South Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung has launched a new Internet of Things platform for the home called SmartThings. The platform features the SmartThings Hub that can bring WiFi coverage to homes up to 1500 square feet. Larger homes can use the Connect Home Smart WiFi System 3-pack. The company’s home IoT platform functions as the brain of the system that allows consumers to wirelessly connect and control numerous electronic devices.
Platform Lets Users Control and Automate Connected Devices
The platform lets users monitor, control, and automate a broad range of connected devices within the home. For example, users can set connected lights to turn on and off. This on and off switching of the lights can occur at the touch of a button, can be scheduled for the same time each day, or it can happen when windows and doors are opened, when motion is detected in the home, or when someone says “Turn on the kitchen lights.” The system is compatible with Philips Hue, Cree Connected LED Bulbs, Sylvania Color LED bulb, and Levitron Universal Dimmer.
Among the numerous devices in the platform, the company has introduced the SmartThings Outlet. According to the company, the outlet lets consumers control lights, electronics, and small appliances from anywhere within their homes. The unique outlet enables the system to trigger the turn on and off lights, electronics, and small appliances, from within their homes at various times of day, when doors are opened, when there’s movement in the house and more.
System Integrates Sensors
The system can integrate Samsung’s series of SmartThings Sensors. Among a wide variety of capabilities, these sensors can let people know when cupboards, windows, and doors are opened or closed, when there’s a water leak, and when there’s movement inside or outside the home.
Samsung also sells a number of kits that can integrate with the platform including the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, and the ADT Home Security Starter Kit.
All of these devices are controllable via the SmartThings app that can work on an Android or OSX smartphone. The devices are also controllable via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Watch, Garmin Watches, and Eve Connect. In addition to being compatible with lighting, switches, outlets, and sensors, the company says that the system can work with connected cameras and doorbells, electronic door locks, digital thermostats, and WiFi and BlueTooth-connected speakers.