Anyone patiently waiting for the new next generation Samsung SmartThings Hub to start shipping will be pleased to know that it is now available to pre-order priced at $99 and will start shipping next month during September 2015.
The latest SmartThings Hub has now been equipped with a more powerful processor and a local app engine to aid the ability to control light, appliances and more around your home.
Samsung has also updated the sensors within the device and has also launched an optional premium service for customers that would like to enhance the home monitoring features and add the ability to capture live DVR video using SmartThings-compatible cameras. Together with the ability for it to continue operating in the event of a power or Internet outage thanks to the inclusion of a built-in backup battery. Samsung explains more :
We are updating our family of sensors with modified versions of the SmartSense Presence, SmartSense Motion, and SmartSense Multi sensors. At roughly one-third the size of our first-generation devices, the new SmartSense Motion sensor and SmartSense Multi sensor pack all of the power of SmartThings’ current devices, while offering a more minimal presence in your smart home. And the new SmartSense Presence sensor features a more durable and compact plastic enclosure.
We’re also launching an optional premium service that will offer customers advanced incident management control, and improved home monitoring through DVR video streaming.
This new service enables SmartThings customers to automatically send a text to or call friends, neighbors, or loved ones they pre-select whenever a problem is detected that needs immediate attention–such as a flood or fire. Customers will be able to grant trusted contacts access to their smart devices so that these friends or neighbors will be automatically notified of a problem requiring attention at the customer’s home, and also able to easily resolve it.
For more information on the new SmartThings Hub jump over to the official Samsung website for details via the link below.