Samsung has taken an interesting approach to the launch of their SmartThings platform in Australia – launching it first in Victoria in a partnership with RACV ahead of a national roll out in the future.
RACV will sell the Smart Home Starter Kit exclusively which includes a SmartThings Hub, as well as motion, temperature, orientation and window/door sensors.
It all comes with assisted installations though the RACV too which will appeal to the bulk of the automotive club’s member base who may be daunted by this technology.
Eric Chou from Samsung Electronics Australia said: “Today’s announcement is an incredibly important stage in Samsung’s journey with partners like RACV to support the lifestyles of Australians with smart technologies that can be installed around the home.
“SmartThings is a simple and easy to use system that will give Australians confidence and peace of mind by allowing them to manage a range of home sensors and connected product through the SmartThings app on their compatible smartphone.
“Smart technology should empower people and provide them with the tools to help manage their everyday life in the best way possible. SmartThings is one way that we are seeking to provide a seamless and easy smart home experience that supports their unique lifestyle.”
Nicole Brasz from the RACV added: “We are delighted to partner with Samsung to launch the SmartThings Starter Kit, as it gives us the opportunity to provide our members with a unique platform to help make their homes more efficient and their lives easier.
“Considering smart technology in Australia is growing substantially each year, RACV is committed to meeting the changing needs of our members in their homes.
“Australians are predicted to have over 30 connected devices per household in the next couple years. Gaining greater control on the way our homes are run is a crucial step in maximising potential efficiencies.
“The Smart Home Starter Kit is a fantastic first step for Australians to start to connect and automate their homes. Each kit comes with an installation and basic training service by a SmartThings specialist to help customers get the most out of their new platform and existing smart devices.”
at $378 the starter kit is great value, given that includes installation too – no word on when this will roll out nationally, but expect similar partnerships in other states over the next 6-12 months.
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