Samsung’s new SmartThings home automation hub is finally available – PCWorld

Samsung-owned SmartThings has finally launched its new home hub along with new sensors and a new video monitoring capability.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is available now in the U.S. and on Sept. 10 in the U.K. The hub costs $99 with sensors ranging from $30 to $55. There are now more than 200 compatible devices.

The hub and connected sensors can be used to control the lights, thermostats and doors, and warn about things such as water leaks. It works with ZigBee and Z-Wave radios.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub has been redesigned to solve some of the reliability issues the predecessors suffered from. The redesign makes it possible to handle some tasks locally, meaning it can operate without an Internet connection.

Hardware improvements include a more powerful processor and a battery backup that lasts up to 10 hours in case of a power outage.

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The processor will power a new video monitoring capability, which first will be available as a beta version.

Part of this expanded video push is the Smart Home Monitor service. It lets users watch over and protect their home from anywhere in the world, according to Alex Hawkinson, CEO and founder of SmartThings.

“You’ll get a text, alert or video notification if there is smoke or anything else happens in your home. So you can act before it turns into a disaster,” Hawkinson said.

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