Samsung SmartThings now available in the UK

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Samsung has announced that its new line of SmartThings products are available to purchase in the UK, with the new Starter Kit, upgraded Hub and sensors available both in store and online at Curry’s PC World as well as online at Samsung.com

The collection of Samsung SmartThings sensors are now smaller and have been redesigned with a sleeker, more contemporary look. Samsung has also introduced a new “Smart Home Monitor” feature that will give users a continuous video livestream.

It operates around the hub to provide information about potential break-ins, smoke and fire alerts, and other household calamities via video clips and notifications that are sent to your smartphone.

The hub can be used to connect things like security cameras, smart thermostats, and other smart home gadgets. It will work with a range of SmartThings-branded devices as well as other products from Samsung and accessories from Bose, Philips, Honeywell, Yale, LIFX, Aeon and others.

Once you’ve set up your Starter Kit, SmartThings allows you to add any of the hundreds of compatible smart devices to enhance your home.

The Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit contains:

  • a SmartThings Hub to connect with smart sensors, lights, locks, cameras and more
  • a SmartThings Multi Sensor to monitor whether doors, windows, drawers or your garage are open or closed
  • a SmartThings Motion Sensor to monitor movement in your home
  • a SmartThings Presence Sensor to know when people, pets and cars arrive or leave home
  • a SmartThings Power Outlet to control lights, electronics and small appliances

The new Samsung SmartThings Hub is equipped with a powerful processor that enables video monitoring, a battery backup that lasts up to 10 hours in case of a power outage, and a local app engine for optimised performance and the ability to operate without an Internet connection. The collection of small Samsung SmartThings sensors have been designed with a sleek, contemporary look.

The Hub’s video monitoring capability, launching in beta and compatible with select Samsung and D-Link cameras, is unique in that it allows people to improve peace of mind while maintaining their privacy. A livestream can be accessed at any time, but video is only captured and stored when an unexpected event, such as motion by the front door, is detected. With this new feature, SmartThings is introducing a solution called Smart Home Monitor, which provides unified access and control against intrusion, smoke and fire, leaks and floods, and other common household issues by delivering real-time text alerts and video clip notifications from multiple cameras to the user or select contacts via the SmartThings app. Intelligent buffering enables video clip recording to start prior to the event so users can see what caused the incident.

With the free Samsung SmartThings app, you can receive important notifications about what’s happening at home, control your smart devices with a simple tap and choreograph your home to react to your unique preferences.

The app is available for download from today for Android in the Play Store and iOS from iTunes.

Pricing for the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit, as well as individual elements of the Starter Kit which can be bought separately, is as follows:

  • Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit: £199
  • SmartThings Multi Sensor: £30
  • SmartThings Motion Sensor: £30
  • SmartThings Presence Sensor: £30
  • SmartThings Power Outlet: £45
  • SmartThings Moisture Sensor (not sold as part of Starter Kit): £30

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