Harman and Samsung have entered into a vital association that will have Harman holding adult a SmartThings’ customary and carrying it brazen opposite other Internet of Things products. Announced today, Samsung SmartThings RD group and HARMAN Connected Services (HCS), a multiplication of HARMAN International, will combine on a height with HCS building and ancillary a SmartThings applications and device development.
Samsung purchased early Internet of Things heavenly SmartThings in 2014 for around $200 million. Since afterwards Samsung has solemnly stretched a product line and worked a services into several Samsung product. Yet from an outward vantage point, SmartThings has been treading water.
Harman, also a Samsung company, will take on pivotal SmartThings growth tasks including with building and deploying a SmartThings app, work third celebration sensors into a SmartThings ecosystem, rise SmartThings Cloud and rise a SmartThings roadmap.
SmartThings launched as one of a early companies that offering a complete, warden Internet of Things ecosystem. The association raised a $3 million seed round in 2012 and demoed a wears during CES 2013 by retrofitting a rented residence in Vegas. Samsung purchased a association in 2014 when a IoT wars were heating up. Since then, SmartThings has mostly been left behind as Alexa and Google Home have grown in popularity. It will now be adult to Harman to make SmartThings live adult to a early promises.