What is it?
Samsung acquired SmartThings, the leading open smart home platform in August 2014. SmartThings lets you easily monitor, control, and secure your home from anywhere. Start with a Hub, and then add individual devices to customise your smart home. It is an open platform which means it has the potential to be connected to hundreds of other connected products from other manufacturers and developers. The hub supports Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi and is soon to support Bluetooth.
Samsung is a member of the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).
Samsung SmartThings Products
Samsung SmartThings has its own range of products, primarily sensors of various types (motion, moisture etc), plus a power outlet for controlling lights, electronics and small appliances. By supporting a large number of protocols however, SmartThings already works with a large list of other smart home products. Any ZigBee or Z-wave product can potentially work with SmartThings already, but there is also an official list of certified ‘Works with SmartThings’ partners. These include big-name brands like Philips Hue, Bose, Yale, Netatmo and D-Link.
SmartThings has been around a few years now and is well established in the market, and will continue to grow with the name of Samsung behind it. By supporting several protocols as well as itself being an open platform, allowing any product or service to connect with it, the potential product range is vast.
It’s a sound and well established product, but as with Insteon, it’s difficult to know at this stage how SmartThings will fair against the onslaught of Apple and Google.