SmartThings is an open platform for smart home and consumer IoT. SmartThings developed a cloud platform, a client APP, and a hub that includes a gateway and a home control center. It is an advanced smart home device connection solution. It was acquired by Samsung in August 2014.
SmartThings is an Internet of Things company. In 2012, SmartThings spent a year building a smart home access platform and connecting with app developers and hardware manufacturers to enable them to develop products on the platform. Users use SmartThings’s central manager to implement mutual communication between devices, and can remotely manage and control home devices.
Currently, SmartThings’ main products include the free SmartThings app, SmartThings Hub, and various sensors and smart devices.
SmartThings native mobile APP allows users to control, automate and monitor their home environment from mobile devices. The APP is configured to meet the needs of each user. The APP’s SmartSetup area is accessible from the application’s dashboard, making it easy to add new devices. Customers can use the APP to connect multiple devices at once or configure one device at a time along a dedicated path. The SmartThings hub connects directly to the user’s home’s Internet router and is compatible with communication protocols such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and IP-accessible devices. It is used to connect sensors and devices to each other and to the cloud, allowing them to communicate with the SmartThings native APP.
What Can SmartThings Do
The SmartThings app and Hub will connect to different sensors, locks, light switches, sockets, thermostats and other compatible devices in your home. These devices can then communicate with each other, giving users endless possibilities such as smart home and security.
Since SmartThings is compatible with hundreds of smart devices from various manufacturers, once you have the SmartThings Hub and the free SmartThings app, you can add many other popular smart devices to create a fully connected smart home and personal scene.
How Does SmartThings Work
SmartThings’ functionality is centered around the SmartThings hub, which is the hardware connected to the wireless router. When the hub is connected, the SmartThings hub will be connected to the Internet, allowing users to use the SmartThings APP to control home devices and even control home appliances when they are not at home.
SmartThings has released a SmartThings Device Kit.
- Object settings: After connecting the SmartThings hub, you can set the objects to be connected to the system. For example, currently SmartThings comes with a series of sensors in the kit, such as motion sensors, multi-sensors, and users can connect them to the hub to tell the SmartThings hub when you get home. The SmartThings APP can also be used as a sensor in a smartphone’s GPS system. The kit also includes a smart socket for controlling other devices, as well as a humidity sensor to alert you if water leaks. You can place these devices in the area of the house where you want to use them.
- SmartThings APP: When you place your sensors and smart sockets where you want them, the SmartThings app is used to let devices communicate with each other. You can configure it to be as detailed as possible, such as turning off the lights when you leave the room and turning on the lights in the room you entered. You can also create through configuration, such as programming sensors to turn up the heat in your house at a certain distance from your home.
- SmartThings Hub: The SmartThings Hub is the main unit of communication with all connected devices. The SmartThings application communicates with the SmartThings hub, and for better signaling, you can place it in the center of your home.
In addition, users can choose other devices to enhance the functionality of the SmartThings system. This includes activating garage door openers, door locks, stereo speakers, doorbells and more.
In order to compete for the entry point of smart home, Samsung acquired SmartThings. In the future, Samsung will also launch products that simplify the development of the platform, and the number of partners will continue to increase. Previously, Google acquired Nest (a manufacturer of smart thermostats, smoke detectors and other products), and Apple invested heavily in Construction company Echelon. Tuya, a global provider of artificial intelligence and network platforms, announced that it has cooperated with Samsung to promote intelligent solutions. The two parties will provide secure enterprise-grade end-to-end related infrastructure solutions, enabling network and development teams to control smart products from edge computing to cloud computing.
At present, Samsung’s core business is still focused on platforms, software and application products, and SmartThings is expected to have more mature development.