Following the addition of Sonos and Smartwares to Conrad Connect in late 2018, which have since been integrated into Smart Home platform projects, Samsung is now joined by another major partner whose products will be networked centrally through the IoT platform.
From now on, Conrad Connect's 440,000 users can connect Samsung devices to IoT devices, apps and services from over 100 other brands in the Conrad Connect ecosystem and create their own smart home automation projects. Samsung's own platform for their connected products, SmartThings, comes to around 45 million monthly users. The products supported for networking via Conrad Connect include, for example, smart TVs, motion detectors and Samsung's networked home appliances. According to Conrad Connect, all devices compatible with Samsung's SmartThings platform can also be networked via Conrad Connect.
Connecting different systems
Andreas Bös, Vice President at Conrad Connect, reiterates in the announcement that it lacks the lack of cross-vendor compatibility of many IoT devices and services. Not only does every brand require its own app, but it can not be linked together. “A digital jumble in which the consumer can quickly lose the perspective“Judges Andreas Bös.
This is precisely where Conrad Connect comes in, combining different systems. Supported brands include Amazon Echo, Google Home, Homematic IP, Osram, Philips Hue and Sonos. Instead of manually controlling each IoT device with its own app, Samsung's Smart TV, WiZ lighting, the Homematic IP thermostat control and Sonos speakers can all be connected via a single platform.
The Samsung-Conrad Connect partnership is one of Samsung's first cloud-to-cloud integrations with an external IoT platform.