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Samsung Pushes Further into Smart Home Market

Tim Maytom

Samsung IFA showcaseSamsung has unveiled a series of new services and products for its Smart Home portfolio at this year's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The new range focuses on increasing home safety, improving energy management, adapting to in-home location and enabling voice command throughout the home, and demonstrates Samsung's increasing commitment to the Internet of Things market.

Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics is set to deliver the opening keynote speech at IFA on 5 September. In his speech, titled “Bringing Your Future Home,” Mr. Yoon will outline the company’s vision for the ‘Home of the Future.’

"We are excited to Smart Home experience which will make our customers' lives easier, with innovative products that help everyone's day to day routine, such as managing home security and energy consumption," said Robert King, vice president of consumer electronics at Samsung UK & Ireland. "We are thrilled to be leading the way in making the Smart Home possible for our customers worldwide."

Among the services revealed was a feature connecting digital door locks with IP cameras, so that they can be remotely accessed, sending alerts when locks are opened while homeowners are away and enabling them to check the cameras.

The Smart Home service will also enable users to monitor the amount of electricity used by energy intensive appliances, and the expected cost of their energy consumption, with a facility to set targets for reducing bills and setting up monthly maximum allowances for each device.

Location awareness services will enable devices to be turned on using location recognition technology, for example switching on lights as users approach their homes, while S Voice, a voice recognition service embedded in Glaxy smartphones and the Gear series of wearables, will enable users to activate devices like robot vacuum cleaners and Smart LED lights using voice commands.

"We plan to build a truly open smart home ecosystem by actively incorporating a variety of services and platforms into the cloud, as well as by opening up Samsung's platform to developers," said King. "The Samsung Smart Home will continue to evolve through the development of new services that enable people to enjoy their lives in smart ways."

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