South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung has revamped its smart home solution, SmartThings, an hub and app, allowing homeowners to add their devices and control them from another room or country.
SmartThings features sensor technology and video monitoring capability that can be used to control household appliances and fixture including lights, thermostats and doors and alert the homeowner to irregularities such as water leaks.
According to PC World, Samsung’s SmartThings hub has been redesigned to solve some of the reliability issues the previous models have experienced. The redesigned smart home solution makes it possible to perform tasks locally without any internet connection.
Some of the hardware improvements include a more powerful processor and battery backup lasting up to 10 hours in the event of a power outage. Its new video monitoring feature allows users to watch over and protect their home from anywhere in the world.
The video monitoring feature has buffering capabilities which lets the video recording start prior to the triggering event so users can see what caused the incident.
According to Alex Hawkinson, CEO and founder of SmartThings:“You’ll get a text, alert or video notification if there is smoke or anything else happens in your home. So you can act before it turns into a disaster.”
The South Korean tech giant has also revamped its SmartThings app. The redesigned app allows users to directly organise and control devices per room and customise actions based on pre-set routines.
In other Samsung news, the company’s energy storage solutions and electronic materials company Samsung SDI, has taken over a battery-making facility in Graz, Austria.
In February 2015, Samsung SDI acquired the battery pack business of Magna International, a global automative supplier, in a bid to boost the company's strength in batteries for electric vehicles.
The company also plans to use Magna’s existing presence in the automative market to grow a customer base in the fast-growing automotive battery markets of Europe, North America and China, said Namseong Cho, president and CEO of Samsung SDI.