GE Appliances, a Haier company, has created a new team – SmartHome Solutions – which aims to again transform the heart of the home and how owners experience the kitchen, laundry and many of life’s everyday moments. Shawn Stover has been named Vice President – SmartHome Solutions, and will serve as head of the new team. In his new role, Shawn will have responsibility for leading GEA’s overall SmartHome Solutions IoT strategy for all product lines, brands and services. Together, Stover and his associates will look to take GE Appliances’ already considerable technical capabilities and analytic skills to the next level and build more partnerships with leaders in the WiFi world, enabling more everyday solutions for today’s smart home buyers. GE Appliances’ Geneva voice assistant can talk to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, among other intelligent and interactive systems, and as more appliances connect to more applications and devices, it opens the door to a new generation of products and custom possibilities. The SmartHome Solutions team further plans to expand the Haier U+ Smart Life Platform in the United States. Through an open interface protocol, U+ creates a unified world where products from different appliance makers can connect freely and without barriers, allowing for “dialogues” across smart household brands by enabling a variety of products and services to communicate. Using the U+ platform, consumers have access to real-time information about their appliances on their mobile devices via a dedicated app.