – IoT Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the world’s top Internet-of-Things companies, technologies and products, today announced that GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, has been selected as the winner of the “Smart Appliance Company of the Year” award for the third consecutive year in the 5th annual IoT Breakthrough Awards program.

In the past year, GEA drove IoT and smart home innovation through the development of its SmartHQ Solutions™ offering. SmartHQ Solutions is the first end-to-end smart solution that combines a suite of appliances and services and makes GEA the easiest appliance manufacturer to do business with, manage, use, and service. With SmartHQ Solutions, GEA is the first appliance manufacturer to offer a full suite of connected appliances and advanced digital solutions for distribution, management, service and the home.

SmartHQ Solutions include:

  • SmartHQ Distribution™ combines technology and infrastructure to reach 90% of the U.S. population on time and damage free.
  • SmartHQ Management™ is the first remote appliance management solution of its kind, allowing property managers to save time and money, increase productivity and enhance their guests’ experience.
  • SmartHQ Service™ is an industry-leading diagnostic technology that provides service technicians with the most advanced solution to diagnose and confidently repair products.
  • SmartHQ Home™ with more than 600 connected appliances across GEA’s brands– including appliance innovation leader GE Profile–boasts an open platform that enables integration with tech partners and brings all of GE Appliance’s products together in a simple SmartHQ app.

“We are digitizing our behaviors more than ever before in today’s world,” said Shawn Stover, VP of SmartHome Solutions for GE Appliances. “That’s why GEA was proud to roll out SmartHQ Solutions, the first suite of smart solutions that spans across the full product appliance lifecycle. We continue to look for ways to enhance the smart appliance experience for our customers and owners, and, as an example, our integration with Sonos wireless sound systems are not only an industry first, but more evidence of our commitment to being the smartest appliance brand. We also expanded our partnership with Amazon’s Smart Reorder and P&G’s Tide Autodose, offering more choice and flexibility for our owners.  We are incredibly proud to receive this industry recognition, and we look forward to continued success in driving the smart home industry even further in the future.”

The mission of the IoT Breakthrough Awards program is to recognize the innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT categories, including Industrial and Enterprise IoT, Smart City technology, Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car, and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,850 nominations from companies all over the world.

“GE Appliances continues to drive its smart home vision that simplifies its owner’s lives through appliance innovations, and they lead the smart appliance industry with a robust portfolio of products and services,“ said James Johnson, managing director at IoT Breakthrough. “GEA’s continued dedication to IoT innovation is transforming the lives of their customers, and we offer the entire GEA team a hearty congratulations for taking home the ‘Smart Appliance Company of the Year’ Award for 2021.”

GEA is inviting inventors, leaders, companies and start-ups to join them in designing the next generation of our appliance API. As the world changes, this continued collaboration on SmartHQ API will help GEA to expand its thoughtful integrations and portfolio of partners. If you are interested in partnering with GEA, please visit: www.smarthqpro.com.

About IoT Breakthrough
Part of the Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the IoT Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in Internet-of-Things technologies, services, companies and products. The IoT Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of IoT companies and products in categories including Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car, Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Smart City, Consumer IoT and more. For more information visit IoTBreakthrough.com.

About GE Appliances

GE Appliances, a Haier company, creates “good things, for life” through our passion for great appliances and the happiness they can bring to every household. With the Hotpoint, GE®, Haier, Café™, GE Profile™ and Monogram® brands, owners have more choices for making their kitchens and homes amazing each day. Our products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and water filtration systems. For more information, visit www.geappliances.com/our-company.

About SmartHQ Management

SmartHQ is an end-to-end smart solution that solves real-life issues that owners and partners face throughout the entire product lifecycle, including SmartHQ Distribution, SmartHQ Management, SmartHQ Home, and SmartHQ Service. With more than 60 years of experience dedicated to the builder channel, GE Appliances is the only manufacturer to unify smart technology, making us the easiest to do business with, manage, use and service. As the leader in smart technology, GE Appliances offers more than 450 connected appliances across brands, including GE Profile which leads in innovation by fully integrating with our consumers to provide better, faster results. To learn more, visit www.smarthqpro.com or download the SmartHQ app.