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February 6, 2015

Samsung’s SmartThings joins Z-Wave in IoT push

SmartThings provides an open platform that offers users a way to turn their home into a smart home.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Samsung has taken another step into the Internet of Things space, as its recently acquired home automation firm joins the Z-Wave Alliance.

SmartThings has become a member of Z-Wave’s board of directors, joining a list that includes ADT, Evolve Guest Controls, FAKRO, Ingersoll-Rand, Jasco Products and LG Uplus.

SmartThings provides an open platform that offers users a way to turn their home into a smart home.

The system, controlled through a single mobile app, consists of a central Hub that can communicate with over 150 devices.

Since the company was acquired by Samsung in August 2014, the number of devices and apps created for the platform has doubled, with more than 10,000 developers and over 1 million installed SmartApps.

"SmartThings is a welcome addition to the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors," said Alliance Chairman Mark Walters.

"The incredible growth they’ve experienced in just over two years — culminating in their purchase by Samsung — is a testament to their understanding of the smart home market and a validation of their platform. This kind of market insight and technical expertise will prove instrumental in helping the Z-Wave Alliance guide the future of our industry-leading technology."

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