With Samsung losing momentum in areas like smartphones and tablets, the company announced today an ambitious bet on the Internet of Things as it seeks to regain momentum.
At the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Samsung officials unveiled a SmartThings Hub, which can be used to connect security cameras, smart thermostats, and other smart home gadgets. The hub was developed by SmartThings, the company Samsung acquired last year.
The hub, which costs $99, has a backup battery that lasts 10 hours, and can perform many functions between gadgets locally in the event that Internet connection is lost.
In addition, SmartThings has created the “Smart Home Monitor,” a system that operates around the hub to provide information about potential break-ins, smoke and fire alerts, and other household calamities via video clips and notifications that are sent to your smartphone.
SmartThings also updated its app for iOS and Android to simplify remote control of the smart home system. In addition, the SmartThings system now has more than 200 compatible partners, and the company said it has posted its smart home protocols on GitHub to allow other developers to make their devices compatible with the Samsung system.