Samsung has revealed the SmartThings Hub, a central unit designed to connect, monitor and control domestic Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The SmartThings Hub was showcased at the IFA trade show in Berlin, and is designed to remotely monitor and control internet connected gadgets and services from one place.
The device sits at the centre of Samsung’s £200 SmartThings Starter Kit, which contains the Hub, a motion sensor to detect movement around a home, a multi-sensor to monitor whether doors and windows are open, a presence sensor to track people and pets entering or leaving the building, and a power outlet to control small appliances, lighting and other home electronics.
Connecting all the components to the Hub allows control of IoT devices from the SmartThings app, which will also send alerts when the occupant is out.
Samsung described the SmartThings Hub as the heart of a smart home. “It connects wirelessly with hundreds of compatible smart devices, allowing you to monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere,” the company said during a keynote at IFA.
The Starter Kit is part of Samsung’s SmartThings connected home ecosystem, which is effectively the company’s play for the IoT arena and in many ways an extension of its work with smart televisions and network connected speakers and cameras.
The Kit will work with IoT devices from other manufacturers, meaning that people who have already invested in setting up a connected home need not start afresh if they wish to tap into the SmartThings ecosystem.
The SmartThings Hub is available now in the US, and will be launched in the UK in the coming weeks.
Samsung also has plans to extend the SmartThings ecosystem beyond the connected home and into the automotive world.
The firm is already working with BMW and Volkswagen to explore connectivity between cars and devices such as smartwatches and smartphones.
Samsung has plans to integrate the SmartThings Hub directly into the dashboard of BMW cars, which should enable drivers to check on the technical status of the vehicle and lock it remotely.
Samsung’s efforts in the IoT world have also extended into creating chips to power connected devices as seen with the recently launched Artik IoT platform.