It’s a tradition for residents of Philadelphia’s South 13th Street to decorate their homes elaborately for the month of December.
This year Samsung offered its SmartThings platform starter kits to residents to help transform their traditional lights into connected smart home devices for the annual Miracle on South 13th Street. It’s a showcase for consumers on how to run their homes more efficiently this holiday season with solutions from the SmartThings ecosystem, using outlets to automate holiday indoor décor, smart switches to manage outdoor lights and the hub to manage home settings when traveling.
“We know for many people, setting up their smart home can seem like a huge undertaking,” said Bill Lee, VP Smart Home Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, in a press release. “The residents of Miracle on South 13th Street in Philadelphia show that you can start small by easily integrating smart technology into existing set-ups, and then grow as your needs evolve.”
Samsung’s SmartThings line of products is compatible with Google Home, Amazon Echo, Philips Hue and Ecobee thermostats and smart locks and smart wall outlets and cameras, and uses a central hub to coordinate things.
On the enterprise side, Samsung announced its ARTIK Cloud in April, an open data exchange platform that connects devices and applications.
ARTIK’s goal is to help companies focus on developing ideas rather than worrying about the underlying structure. ARTIK was in development for more than three years before it was announced in April, according to Uwe Thomas, Samsung’s director of business development for IoT, in Digital Trends.
“Without getting into the technical nuts and bolts,” added Digital Trends, “Artik aims to be able to connect devices not originally designed to communicate with one another and let companies make IoT applications relatively easy.”
The leap from platform to network exponentially increases innovation and brings new alignments. For example, Legrand, a leader in electrical and digital building infrastructure products, is in partnership with Amazon Alexa, Cisco and Samsung for its IoT Eliot program.
It has developed a Legrand lighting system that works with Amazon Echo, products not designed to be compatible. Samsung’s SmartThings door sensor can connect with Legrand lighting switch devices to turn them on when the door opens and off when the door shuts.
“With an autonomous home, it’s going to take a look at everything around us,” said Pete Horton, VP market development at Legrand, in Digital Trends” Whether it’s social media, our calendar events, emails or other things that are going to be inputted into our life.”
And on the road, in the not too distant future, devices in our hotel rooms from the TV, temperature, lighting and curtains will be connected and controlled by the guest, who can even watch the latest season of Netflix’s House of Cards or Amazon’s Transparent.
Samsung is offering hotels its Samsung Hospitality Wall Plate access point as the demand for services and connectivity from guests continues to rise.
“At any given time, we have 800 to 1,400 devices running on our network,” said John Yu, director of management systems for Le Parker Meridien, in Skift. “But during our peak evening hours, we typically have over 2,000 devices connected to the network simultaneously.”
Placing multiple access points throughout the hotel solved the problem. “We used to have difficulty providing a quality network experience when we hosted gaming or movie companies because of their VPN, static IP, speed and coverage needs,” said Yu. “But our new access points are robust enough to take care of these issues.”