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Riptide: Company Releases Smart-Building Solution Specially Designed For Small and Medium Businesses



Santa Barbara, Calif. — PRNewswire — Riptide, a developer of cloud-based building management solutions, recently announced a strategy of bringing automation and control to the 7 million small to medium businesses operating in brick-and-mortar locations more affordably, quickly, and easily than traditional building automation systems.

"Most multi-site small-business owners have little visibility or control over their brick-and-mortar locations when they aren't there," said Mike Franco, co-founder and CEO, Riptide. "They struggle with lights left on wasting energy, food spoilage because equipment failed, or people complaining that it's too hot or cold."

Riptide's Smart Building solution puts facilities management on autopilot. With Riptide, small-business owners can easily connect and control their most important building assets, including lighting, door locks, refrigeration, and heating and cooling. Riptide's solution automates operations with pre-programmed business rules that take necessary action or alert on issues. Riptide's solution can be implemented in hours, requires little or no training, and is affordable to even the most modest, small-business operating budgets.

About 7 million business establishments operate in 4.4 million small buildings across the United States. Preventing energy waste, food inventory losses, security breaches, poor indoor air quality, and uncomfortable conditions are all possible with automation.

For energy savings alone, The New Buildings Institute estimates potential savings in small buildings ranges from 27 to 59 percent. Yet, most small buildings lack automation and control to help prevent these issues. Traditional BAS were designed for large buildings with on-site engineers. Although industry giants such as Apple and Google are developing products for the home automation market, they typically lack business-grade features such as network security and multi-site management.

With Riptide's announcement, the company has made the benefits of automation accessible to small to medium businesses, thus providing the comfort, security, and management oversight necessary to maintaining the right building experience for customers, students, employees, and patients.

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