The Opportunity

Electric Heating Solutions (EHS), a leading provider of electric heating systems identified a gap in the market for an WiFI (IoT) enabled, electric heater. The challenge EHS faced was to put together a team which could provide the hardware, firmware and software required to deliver such a product.

Compsoft Creative were commissioned to design and develop the software and worked closely with the other project partners; EHS and Newbury Innovation.Compsoft Creative designed and developed the Rio Heating mobile apps, server side applications and voice recognition apps to create a complete IoT ecosystem.


The Alchemy

The system needed to be of premium quality and user friendly. In addition to usability and quality of design, the solution needed to be robust and flexible. Compsoft Creatives’ elegant solution removes the complexity for the user through clever system design and down right clever coding. The web-based server components do the heavy lifting and processing allowing the user experience to be smooth and seamless.

Compsoft Creative designed and developed the complete IoT ecosystem for the Rio heater. This solution consisted of: Mobile apps for iOS and Android, Alexa Skill, Google Assistant task, Siri (Apple Home Kit) integration, a sophisticated server side web-application and custom MQTT broker application. These components all work together seamlessly to support complete control of the smart heaters.



The Awesome

The Rio Heating App is a world first in its class. It leads IoT forwards with its simplicity, reliability, affordability and accessibility. It is a best practice benchmark not only for smart home stand-alone heaters but also the entire IoT technological shift.

Since its mid 2020 release the Rio Heating app has been extremely well received. HomeKit Authority say “One of the fastest and slickest set-ups…simple and easy to understand…easy to use controls.” Take a look at their full review here. We’re also seeing a steady increase in active users and the custom MMQT Broker has been running at 99.9%. We are confident and excited to see this trend continue as sales and use of the heaters rise throughout the cooler months.

In the meantime we continue to work closely with Electric Heating Solutions to bring additional features and improvements to the Rio Heating ecosystem including energy usage monitoring. Watch this space!


From the offset, Compsoft have been fantastic in bringing the new innovative heater connected App to life. The app is now live and the support has continued at the highest level to make sure we deliver a cutting edge app to our customers.

David Tyrer, Director, Electric Heating Solutions (UK) Ltd

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