Celebrating 10 Years of SmartThings
This month marks the tenth anniversary of SmartThings as an organization. Via our journey, we’ve got laid the inspiration for the following technology of the sensible dwelling, and we’ve got made vital shifts all for the good thing about our customers.
Because the early days, our purpose of creating a platform that each human being can use – and making each dwelling a sensible dwelling – has remained the identical. We’re pushed by the concept of accelerating IoT adoption for everybody and serving to customers the world over understand the advantages of a seamless and easy linked life.
Wanting Again the Progress We’ve Made
Years in the past, the concept of a sensible dwelling was extra of a novelty than a actuality. In 2011, Alex Hawkinson developed the concept for SmartThings after his household’s home in Colorado was extensively broken from an influence outage, inflicting tens of hundreds in repairs. Whereas the concept of a “sensible dwelling” was depicted in motion pictures and TV reveals, there was no actual resolution that would give customers an correct depiction of what was occurring inside their dwelling.
This was the idea of the corporate’s Kickstarter in 2012. The marketing campaign acquired over $1.2 million from 5,700 backers, attributable to a easy concept: including intelligence to on a regular basis issues would make life extra superior. The corporate was dedicated to altering the mindset about sensible dwelling know-how, demonstrating that knowledge about how individuals reside and what they do have the ability to resolve on a regular basis issues.
This caught on, and others started taking discover. In 2013, Wired highlighted SmartThings as a key chief within the rising sensible dwelling automation house, and we launched our first line of business merchandise at CES in 2014.
The chance to deliver SmartThings’ imaginative and prescient to tons of of hundreds of thousands of shoppers really got here to life when Samsung acquired SmartThings in August 2014 to speed up its linked equipment technique. With the backing of Samsung, making each dwelling a sensible dwelling was not a pipe dream – it was solely a matter of time.
Transferring Towards Mass Sensible Dwelling Adoption
Pushed by the purpose of reaching mass sensible dwelling adoption by way of a unified and clever dwelling expertise, we innovated from a single line of business merchandise into one of many largest built-in ecosystems.
In the present day, SmartThings works with tons of of suitable gadgets, together with lights, cameras, voice assistants, locks, thermostats and extra, by way of partnerships with main manufacturers like Amazon, Honeywell, Arlo, and Google Dwelling Assistant. The corporate has additionally introduced the groundbreaking sensible dwelling interoperability commonplace, Matter, into the SmartThings ecosystem.
In simply ten years, we’ve got risen to change into probably the most strong sensible dwelling IoT platform available in the market. We’re proud that SmartThings now has:
- 200+ international companions and the power to combine with hundreds of gadgets
- 800+ gifted staff throughout Samsung who’re devoted to SmartThings
- 15 classes of supported gadgets, from voice assistants to window remedy and extra
- 9 add-on providers within the SmartThings’ app at present, together with Air Care, Clothes Care, Cooking, Vitality, Dwelling Care, Pet Care, Sensible Lock Visitor Entry, Discover, and Dwelling Monitor
- 4.5 stars score within the Google Play Retailer and a 4.3 score within the iOS App Retailer
Wanting again on all that we’ve got achieved, we’re grateful to our great companions and builders. Good issues occur when gadgets speak to at least one one other, and with out our robust partnerships, creating significant connecting residing experiences wouldn’t be potential.
As we proceed the trail towards mass sensible dwelling adoption, we’re targeted on creating experiences with customers on the middle. Whereas options like SmartThings allow a extra linked residing expertise, customers are on the coronary heart of our enterprise – those who deliver sensible houses to life by supporting all their huge life moments. We’re excited in regards to the future and the chance to make sensible dwelling residing the norm for customers within the subsequent ten years and past.
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