This month marks the tenth anniversary of SmartThings as an organization. By means of our journey, we have now laid the inspiration for the following era of the sensible dwelling, and we have now made vital shifts all for the advantage of our customers.
Because the early days, our objective of constructing 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 related life.
Trying 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 films and TV reveals, there was no actual answer that might 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 obtained over $1.2 million from 5,700 backers, as a consequence of 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 expertise, demonstrating that knowledge about how folks stay and what they do have the facility to unravel 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 area, and we launched our first line of business merchandise at CES in 2014.
The chance to convey SmartThings’ imaginative and prescient to lots of of tens of millions of consumers really got here to life when Samsung acquired SmartThings in August 2014 to speed up its related 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.
Shifting Towards Mass Sensible Residence Adoption
Pushed by the objective of reaching mass sensible dwelling adoption via a unified and clever dwelling expertise, we innovated from a single line of business merchandise into one of many largest built-in ecosystems.
At this time, SmartThings works with lots of of appropriate gadgets, together with lights, cameras, voice assistants, locks, thermostats and extra, via partnerships with main manufacturers like Amazon, Honeywell, Arlo, and Google Residence Assistant. The corporate has additionally introduced the groundbreaking sensible dwelling interoperability commonplace, Matter, into the SmartThings ecosystem.
In simply ten years, we have now risen to turn into probably the most sturdy sensible dwelling IoT platform available in the market. We’re proud that SmartThings now has:
- 200+ world companions and the power to combine with hundreds of gadgets
- 800+ gifted workers throughout Samsung who’re devoted to SmartThings
- 15 classes of supported gadgets, from voice assistants to window therapy and extra
- 9 add-on companies within the SmartThings’ app at present, together with Air Care, Clothes Care, Cooking, Power, Residence Care, Pet Care, Sensible Lock Visitor Entry, Discover, and Residence Monitor
- 4.5 stars score within the Google Play Retailer and a 4.3 score within the iOS App Retailer
Trying again on all that we have now completed, we’re grateful to our fantastic companions and builders. Good issues occur when gadgets speak to at least one one other, and with out our sturdy partnerships, creating significant connecting residing experiences wouldn’t be attainable.
As we proceed the trail towards mass sensible dwelling adoption, we’re targeted on creating experiences with customers on the heart. Whereas options like SmartThings allow a extra related residing expertise, customers are on the coronary heart of our enterprise – those who convey sensible properties 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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