WASHINGTON — Samsung-owned SmartThings unveiled its next generation of products, including a new hub and sensors, additional integration with third-party devices, and a new premium subscription service.
The new hub includes a more powerful processor, built-in backup battery power, and cellular connectivity in case the home’s wired Internet connection goes down. The hub also adds additional protocols such as Bluetooth Smart.
SmartThings is also rolling out new “micro” versions of its core sensors at about a third of the size of its first-generation devices.
New third-party devices that can be integrated with the new hub include Netgear cameras, Philips Hue lights, Honeywell thermostats, Chamberlain garage door openers, August locks and all Samsung smart appliances.
A new premium subscription service enables SmartThings to automatically send designated contacts a text or call when a problem in the home requires immediate attention, such as a flood or fire. The premium service also includes built-in DVR services for cameras