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The smart home ecosystem: Connecting life – The Morning

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Place all the world’s latest and most advanced smart devices in your home, it still wouldn’t make your home a smart home. For a home to be called a smart home, it actually needs to be smart. As the growing trend of urbanisation, ageing, and individual-oriented lifestyle continues, the expectation for smart homes is higher than ever.

Considering the fact that Samsung has been on the cutting edge of smart homes for a while with its aggressive investment in IoT, such as the acquisition of SmartThings, the high expectation of Samsung’s Smart Home is a fair one. Smart Home, a ‘connectivity’ based service, is basically a home version of IoT. Therefore, Samsung putting heavy emphasis on Smart Home at IFA 2014 served as a statement that it had established a foundation in this field, especially for the ‘Home of the Future’.

First of all, Smart Home users can control various home appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, and robot cleaner through an integrated application installed in your smartphone, smart TV, or gear devices. Smart Home can also give users peace of mind, because it allows users to stay connected to their home. Home is the most valuable asset for many people, therefore, we want to keep it as safe as possible. Since users can monitor and control their home away from home with Smart Home, they don’t have to worry about thawing frozen pipes after coming back from a long vacation; you can always have peace of mind.

But not just that. By having your home connected, you can see what’s going on in your home via the IP camera, check who went in and out by checking the logs on your digital door lock. You can also get notifications about who’s at your door so you can open the door for them, even if you’re away.

So all in all, by connecting all home devices and bridging it with other technologies, Smart Home creates an interactive environment that adapts to you. For example, if you select ‘Movie Mode,’ it automatically dims the lamp lights and activates the surround sound system to make an optimised environment for movie watching. While you’re watching your movie, you can get notifications on your screen about laundry being done, or people at your doorstep – so you can open the door.

Modern day human beings can universally agree on one thing – we want more time. And Smart Home can give us that. Samsung Smart Home App, a unified mobile app, allows users to control or monitor their home appliances in and out of the house. The fact that you can take care of certain chores, such as sweeping the room, or laundry, away from home saves you a tremendous amount of time and effort. All in one single app.

Not only the app, you can also use your devices to activate voice control. Simply say “clean the house” and your robot cleaner will start working. Say “light up bedroom” and the lights go on. Say “I’m going to bed” and the whole house will dim down automatically to get you ready for bed. A responsive home, for your convenience.

Samsung SmartThings, the premier technology enabling connected living and driving the future of IoT, recently unveiled further details about the integration of SmartThings Hub software into select 2022 Samsung Smart TVs, Smart Monitors, and Family Hub refrigerators. Shared at CES 2022, the incorporation of SmartThings Hub software allows seamless connectivity and control, igniting Samsung products into the command centre of the modern home. By providing new entry points to connected living for tens of millions of homes, consumers can easily turn their home into a smart home.

SmartThings Find, one of the standout features of the SmartThings ecosystem, enables Galaxy users to locate registered Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds quickly and easily using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies. It can also help find personal items such as keys, bags, and bicycles that have one of Samsung’s small, Bluetooth-powered Galaxy SmartTag devices attached.

SmartThings Find users can help others find lost or misplaced items by opting in via the SmartThings app. Since its launch in October 2020, more than 70 million devices have been registered and with a quick consent, 700 million Galaxy users can participate in the SmartThings Find network, making it one of the fastest-growing location services in the world.

Consumers are more willing than ever to embrace connected experiences within their homes, resulting in explosive growth and mass industry adoption. According to the 2021 Connectivity and Mobile Trends Survey issued by Deloitte, US households own an average of 25 connected devices, and consumers are increasingly prioritising ease-of-use, interoperability, and cost savings when making a purchase decision.

By integrating SmartThings Hub technology into select Samsung products, it is eliminating a barrier to entry and streamlining the entire process to enable consumers to create the connected home of their dreams.

With billions of devices already compatible with SmartThings’ rich ecosystem of partnerships, along with future support for the groundbreaking smart home interoperability standard, Matter, SmartThings is at the centre of creating a unified connected home experience.

The integration of the SmartThings Hub empowers users to get the most out of their Samsung devices by leveraging various smart home communication protocols. In addition to Matter, the built-in software will support connection over WiFi or Ethernet, which will enable communication among a wide range of smart devices. Additional connectivity to Zigbee devices will also be possible through an optional USB accessory.

The SmartThings mission has always been to create experiences that can make people’s lives better. To bring this mission to life, Samsung has doubled down on enhancing SmartThings technology and this is the next step in Samsung’s vision to make all homes connected. With the breadth of the Samsung portfolio and the open, versatile, and flexible platform offered by SmartThings, the Samsung products are uniquely positioned to deliver on the increasing demand for connected home devices that has been building since the start of the pandemic.


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