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Resideo Adds Water Leak Prevention to Portfolio With Buoy Labs Buy

The Buoy Labs smart home software sends an alert to a potential leak and shuts off the water, automatically or via the app.

AUSTIN, Texas — Resideo Technologies (NYSE: REZI) has acquired Buoy Labs, the provider of a WiFi enabled smart home solution that tracks the amount of water used in a home, for undisclosed terms.

The Buoy Labs solution integrates smart software and hardware that can identify potential leaks and intervene to prevent them through its subscription-based app services, according to an announcement.

The acquisition is part of Resideo’s “vision to provide whole home management through four areas — comfort, security, air quality and water usage,” states Mike Nefkens, president and CEO of Resideo. “Buoy Labs is the first move in our ongoing strategic initiative to identify and execute on tuck-in acquisitions. Their products and talent are a natural fit for Resideo’s portfolio of professionally installed and monitored smart home solutions that integrate the critical systems of the home.”

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Buoy Labs is the first acquisition by Resideo since it became a standalone, publicly traded company following its spinoff from Honeywell in 2018. Privately held Buoy Labs was founded in 2015. The company’s Buoy product is professionally installed by a plumber to a home’s main water line, either outside or inside the home, and can be powered by an outlet or battery.

The app actively analyzes water use in the home, providing reports to the homeowner or their contractor of choice. Its software sends an alert to a potential leak and shuts off the water, automatically or via the app.

“As a startup, Buoy helped to create a smart home category for home water management and whole home leak detection,” says Niccolo de Masi, Resideo’s president of Products and Solutions, and chief innovation officer. “With Resideo’s presence already in more than 150 million homes, Buoy will benefit from our existing solutions in the home, our strong manufacturing capabilities and contractor network in meeting the growing water market demand.”

In the announcement, Resideo cites industry studies that estimate homeowners’ insurance companies pay more than $9 billion in water damage claims annually, with an average of $9,000 per claim. Those studies estimate that more than 93% of claims could be avoided by using a leak detection device with remote shutoff.

Buoy Labs is piloting its technology through an innovative partnership with a large U.S. insurance company. The company’s product and app complements Resideo’s Honeywell Home Water Leak and Freeze Detector that can provide early warning of a leak or drop in temperature to help avoid expensive repairs or losses within a home.

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