April 12, 2024

This month marks the tenth anniversary of SmartThings as an organization. Via our journey, now we have laid the muse for the subsequent era of the good dwelling, and now we have made vital shifts all for the good thing about our customers. 

Because the early days, our aim 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 thought of accelerating IoT adoption for everybody and serving to customers the world over understand the advantages of a seamless and easy related life. 

Wanting Again the Progress We’ve Made 

Years in the past, the thought of a sensible dwelling was extra of a novelty than a actuality. In 2011, Alex Hawkinson developed the thought for SmartThings after his household’s home in Colorado was extensively broken from an influence outage, inflicting tens of 1000’s in repairs. Whereas the thought of a “good dwelling” was depicted in films and TV reveals, there was no actual answer 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 obtained over $1.2 million from 5,700 backers, on account 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 good dwelling know-how, demonstrating that information about how folks reside 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 good dwelling automation area, and we launched our first line of economic merchandise at CES in 2014. 

The chance to deliver SmartThings’ imaginative and prescient to a whole lot 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 Good Residence Adoption 

Pushed by the aim of reaching mass good dwelling adoption by means of a unified and clever dwelling expertise, we innovated from a single line of economic merchandise into one of many largest built-in ecosystems. 

At this time, SmartThings works with a whole lot of appropriate units, together with lights, cameras, voice assistants, locks, thermostats and extra, by means of partnerships with main manufacturers like Amazon, Honeywell, Arlo, and Google Residence Assistant. The corporate has additionally introduced the groundbreaking good dwelling interoperability commonplace, Matter, into the SmartThings ecosystem. 

In simply ten years, now we have risen to develop into essentially the most sturdy good dwelling IoT platform out there. We’re proud that SmartThings now has:    

  • 200+ world companions and the flexibility to combine with 1000’s of units 
  • 800+ gifted staff throughout Samsung who’re devoted to SmartThings
  • 15 classes of supported units, from voice assistants to window therapy and extra
  • 9 add-on companies within the SmartThings’ app right this moment, together with Air Care, Clothes Care, Cooking, Power, Residence Care, Pet Care, Good 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 

Wanting again on all that now we have achieved, we’re grateful to our great companions and builders. Good issues occur when units speak to at least one one other, and with out our robust partnerships, creating significant connecting dwelling experiences wouldn’t be potential.

As we proceed the trail towards mass good dwelling adoption, we’re centered on creating experiences with customers on the middle. Whereas options like SmartThings allow a extra related dwelling expertise, customers are on the coronary heart of our enterprise – those who deliver good houses to life by supporting all their large life moments. We’re excited concerning the future and the chance to make good dwelling dwelling the norm for customers within the subsequent ten years and past.

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